Reduce the ‘one in five’
Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group is joining forces with Channel4Change and the Hiking For Health, Habitat and Humanity initiative to raise awareness of mental illness and wellbeing during Mental Health Month in October.
Deni MHAG chair Julie Mullins says the community is invited to get involved, by taking part in the ‘Five in Five’ challenge.
‘‘One in five Australians have a diagnosable mental illness in any one year. Deni is no different,’’ she said.
‘‘We believe increasing awareness about mental health and promoting physical and mental wellbeing can reduce the impact of mental illness on our community.’’
Deni MHAG is using this ‘Five in Five’ theme to challenge all community members to get involved.
‘‘Our goal is to challenge the community to come up with their own ‘Five in Five’ challenges, which can be inspired by any combination of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ resources — connect, be active, keep learning, be aware and help others.
‘‘The challenge to the Deni community is to try at least try one new thing from the ‘five ways’ every week.
‘‘This could mean a variety of things to different people. Everyone can ‘try the 5’ at home, work or during study.’’
Challenges according to the themes will be posted by Deni MHAG each week.
It will start next week with a challenge on the theme of connecting.
‘‘Human beings are social animals,’’ Ms Mullins said.
‘‘Our relationships with others contribute to feeling good, so it’s important to socially connect with others where we can.
‘‘Developing healthy social relationships can increase our feelings of happiness, security, belonging and self-worth. Creating bonds with family and friends allows us to feel secure.’’
Visit www.denimnetalhealth.org.au for up to date information, pathways to help and more ideas on the ‘five ways to wellbeing’.