Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Make your pledge

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Local businesses and individual­s are being urged to get involved with this year’s ‘Five in Five’ challenge, to raise awareness of mental illness and wellbeing during Mental Health Month in October.

Held in Deniliquin for the first time last year, the Deniliquin Mental Health Action Group is again partnering with local charity founders to host the initiative.

It includes Channel4Ch­ange founder Brenda Norman, who has again committed to swimming a 20km stretch of the Edward River each day for five days from September 27.

The ‘Five in Five’ challenge was developed on the principles of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ resources — connect, be active, keep learning, be aware and help others.

It also aims to highlight that one in five Australian­s has a diagnosabl­e mental illness in any one year.

Community members are encouraged to come up with their own ‘Five in Five’ challenges, and try one new thing from the ‘five ways’ each week.

Ms Norman, who is head teacher instructio­nal leader at Deniliquin High School, said the initiative has started early this year, with Deni High school students actively engaged in the program all this week.

‘‘As part of PDHPE, students will be engaging with the concept of five ways to wellbeing,’’ Ms Norman said.

‘‘They will be looking at online resources, including what’s available on the Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group website, and the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ resources.

‘‘We want the students to think of examples within those ways to wellbeing they could do themselves, and set a pledge for themselves to complete during October.’’

Ms Norman said looking after your own wellbeing and that of others is an important message to impress on young people, or people of any age.

She said it has become more important this year after an extended period of lockdown, which has prevented many from attending school and socialisin­g with their peers, and as we continue to navigate the constant changes and challenges of a COVID-19 pandemic.

‘‘The current climate is not normal, and many of us still have family in lockdown or who we are separated from because of border closures,’’ she said.

‘‘The whole idea of this challenge is to encourage people in the community to think about what you can do to improve wellbeing and mental health.’’

The Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group’s ‘Five in Five’ campaign will officially launch this Friday in the DENILIQUIN PASTORAL TIMES, and continue for the next five Fridays.

The first of the five ways to be explored in detail as part of the campaign — ‘Connect’ — will be included in the PASTORAL TIMES on September 24, followed by ‘Be Active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’, and ‘Help Others’ on subsequent Fridays.

For more informatio­n, or access to the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ resources, go to www.denimental­health.org.au.

Anyone requiring crisis support can contact Accessline on 1800 800 944 , Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Informatio­n is also available at www.denimental­health.org.au.

 ??  ?? Brenda Norman has renewed her swim pledge in 2021.
Brenda Norman has renewed her swim pledge in 2021.

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