The Mental Health Foundation Australia (Victoria) www.mentalhealthvic.org.au organises Victoria's annual statewide Mental Health Week to reduce stigma, increase awareness and provide events to learn and participate in.
Mental Health Foundation Australia (Victoria) also produces a brochure 'What is Mental Health?' which includes 'Seven Ways to Keep Mentally Healthy'.
The Seven Ways are:
One - We all relax in different ways. Work out how you relax and do it regularly, not just when you need it. Remember that good sleep is very important.
Two - Try to spend time with good company: friends, neighbours, family, work colleagues and school friends.
Three - Spend time regularly with yourself, away from all demands. Look after yourself by thinking of things you might enjoy such as reading a book, taking a walk and listening to some music.
Four - Imagine some simple changes to your routines, which may increase your positive feelings. Get out of bed earlier, meet some new people or read a daily newspaper.
Five - If you are worrying about something, try to understand your thoughts and the reasons for them by writing the problem down and talking to someone about the problem.
Six - Set some realistic goals for yourself and once achieved set new ones.
Seven - Exercise regularly, ideally about 20 minutes each day, and eat healthy nourishing food.
As part of Mental Health Week, why not check if you use all seven ways? And if not, how about trying them for a couple weeks and see how you feel?
A reminder that our Chaplin, Gillian and Adrian, Wellbeing Officer, are available at school for students and contact from parents/caregivers on 5783 4335. General Practitioner Doctors and Counsellors are available for support.
Support is available 24 hours, seven days a week from Kids Helpline (for ages 5-25) on 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelp.com.au/teens or Lifeline 13 11 14.
Have a great Mental Health Week and Successful Term 4!