Tackling a big launch
There’s been plenty happening with Murrumbidgee’s Suicide Prevention program in regional New South Wales. This month the team launched its Thought, Talk, Tackle campaign aimed at sporting clubs as a way of speaking to men, a high-risk group for suicide. The program kicked off with an event with the Hay Lions Football and Netball Club. Then it was on to the inaugural Group 20 Mental Health Awareness rugby round on May 27.
That day, the Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo United Rugby League Football Club in the Northern Riverina hosted the match with players in Wellways-sponsored jerseys. “It was just an amazing day,” says Zoe Evans, who manages the program.
The team is now working towards a July 7 launch with another footy code, the Australian Football League. ‘Thought, Talk, Tackle’ is a program encouraging everyone to talk about their health and wellbeing as way of opening up conversations about mental health. It is funded by the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and delivered in partnership with Beyond Blue.
More information available on our Creating Suicide Safe Communities page.
Day of healing
The Narrandera Healing Day was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together by the river through dance, music, food and fun. Wellways staff helped organise the community event in rural New South Wales for those people whose lives have been touched by suicide. There was a barbecue, live music, indigenous dancers, healing circle, face painting, jumping castle and a very moving burning ceremony.
Wellways is working on holding more community events, education projects and in developing a Suicide Prevention Reference Group to meet monthly in the region.
Fridge in the mail
If you live in Tasmania, watch out for the Wellways to Health fridge magnet arriving in your letterbox. The fun fridge magnet - in the shape of a fridge - is being distributed to 32,000 households in Launceston, Burnie and Hobart.
Wellways to Health is a free program for anyone feeling tired, stressed or anxious.
It helps people take charge of their health and wellness by improving wellbeing, building on strengths and helping to better manage everyday life and stress.
The program is ideal for people less able to pay fees for other psychological services and anyone unable to access other funded and private psychological services. Wellways to Health is the result of years of research and was developed at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
Register your interest on our Wellways to Health page.
Team broadcasts support
Wellways Geelong is now a recognised safe place for members of the LGBTIQ+ community, after staff took part in a video created by City of Greater Geelong and the GASP project creating safe spaces.
Your chance to get involved
The Wellways Helpline service in Melbourne also needs volunteers to assist up to 400 people a month who phone in for support. It’s a great role for people to get work experience, or for anyone with a bit of time to spare helping others with training provided.
Apply now on our volunteering at Wellways page.
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Speaking up for good health
Wellways has been training people with their own experience of mental illness to support others in their recovery. In Tasmania and Victoria, 16 people recently took part in “Well Said” training. This means they are now able to speak more comfortably in public and share their personal stories.
“It was an amazing two weeks and we all came away feeling like we had gained so much, both personally and professionally,” said Annie Whitehead, a Wellways Peer Worker from Burnie. “We all loved the format of the training, enriched no doubt by our amazing facilitator Mark Jackson. I highly recommend the training to everyone.”
Pictured left to right: Adelle, David, Kathy, Mark, Annie and Kate.
Hose for adventure
Wellways participant Daniel Ceresa had a wonderful time spraying the fire hoses on a recent visit to the Mackay Fire Station. Daniel thoroughly enjoyed exploring the station, meeting the officers and seeing the massive trucks. These interactions and experiences are so highly regarded and important for community engagement. Daniel was able to participate in an exciting and educational experience organised by Wellways support workers. A big thank you must go to David Sharpe and the crew at the Mackay City Fire Station in northern Queensland who welcomed the Wellways visitors.