There are moments in time, and events, that evoke a variety of responses from us. Winter with its grey skies and rainy days is one of those times that can bring the blues with it for some of us. The one thing to always remember is that there's always sunshine around the corner. The world is massive and wonderful and goes beyond our own private little world. There's a lot we can do, to create that feel of warmth and forever summer in our psyche.
Beyond Blue is a great place to start when our human soul, mind or spirit is flagging, and we need to have our life force reenter our being. Mental health still has a lot of stigma aka negative stereotype attached to it, especially by the judgemental or those who have a lack of understanding. The first rule of thumb to remember is that having mental health issues is not a mark of disgrace or a reference to the quality of your being. The Others should never be a barrier to have a complete and satisfying life.
We all need a little, or more than a little help and support, in our lives. Beyond Blue is a great source of information, helplines, and how to have that conversation tips, to coach you through the tough times. Their website alone is filled with so much information, even before you access actual help from their organisation. Whatever your age, where ever you live, there's information and support to help everyone in Australia. There are 3 million Australians living with anxiety or depression, so NEVER be afraid to reach out.
On the other side of the coin, helping others can sometimes be part of the process of getting better and there are many fundraising events near you to get involved in or support. If you have a fundraising event you'd like to promote, you can list your event on their website.
The reason for your event could be like We are all in the same boat - Life's Good. If you happen to be in Queensland, you can take a free sunset charity cruise on a luxury catamaran, Life's Good. Donations are encouraged, so be a local hero to mental health and donate generously as 100% of the funds raised goes to Beyond Blue. All this while enjoying amazing views and having a good time yourself. You can also donate directly HERE till 29 Feb 2020 and make a difference in the lives of people in Australia affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.
Miss Sunshine Art also proudly supports Beyond Blue via their online shop till 30 Apr 2020. This and the above event's fundraising campaign both run through till early 2020. Buy a framework of beautiful uplifting drawings on premium textured paper with an element of craft and an empowering message of hope and $2 from every purchase will be donated to Beyond Blue.
If you're in Queensland, Beyond Blue is the official charity for the 2019 Tough Mudder Series. Last year's series helped raised $100,000 for BB and this year they're aiming to top it by $50,000 more. There's a lot to be said about staying connected and being physically fit and exercising as tools that also help in mental health. Are your ready for Tough Mudder? Check their website for events (18 May to 17 Nov 2019) in your state.
Deadlift for Depression 2 is another physically challenging event. It's run as a way for people to show support through lifting, for those they care about, and also support Beyond Blue in research for bettering the studies of clinical depression and anxiety. The event in Somerville, Victoria on 21 July 2019 is limited to 40 participants with a $30 or more donation towards the cause. CLICK HERE to register for FREE.
Find out more about Close THE Gap on 'bb.org.au/2W5QGvO' (copy & paste)
How are you at flipping 250lb tractor tyres along 5kms from Port Melbourne to St Kilda Beach in Victoria? Help raise $10,000 for Beyond Blue and follow Steve Booth and Domenic Moore as they attempt to break the Australian Record on 27 Jul 2019. Check them out and please DONATE towards their humungous effort in support of BB.
Could you trek 30km or 60km to raise funds and awareness for mental health and wellbeing in Australia? If so, SA is the place to be on 20 Sep 2019 to set yourself a challenge to get fit and reconnect with friends and nature; all good for our mental health, while raising funds for BB. Places are limited, so don't miss out!
Heading back to Victoria, Ash's Ride for Mental Health from 20-27 Oct 2019 starting from Fed Sq is a gargantuan effort from 17 year old Ash Nathan whose family and friends have been affected by mental health. This event involves a ride to Adelaide from Melbourne. All funds raised from donations and purchases will be donated to Beyond Blue.
Another worthy warrior that inspires and empowers everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life is R U OK? You''ll also find them on Facebook. Don't stay BLUE, get out there and GLOW PINK and beautiful with health, through help and support, so REACH OUT!