From 1st March to 31st March we will be heading to the pool to help save lives. Sadly, 1 in 4 young people is living with a mental health challenge in Australia, and suicide is still the leading cause of death for young people – more than cancer or car accidents. I have created a team ‘Healthy Mindz‘ and we will be raising money by taking part in Laps for Life, March 2021. Every lap we swim will help ReachOut support young people through anything from everyday issues to tough times. https://www.lapsforlife.com.au/fundraisers/HealthyMindz
OUR CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH
Through my work as a therapist I see everyday how mental health begins to take a grip in our young children with high levels of anxiety. I know the importance of saving lives also from being a Crisis Counsellor for Lifeline WA and the importance of support for anyone going through a tough time.
My team and I are taking to the pool for the 1st March-31st March to swim as many lengths as we can to raise money for this important cause. Please help us help others by donating on the link below. This will motivate us to swim harder and faster, to help save the lives of our struggling youth.
WHY CHOOSE SWIMMING?? Swimming laps is a great way to get your body moving and your heart pumping. It’s low-impact, uses your whole body, and is a lot more relaxing than sweating away in a spin class for an hour. The benefits include:
Boosts your mood – Because you use every major muscle group in your body, you release healthy endorphins and get a hit of serotonin.
It promotes mindfulness and relaxation – You are so focused on your breath you can’t help but be present.
You will sleep better – As with any physical activity your sleep improves.
Improved strength and stamina – As you swim you tone the muscles in your body to become stronger and fitter.
Set some goals, get out of the house and get some Vitamin D – When we set goals it motivates us to get up and get moving.
HELPING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA BE HAPPY AND WELL
RU OK DAY is TODAY! I believe we should be aware of this important question EVERYDAY. But now is the time to ask YOURSELF the question…. RU OK???
How to prepare yourself.
Before we can attempt to help anyone else we need to check in with ourselves. How have we been affected by this years challenging events? Do we need our own help and support? Are we in the right head space to be able to support someone else?
The turbulence of this year has seen a significant rise in mental health issues. Many of us have experienced varying levels of fear, anxiety and stress during this Covid period. Others have experienced job losses, financial strain, poor health and concern regarding the uncertainty for the future.
A recent review found the potential psychological effects of quarantine include depression, PSTD symptoms, confusion, anger and severe loneliness all adding to our pre existing conditions, only exacerbating further the need to talk and seek support.
A CONVERSATION CAN CHANGE A LIFE. Simply asking somebody if they are ok can be life changing, knowing that somebody cares and is there to support them. Being available to listen to somebody in their time of need can be a pivotal moment for that person. It’s not always easy for us to listen, so be aware of trying to problem solve and just be present to hear their story.
Five top tips to help with the conversation:
Ask yourself am I ok? Am I in a good head space to be able to help another? Am I prepared for a negative response?
Pick the right time, when you have time to talk and not have to rush off.
Listen with an open mind, don’t interrupt and allow them to talk. Active listening to their story and not your own.
Encourage action: what might help them, how would they like change or how to seek professional help.
Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
If you or anyone you know is in crisis help is available. Call Lifeline 131114 Beyond Blue 1300224636 or Mensline Australia 1300789978