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Community broadcasting and mental health: The role of local radio and television in enhancing emotional and social well-being

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This article sets out to explore the role of community broadcasting in enhancing the emotional and social well-being of its diverse audiences. We argue that communitybased broadcasting is having a positive impact on the state of mental health of its audiences. We make our argument by reviewing audience research data from a study of the Australian community broadcasting sector conducted between 2004 and 2007. The findings reveal that the community radio and Indigenous television sectors are making a significant contribution to managing community mental health by empowering audiences to better understand and control issues that impact on their emotional and social well-being. This suggests opportunities for health care agencies to consider the potential of enlisting community broadcasting in future mental health campaigns. The study reinforces a claim that mainstream media need to be more aware of a growing dissatisfaction with their inability to 'connect' with their diverse audiences on such issues. It also provides further evidence for community radio as a key cultural resource that meets its expected outcomes in contributing to social gain.

Keywords: Community Media Matters; Indigenous television; audience studies; community radio; emotional and social well-being; mental health

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/rjao.9.2.89_1

Affiliations: Griffith University, Australia

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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