On Monday we had the pleasure of working with Davidson Rural Fire Service one of Australia’s largest brigades. The Man Anchor #letstalk workshop is about kick starting the conversation about mental health in a positive and productive way and the crews engagement and discussion during and after the workshop was fantastic. I’m truly grateful to have had the opportunity to help build on the already s… See More
That’s another 12 Mental Wellbeing & Welfare Mangers trained with tools to support their local clubs and the wider surfing community in times of crisis.
A fantastic group from all walks of life bound together by their love of the ocean and community.
Thank you Ben Higgs @bthiggsrfa from the @risefoundationaust for a fantastic job over the two weekends. I would also like to thank Surfing NSW, Luke Madden @lukemadden and John Shimooka @johnshimooka for their ongoing support.
It’s important to remember that we are all different. Being different is what makes us unique, giving us each our own personal identity.
As individuals we have our own way of seeing and dealing with life, it’s important to understand that the world is seen differently through other people’s eyes, especially when it comes to mental health.
It’s common when witnessing a friend, family member or colleague suffering from a mental health condition that we are confused by the cause or trigger. We find it hard to understand- “What do they have to be depressed about? Surely not, they have a great life?”
The way we all hear, see and process information, events and challenges are different. Take this scenario for instance you may have two friends with the same social, moral & ethical values however the way in which each of them process a situation may be completely different. One may think the situation is trivial were the other may find it completely overwhelming. I call this “The Same Same But Different Theory”.
Understanding these differences is key to helping us identify and demonstrate EMPATHY to the people in our lives that maybe struggling with a mental health condition.
A simple tip for keeping yourself in GOOD MENTAL HEALTH is making time for YOU. Carve out a little bit of time in your busy life to do something for yourself that you are passionate about and that brings you joy. It could be a sneaky surf before work, making one day a week to get home early from work to coach the kids sports team or dust off the old guitar and have a jam.
Life is about balance and making sure you get that balance right is unbelievable for your own wellbeing.