beyondblue is one of five charities participating in Vodafone Foundation’s App Aid and needs your support to help develop an app that could change the world for the better.
With the help of Melbourne app developers Two Bulls, beyondblue will develop the Check-in App: How to ask, how to listen, how to help, an app for young people to check-in on friends and to start conversations.
beyondblue needs your support to win the challenge and take out the bonus $10,000 by having the most number of supporters. It is exciting that the app will become a reality in 2014.
You can assist beyondblue by donating $1 at www.pozible.com/thecheckin by 5pm on Thursday 5 December and by sharing the link with your friends and family.
Thanks for your support.
Learn more about alcohol and other drugs and your mental health
Our friends at Headspace are running a live web chat info session on alcohol and other drugs on Thursday 28 November.
It’s an opportunity to speak anonymously online to their mental health professionals and members of the Headspace Youth National Reference Group.
It will also allow you to hear from others about their concerns and experiences with alcohol and other drugs.
Alongside the information session, Headspace has launched a new video about alcohol and helpful strategies you can use to keep on top of your drinking.
Join Headspace on Thursday 28 November from 5-6.30pm (AEDST) for their live web chat.
Introducing the Check-in App: How to ask, how to listen, how to help.
beyondblue has paired with Melbourne app developers, Two Bulls, to create a new mobile app which will support young people with ways to check-in with their friends and help start conversations.
1 in 4 young people aged 16-24 experience depression or anxiety, but only a quarter will seek help from a professional. We know that young people are more likely to confide in their friends when they are going through a tough time. Checking-in on a friend can make a real difference, but knowing the right thing to say can be tough.
Your support will help make this project a reality – visit www.pozible.com/thecheckin to make your pledge today!
Sometimes life can get a bit hectic and things can seem too much. Relaxation is so important for mental health and wellbeing and everyone needs time out to do things they enjoy! For some helpful hints on how to de-stress, check out our fact sheet here (embed link: http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/factsheets-and-info/fact-sheet-7-dealing-with-stress/) or visit reachout.com (embed link: http://au.reachout.com/find/articles/relaxation ) to find some great ways to chill out!
Our friends at R U OK? have produced this awesome campaign clip about community conversations.
Community Conversations is an Indigenous youth-led campaign to encourage positive and meaningful conversation between friends, family and community members. Have a community conversation today with someone important in your life.
One in six Australians are currently experiencing anxiety, depression or both – this means that these conditions touch almost every family, workplace and group of friends. To help the community take one step towards better mental health, beyondblue plans to travel to towns, regional centres and cities around Australia engaging 4 million people. Through EFTPOS giveback we could receive up to $2 million dollars to raise funds towards this National Roadshow – but we need your help! www.eftposgiveback.com.au/vote
Study is tough! There are so many distractions– catching up with friends, Facebook, even cleaning your room can seem more exciting than finishing off that assignment or revising some notes.
You know that it would be in your best interest but… you guess you’ll get around to doing it eventually.
If you are struggling with procrastination and want to a few tips on how to stop putting off your study, check out www.thedesk.org.au
@ppreciate is a fun new site where you can make customised messages and compliments.Just head to www.appreciateamate.com to begin. @ppreciate makes it easier to spread positive messages via social media to your friends and tell them just how awesome you think they are… why not give it a go?
This site has been created by our friends at the Young and Well CRC.
On average, 44 Australians take their lives each week. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Most suicides are preventable and we all have a role to play in reducing the stigma and discrimination that stops people asking for help. If someone is behaving out of the ordinary, has become withdrawn or seems down all the time, don’t be afraid to ask if they’re OK. Don’t worry you’ll say something wrong – just say something.
If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.
To chat to someone now call Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or the beyondblue Support Service 1300 22 4636.
Self esteem is about seeing your good qualities, being comfortable with your weaknesses and doing your best with what you have. Hear young people talk about self esteem, what low self esteem looks like and improving yours and your mate’s self esteem.
Our friends at headspace have released two new videos.
Being angry is normal and sometimes it can motivate you to do better. In other situations, it can be harmful. In the video young men talk about anger, what the warning signs look like and how it can affect our day-to-day lives.
This video is a story about a young person’s experience of self-harm and her process of getting help.
Our friends at the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre are looking for 20 enthusiastic and committed young people (12-25 years old) who are passionate about improving the wellbeing of their peers to be a part of our 2013-2014 Youth Brains Trust.
The primary role of the Youth Brains Trust is to provide direction to the Young and Well CRC. The possibilities for this are almost limitless, and can include discussing topics that are relevant to young people’s lives and how they use technology, providing advice for research teams on the best ways to engage with young people, reviewing research project proposals, and co-presenting at a conference with a staff member or researcher. The group communicates regularly online and meets face-to-face once or twice a year.
For more information and detail on how to apply click here
Our friends at headspace launched a new video featuring headspace ambassador Ash London and fellow Channel 11 presenter Scott Tweedie talking about relationships.
In the video Ash, Scott and other young people chat about what makes a healthy relationship and how to deal with the challenging time of a relationship break up and moving on.
Check out the video here.
Want to speak to someone about a relationship concerns? The beyondblue support line is available 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or there is webchat 4pm to 10pm (AEST) every day.
