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We have a new logo for our Community Representatives!
Loddon Healthy Minds Network has representatives from many various organisations. There are quite a number of professionals who contribute their expertise and knowledge to the running of the organisation.
The Network recently felt it was appropriate to list these partners and acknowledge their involvement. Being professional organisations, they all had a nice logo to add to the front page.
That was all but one group of people though; our Community Representatives.
Community Representatives are integral to the working of the Healthy Minds Network. They are the ears and voices of mental health and advocacy to the Network. These people give up their time freely to contribute to the betterment of mental health and wellbeing within our Shire.
A logo has been approved by the Committee for use by the Community Representatives. In the form of a tree, it is representative of having it's roots in the Loddon Shire. The trunk of the tree represents the Committee and the leaves are representative of the community representatives feeding back into the committee and the Shire.
No logo would be complete without the Healthy Minds logo itself sitting at the heart of the image.
Council is currently seeking expressions of interest from residents of Loddon Shire Council to represent the community on the Loddon Healthy Minds Network committee. The Committee currently has vacancies for two community representatives.
The Loddon Healthy Minds Network promotes and advocates for improved wellbeing and access to appropriate services for people in Loddon Shire affected by mental health issues. Meeting are held bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of the month and take place on a rotating roster throughout various locations of the Loddon Shire. Compensation for travel to meetings is provided.
If you have an interest in improving mental health and wellbeing in the wider Loddon Shire community we would be interested in hearing from you. Further queries may be directed to Wendy Gladman, Director Community Wellbeing on 5494 1226.
The National Rural Health Alliance is Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Its Vision is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia and its goal is equal health for all Australians by the year 2020.
Partyline is an online magazine published by the National Rural Health Alliance, containing articles and information promoting good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia. Partyline Issue 56, August 2016 contains a number of articles related to mental health and wellbeing:
Page 18: Bringing better mental health to rural areas through online programs
Page 20: Innovations in remote and rural mental health care
Page 24: Suicide safety planning – helping support those at risk of suicide
Page 54: Qlife – Supporting LGBTI people in regional areas
Visit the Rural Health website for current editions.
Stigma is so common in our communities surrounding mental illness. Generally though this is because of a lack of understanding of what mental illness is all about.
One of the first things we should remember is that the person is not the illness. John is not schizophrenic, John has schizophrenia. Mary is not bipolar, Mary has bipolar. Mental illness is no different to physical illness. It can be just as debilitating and cause just as much pain and problems in a person's life.
Watch this video about Jack.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by New Economics Foundation from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The project, published in 2008, drew on state-of-the-art research about mental capital and mental wellbeing through life. The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed to communicate its key findings.
The Five Ways have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their wellbeing. They’ve been used in lots of different ways, for example to get people to start thinking about wellbeing, to develop organisational strategy, to measure impact, to assess need, for staff development, and to help people to incorporate more wellbeing-promoting activities into their lives.