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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:

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

phone: 1300 643 287 

website: https://www.mhfa.org.au/CMS/online-support-groups

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Monday, 29 June 2020 12:33

Men's Mental Health Week

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 Lets talk about mental health posterwithin 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.

Monday, 06 April 2020 10:49

COVID-19 Help and Information

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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.

Five Ways to Wellbeing
‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ focuses on 5 simple ways to improve your wellbeing because a “healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body”. We can nourish our psychological health in lots of small day-to-day ways. To visit their website click here

Keep Learning
What better time than now to pursue new hobbies and skills? There are many places we can turn to for free tutorials and online resources. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide a wide variety of free online courses available for anyone.
Perhaps you fancy a virtual museum tour around some of the world’s top museums?
Why not explore NASA Live Stream or check out what the animals are up to in our zoos? Inspired to learn some new recipes? The Heart Foundation has you sorted.
The Goldfields Library has a range of eLibrary resources available free to Goldfields Libraries members. To become a member click here.

Help others:
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.

Be aware:
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.

Be active:
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.

 Connect:
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 

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. 

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:53

HALT Community Wellbeing Walk 2020

HALT 
 
The HALT Community Wellbeing Walk is a 6-day fundraising walk from Monday the 30th of March to Saturday the 4th of April 2020, incorporating 160km of the Goldfields track from Mt Buninyong (just outside of Ballarat) to Bendigo. This walk is a major fundraiser event for HALT and we are aiming to raise $20,000. Registrations are now open, with a registration fee of $200.
 
Starting from Bendigo, we’ll walk through old Goldfields towns including Mt Buninyong, Ballarat, Creswick, Daylesford, Fryerstown and finish at Harcourt. Across the 5 nights, our intrepid HALT walkers will be billeted in houses to ensure we are well-rested for the following day’s walk. The HALT walkers will be required to carry a medium-sized pack with sufficient water, fruit, nuts and first aid kit for each day’s walk, but there will also be a support vehicle close by at all times and lunch will be provided.
 
Those hardy and brave souls that agree to partake in this walk will also be required to individually raise money for HALT. We are asking people to aim high and set themselves the challenge of raising a minimum of $1,000.
 
Where will all the money that is raised go?
 
HALT is all about grassroots community connection, so that’s where the money will go:
 
HALT events and speaking presentations
HALT suicide prevention training (45 minutes)
safeTALK training (3-4 hours)
(These three options will be offered to the towns we are hiking through or near.)
We would love to have you come along with us on HALT’s 2nd Annual Community Wellbeing Walk!
 
To register your interest, please click on this link
Thursday, 03 October 2019 11:21

2019 Art Competition Results

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'
OR

‘Mental health begins with me‘

 

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 11:58

Keep in Touch (KiT) Van

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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.

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Member Organisations

Some agencies have provided further information and links to their websites. If the logo shows a hand when you mouseover, you can click for more information.
Loddon Shire CouncilBENDIGO HEALTHIDHSHALTHEADSPACEBoort District HealthLifelinePCPcommunityRepsMurray Primary Health Network LogoNorthern DIstrict Community Health LogoStandBy logo final 0517SalvoCare Northern Logo Dingee Bush Nurse

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