Re­duce the ‘one in five’

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Out & About -

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’.

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