MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA ARE RUNNING
FREE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS IN 2020!
Mental Health Foundation Australia is making all of their support groups available online until further notice.
Once you register, closer to the support group date, the group facilitator will contact you with the link to join the meeting.
For further information:
phone: 1300 643 287
Men's Mental Health Week 2020
This year "Hope Assistance Local Tradies" (HALT) & "Inglewood District Health Services" (IDHS) combined forces to bring Men's Mental Health to the forefront in local sport within the Loddon region. Due to COVID-19 the community has missed local sport, which gives people the opportunity to de-stress, socialise and have a laugh.
Check out thisYouTube video LINK on "how to look out for your mates and have the tough conversations" made in conjuction with IDHS, HALT, Wedderburn College, Sargent Zac Bull and local sporting club members.
If you or a mate are struggling and feel you may need some support to get through, It is important to reach out to Inglewood and Districts Health Service, HALT, any of the listed organisations below or one the The Loddon Healthy Minds member agencies which are linked to their organisations logo's along the bottom of the webpage below.
HALT Website LINK
IDHS Website LINK
Suicide Call Back Service Website LINK
Mensline Website LINK
Gotcha4life Website LINK
Dad's In Destress/Parents Beyond Breakup Website LINK
Beyond Blue Men Website LINK
Continuing to raise awareness of mental health within the Loddon community; the Loddon Healthy Minds Art Competition is on again in 2020!!
This year the themes are
Open Section & Aged 14-18 years: ‘Stop Stigma’
Aged 9-14 years: ‘Living happy & healthy’
Aged under 9 years: ‘Kindness begins with me’ colouring poster
These art themes are challenging entrants to explore why mental health is important to everyone, and looking at their own mental health.
This year there will be four sections; Open, Upper secondary, Middle school and Junior.
The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted and affected everyone in many ways internationally. During times like this, you may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the media coverage and the constant changing of advice and regulations to contain the spread of the virus.
While it is important to stay up to date with this information, it is also important to look after ourselves by knowing that there is alot of mental health and wellbeing help, advice, tips & strategies available to us so we can continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times.
Do you have older adult friends or perhaps a friend who has just become a new mum or friends living on their own? A phone call check in could go a long way to add brightness to their day. If you’re in a position to help, assistance with grocery shopping could also make a big difference. During challenging times, it’s more important than ever to check in with loved ones, friends, work colleagues and neighbours. If you think someone is not quite themselves, reach out and ask ‘Are you OK?’ The R U OK website has some handy steps for checking in and starting these conversations.
Our changing circumstances may be impacting people in different ways. Set aside time to ask yourself how you’re doing. Recognise routines which are helping to reduce stress and consider other strategies you could potentially add into your day to help. The Black Dog Institute has created a resource titled ‘Importance of self-care planning’ which helps people identify self-care strategies that are a good fit for them. Our habits can really impact how well we sleep and as our routines maybe different during this time, the Better Health Channel has some great tips on how we can improve our sleep quality. Additionally the free App Smiling Mind, has a special initiative called ‘Thrive Inside’ which helps us to stay calm and healthy in the physical constraints of our home. The
ABC podcast ‘Mindfully’ is another free resource to turn to for guided mindfulness.
Regular movement has many ‘feel good’ effects on our whole body. The key is finding a form of movement you enjoy! It might be breaking up your day with a lunchtime walk or run on your property. Or perhaps tuning into one of the many You Tube workout channels or even an online dance class perhaps? The experts at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute have developed some resources tailored for healthy adults, those aged over 65, and people living with heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Additionally, Nike Training Club app has lots of free work outs to choose from.
Our opportunities for connection during this time haven’t reduced, they’re just taking on a different form. Some tips for staying connected whilst also social distancing can be seen below:
• Reach out to friends and family via phone calls, video chats, SMS, email, social media. You might even decide to set specific times to phone loved ones and check in
• Regular contact with your work colleagues is important and your favourite rituals such as trivia, newspaper crosswords and quizzes can still continue, maybe via video chat instead?
• Sit down and have dinner together as a family
• Walk in nature
• Spend time with pets
• Read stories to your children
• When you are out in the community for essential tasks, smile at others
Other links that you might find helpful are
- E-Mental Health in Practice https://www.emhprac.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Full-COVID-19-Factsheet-.pdf
- Life in Mind Australia https://www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/support-for-those-impacted-by-adverse-events/mental-health-support-for-covid-19
- Headspace https://headspace.org.au/young-people/health-and-wellbeing/
- Mindspot Resources for coronavirus - MindSpot Clinic
- Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
- Sane Australia https://www.sane.org/
- Mental Health Commission https://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/News/2020/March/COVID19-Mental-Health-Information
- Health Direct https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/
- Head to Health https://headtohealth.gov.au/
- Lifeline https://www.lifeline.org.au/
- The Red Cross https://www.redcross.org.au/
- The Department of Health and Human Services https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
- The Lookout https://www.thelookout.org.au/family-violence-workers/covid-19-and-family-violence
- Ride4Life https://www.ride4life.org.au/
WATCH THIS SPACE - INFORMATION BEING UPDATED REGULARLY
The Loddon Healthy Minds Network Suicide Prevention Forum 2020 will be held online on the 22 October from 9am to 3.30pm.
We are thrilled to announce that Ben Brooksby, The Naked Farmer is the Key Note Speaker for the forum.
The Naked Farmer social media movement all started with a cheeky photo of Ben Brooksby. It soon exploded into a worldwide phenomenon capturing the hearts and eyes around Australia and the world by starting conversations about mental health. Find out more about the Naked Farmer movement from Ben at the Forum.
Ticket registrations will be available soon on this website.
Judging for the 2019 Loddon Healthy Minds Network Art Competition has been completed.
A total of 21 entries were received for this year’s competition; entrants were challenged to complete an art piece using either of the two chosen items of;
'Mental health matters to us all'
‘Mental health begins with me‘
Annual Wedderburn Community Splatter Run & KiT Van Launch
In partnership with Wedderburn College, Inglewood and Districts Health Services are holding our Annual Splatter Run. The Splatter Run will be held on Sunday the October 27th @11 am at Donaldson Park. now in its the second year, The Splatter Run is a unique event in the Loddon Shire that celebrates healthiness, happiness and participation for the youth of the area.
The Splatter Run sets off at 11 am and will see runners of all ages and abilities have a day of fun, exercise and lots of colour. There is a choice of participating in the 5 km, 1.6 or both. It’s an untimed event, so there’s no pressure to time the mile it is just to fun. It is so positive and fun you’ll probably see Splatter runners running, skipping, dancing and smiling to the finish line. There will be an opportunity for students to try a sport, a DJ will provide the music, an obstacle course, Laser Tag from The Zone and other activities such as tug of war.
The Splatter Run aims to encourage young people to become involved and be more active in their community in a fun and supportive environment.
The KIT Van, a mobile youth mental health resource, will be launched at this year’s event for the Loddon Shire. The Kit van has been created to provide information for the 12-25-year age group and can be accessed for community events.