Our friends at headspace have launched a new video today looking at what ‘mental health’ actually means to young people. ‘Mental Health and You’ features the headspace Youth National Reference Group (hY NRG) and also covers how you can spot problems and some easy tips on how to get help.
Check out the clip at http://www.headspace.org.au/about-headspace/news-videos/news/mental-health-and-you-video
The Young and Well CRC has joined with Movember and beyondblue to declare it is ‘game on’ for tackling the mental health and wellbeing of young men aged 16-25, after its national survey revealed almost 20% - 400,000 young men - do not think their life is worth living.
Young men with moderate to very high levels of psychological distress were more likely to:
To view this important research head to http://www.youngandwellcrc.org.au/news/article/241
YRBD is an annual music competition designed to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people in the Hunter and surrounding areas. As well as being a platform for emerging music artists, the competition encourages young people to get thinking and talking about mental health issues with friends, family and networks and aims to promote the range of services available to support young people – both locally and nationally.
In 2013, YRBD will be coordinated by a partnership between the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, headspace Hunter and headspace Newcastle, with support from the local music industry in Newcastle, the Loft Youth Arts & Cultural Centre, Lizotte’s Newcastle and sponsorship from local businesses.
About the competition
Eighteen bands are chosen to compete in one of three weekly LIVE HEATS held Wednesday, 4th, 11th and 18th September in a lead up to a Grand Final event on Wednesday, 9th October (NSW Mental Health Month). Bands perform in front of a panel of local music industry representatives. Six grand finalists compete for a range of prizes including a fully produced and mastered 3-track EP recording package and promotional assistance totalling $3,000. Criteria for entry:
· Youth must be between 12 to 24 years of age;
· Youth must live in one of the following areas: Greater Taree, Gloucester, Scone, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Dungog, Great Lakes, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Wyong and Gosford regions.
Entrants can compete in several competition categories, including:
* General band competition – prizes for first, second and third place
* Original songwriting competition – prizes for best song and best lyrics
* Emerging young talent – prize for best talent under 18 years of age
* Encouragement award – prize for band with best overall attitude.
For more information, checkout www.himh.org.au/YRBD
Many young Australians from distinct cultural backgrounds face additional challenges when ”coming out” to their families and communities about their sexuality.
So to help raise awareness of the challenges, and to let those going through it know they are not alone, a group of young Melburnians who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) have created an animated movie based on their experiences.
On Sunday July 7th the NRL beyondblue Cup will be played between the Canterbury Bulldogs and Newcastle Knights in Mackay, Queensland to raise awareness of depression and anxiety. In the lead up to the game, the Bulldogs will be running a number programs in the Sydney & Mackay region that beyondblue will be assisting with to further promote both our messages. These program include a Rugby League School Holiday clinic incorporating Youthbeyondblue messages.
The beyondblue Cup aims to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and related drug and alcohol problems and to reduce the associated stigma within the NRL community. Around one million Australian adults live with depression and more than two million have an anxiety disorder. By partnering with beyondblue, the Bulldogs aim to encourage people to talk about depression and anxiety and to seek help. This partnership further enhances the Bulldogs in the Community Programme. All players and coaches have taken part in beyondblue awareness workshops to help them recognise the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and build confidence to assist a friend or team-mate to get help.
Check out all the photos from the NRL Mackay school holiday program here. Young people were asked why they though being active was good for their mental health. Below is all the idea the young people came up with about how sport makes them feel.
beyondblue are looking to produce an Australian multimedia resource to support families in providing an inclusive family environment for their gay, lesbian, more than one gender attracted, trans and intersex (GLBTI) family members, thereby reducing the potential for discrimination.
The aim of this resource will be to provide families with:
• Support in understanding and embracing diversity in gender, sex and sexuality
• Information to de-stigmatise same and more than one gender attraction, intersex, trans and gender diversity
• Tangible advice about how to support people exploring their sexuality and gender identity to build their personal identity in an inclusive environment
• Links to further support
This initiative will build on the beyondblue commitment to work with others to address the high prevalence of depression and anxiety in GLBTI communities. The booklet will be housed on the beyondblue website as an e-resource, with links to filmed personal stories.
To underpin the messages of the resource, we want to include real stories of both:
(a) parents and family members talking about their experience leading to and following their child/sibling coming out, not only the immediate situation, but how that relationship has changed over time
(b) community members’ experiences leading to and following their coming out to their family
We are looking for people to share their story in a three to five minute video to underpin the messages and information in the Family Support e-resource. Aspects of the stories will also be used throughout the e-booklet as quotes and case studies, to further strengthen the information in the e-resource.
For more information and to receive a copy of the Expression of Interest form please email with GLBTI Family Support Resrouce in the subject email@example.com
Friday 21 June is Go Skateboarding Day!
This day is an opportunity for Skateboarders around the world to celebrate their sport. But for us it’s a reminder that there are so many ways to be active, have fun and maybe even release a bit of creativity whilst being active.
Staying health is important for your mental health and being physically active is only one aspect so why not check out our fact sheet on staying healthy. If you are thinking about getting active and not sure where to start check out the Australian Sports Commission website.
To celebrate Go Skateboarding day we have taken a few snaps of our office skateboard, kindly donated to us by our friends the Red Frogs, making it’s way around the office