Man Anchor is participating in the 2020 Lifeline Classic supporting the fantastic work that Lifelife does supporting our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The event is a surfing tag team event built on raising awareness around mental health and fundraising. Team Man Anchor is building with the inclusion of former World Champ @damienhardman and Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden. Lifeline receives over 3,000 calls a day, A CALL EVERY 30 SECONDS. It costs Lifeline Northern Beaches $27.96 for every call to which they respond. Lifeline Northern Beaches responds to over 74,000 of these crisis calls each year.
We have some awesome prizes to support our fundraising efforts – • A choice of either a replica MR fish or a custom made surfboard from Yugen Surfboards • Breakfast with the founder of Gotcha4Life Gus Worland at Stay Grounded, Collaroy • A personal water photographer session with the super talented Grant Morris
Last week Man Anchor had the privilege of working with the year 11 students transitioning to year 12 at Knox Grammar School. Over two days we unpacked Mental Health with the 360 students. Together we discussed what positive and negative mental health looks like, we also discussed the perceived stigmas and barriers surrounding mental health by stripping mental health back to Health is Health. As a group we also worked on tools to support someone who may reach out to get support and how best to give support.
Thank you to the wonderful team and students at @knoxgrammar for making us feel so welcome. A special thank you @bthiggsrfa for his fantastic Co facilitation. Man Anchor would love to connect with more schools, youth organisations and sporting clubs to support the health and wellbeing of its students and members so please reach out for more information.
As a community we look to farewell what has been a year that we will never forget, and as we try to reflect on the positives and negatives of the pandemic it’s easy for us to head straight to the financial and social impact. For some in the community the pandemic perfectly suited their lifestyle and personality types but unfortunately for others the weight of both the economic fallout and all that comes with it or the social isolation has left negative effects on their mental wellbeing.
I find myself in a privileged position where people freely open up to me about their lived experiences or challenges during COVID, some freely open up about the effects to their mental wellbeing while others brush around it and finish with a comment like “well others have it worse off than me”. It’s important that as a community and as individuals we understand and acknowledge that life affects us all differently and we all have the right to be healthy.
Unfortunately, when we talk about health and the right to be healthy we put our mental health on another spectrum to our physical health, and what this can do is blur the lines of realty that HEALTH IS HEALTH which creates unhealthy stigmas and barriers. If we had an individual that had back pain would they say, “well others have it worse off than me” and not address the pain by seeing a health professional? The answer would be NO.
The key to individuals and the wider community becoming more engaged with the importance of seeking clinical support is as simple as think of the health spectrum. We all have health both physical and mental, which lives upon the health spectrum, on one side we have positive heath and the other side we have negative health or illness. Just like physical health during life we float up and down this spectrum with our mental health. For many of us we address a physical health with early intervention if we feel we are becoming unwell but unfortunately, we do not do the same for our mental health.
The question is, if both our mental and physical health sit upon the same spectrum why does one get acknowledged and addressed and the other does not? If Health Is Health, there should be no differences and no stigma related to addressing any health concern. It’s also important to acknowledge that early intervention can drastically improve and speed up ones recovery time like a physical illness.
If you believe you are floating towards the negative side of the spectrum and have noted changes in your thinking, feelings, behaviours or physical wellbeing it could be a strong indicator that you need the support of a health professional remembering HEALTH IS HEALTH.
If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate help please contact one of the services listed on our Crisis Support PageCLICK HERE
October is Mental Health Month and what better way to recognise it than becoming a Mental Health First Aider.
Mental Health First Aid gives the participants the tools to identify and then support a friend or family member if becoming unwell or in crisis.
The program is run online with 5-6 hours self paced online education and 2 x 2.5 hours virtual workshop with the Man Anchor team on the 20th & 27th of October from 6:30pm. On successful completion you will receive a 3 year qualification in Mental Health First Aid.
For more information or to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free message Man Anchor.
This October Man Anchor and I will be partnering and supporting the unbelievable work that Waves of Wellness Foundation does within coastal communities supporting positive mental health with surf therapy. During the month of October I will be aiming to surf everyday no matter what the conditions or what I have on. Now this may not seem like a challenge for many as it’s an everyday occurrence for a lot of surfers but unfortunately for me balancing family, a full time job and my work with Man Anchor can see my time in the water diminish very quickly, so as much as this is about supporting WOW and their important work, it is about supporting my personal heath and wellbeing with a little bit of self care. If you would like to challenge yourself and join me in surfing throughout October please sign up or if you would like to donate it would be greatly appreciated.