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Continuing to raise awareness of mental health within the Loddon community; the Loddon Healthy Minds Art Competition is on again in 2019!
This year we have two themes
‘Mental health matters to us all’
‘Mental health begins with me’
These art themes are challenging entrants to explore why mental health is important to everyone, and looking at their own mental health.
As usual there will be two sections, an Open section for those over 18 and a Junior section for those between the ages of 14 to 18.
• The open section of this competition is open to all Loddon Shire residents aged over 18 years
• The junior section is open to all Loddon Shire residents between the ages of 14 to 18 years of age
• All work is to be completed within the last 12 months and solely by the artist
• Size of artwork is to be 1 metre square maximum and A4 minimum (needs to be transportable)
• Any medium can be used (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture etc.)
• 500-1000 words related to the theme
• Mental health focus – with all people de-identified
• preference for typed entries
For the Art Competition, prizes will be as follows:-
Best in Show:
To the value of $70
School section best in Show:
To the value of $60 (The Best in Show winning entry (if a school entry) is eliminated from this judging round)
To the value of $50
Open runner up:
To the value of $20
Individual school first:
To the value of $50 (one per school)
Individual school runner up:
To the value of $20 (one per school)
For the Literary Competition, prizes will be as follows:-
Book voucher to the value of $50
Open runner up:
Book voucher to the value of $20
Book voucher to the value of $50
Junior runner up:
Book voucher to the value of $20
How to Enter
Entry forms are also available from:
Municipal Offices: Wedderburn and Serpentine
Or contact the Community Wellbeing Officer on (03) 5494 1230.
Artwork Entry: All artwork is to be completed and delivered to the Loddon Shire office at Wedderburn or Serpentine by the first Monday in August.
Enquiries: Community Wellbeing Officer
Telephone: (03) 5494 1230
There are mental health and wellbeing services available in your community through the Flying Doctor Wellbeing program, which is offered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria.
Flying Doctor Wellbeing provides free confidential mental health appointments with no need for a GP referral. You are able to access 6 free sessions with a mental health clinician through a face-to-face meeting or via telehealth.
To access the service you must be aged 18 or over, live or work within 60 minutes of Boort (the local service site) and experiencing:
- worry, sadness, stress or low mood
- relationship or family difficulties
- financial stress
- lack of confidence
- grief or loss
- concern for a family member or friend
For further information, please visit https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/vic/our-services/wellbeing/
Bookings can also be made by contacting Boort District Health on (03) 5451 5200.
The Loddon Healthy Minds Network are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Art Competition. A total of 34 entries were received this year, based on the themes “Stop Mental Health Stigma” and “Words For Wellbeing”.
This year also saw our first literary entry from Wedderburn College student Alexis Timu who wrote a great piece titled “Stand Up”.
And the winners are..........
Best In Show Anne-Maree Hansen
Best In Show (Schools) Sophie Perryman (Boort District School)
Open Section 1st Prize Anne-Maree Hansen
Open Section 2nd Prize Anne-Maree Hansen
Boort District School 1st Prize Rebecca Barsdell
Boort District School 2nd Prize Amy Malone
Pyramid Hill College 1st Prize Lizzie Newell
Pyramid Hill College 2nd Prize Isabelle Caspani
Wedderburn College 1st Prize Janet Launder
Wedderburn College 2nd Prize Genevieve Tonkin
Thank you to all the entrants who submitted artwork for this years competition, and congratulations to all the winners!!
We look forward to announcing the 2019 Art Competition theme in the new year!
On Friday 23 February 2018, the Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Major Projects, Member for Bendigo East officially launched the carers video.
This video has been developed in partnership between the Loddon Healthy Minds Network and the Bendigo Health Carers Support Program, and involves carers of people with a mental illness talking about their experiences.
Organisations are encouraged to save a copy of this video and use as appropriate.
To register, please click on the link to the Eventbrite booking schedule above.
The registration form provides the bank account details to allow payment to be made. Please include your name in the description section.
General registration $250
Suicide rates in rural and regional areas are considerably higher than those within the metropolitan setting. People in rural areas face more risk factors and challenges that contribute to this.
This forum focuses on strategies and programs that work in rural areas.
A range of presenters have been selected to address some particular high risk cohorts in our region, including farmers, LBGTIQ, youth and so on.
Hosted by Cath Styles with key note speaker Wayne Schwass.
Featuring: Fiona Livingstone (Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health)
Meg Bennett, Maree Dixon and Emily Slater (Headspace)
Pauline Neil (Macedon Ranges Shire Council)
Alannah McGreggor (SPAN Walk)
Sandra Goode (Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network)
Jason Azzopardi (Victoria Police)
Dr Alison Kennedy (National Centre for Farmer Health)
Lauren Zappa and Jacalyn Grose (Royal Flying Doctor Service)
Jo Rasmussen and Alistair Bonsey (Murray Primary Health Network)
Jeremy Forbes (HALT)
Rebecca Gardner (Mental Health and Wellbeing – DHHS)
A copy of the program for the day can be downloaded: forum program
RSVP by Friday 24 August 2018
If you are unable to attend the event after your RSVP, it would be appreciated that you let the Loddon Healthy Minds Network know as a courtesy to organisers and sponsors.
(03) 5494 1230
Sponsorship opportunities are available on the day, please click on the link for further information regardinig how to apply for sponsorship: sponsorship form
As advocates in the mental health and suicide prevention area, the group of people identified as LGBTI represent an area of particular concern for the Loddon Healthy Minds Network. This is because the statistics tell us that LGBTI people are the most at risk group in our community when it comes to mental health and suicide. These figures are documented in the report by the National LGBTI Alliance. You can download a copy of the report below.
When people talk about reducing suicide and reducing mental health issues in our communities, you would think the best place to start would be the highest risk groups. Unfortunately there is little evidence to suggest that this is being done.
Too many deaths by suicide each year in Australia are from the farming community. Every suicide or attempted suicide has a ripple effect as it impacts friends, family, colleagues and entire communities.
Because of the stigma associated with suicide, many of the experiences of those affected by suicide remain untold.
The Ripple Effect has been developed by the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin University, the Victorian Farmers Federation, AgChatOZ, the Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland, Sandpit and Western District Health Service as part of beyondblue's STRIDE Project with donations from the Movember Foundation.
Loddon Healthy Minds Network in collaboration with Bendigo Community Health Services is producing a short video resource intended to provide greater understanding and insight into the role of carers who support people with mental illness in the community.
The video resource will be used predominantly online as well as relevant forums and information sessions in encouraging conversations and reflection on the role of a carer including the importance of self-care for people undertaking this role.
As part of the video production we are looking to interview several carers to gain their perspective on the following questions:
What is stigma?
Stigma happens when a group in society are not regarded with the same respect as others. There are numerous definitions but, put simply, stigma is primarily a problem of behaviours resulting in the unfair and inequitable treatment of people. Stigma involves a variety of myths, prejudices, and negative stereotyping of people with mental health issues.
Nearly half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. Despite this, people living with mental illness will often experience stigma and discrimination from friends, family, employers and the community as a whole. (Copied from the Murray Partners In Recovery Site)
We have a new logo for our Community Representatives!
Loddon Healthy Minds Network has representatives from many various organisations. There are quite a number of professionals who contribute their expertise and knowledge to the running of the organisation.
The Network recently felt it was appropriate to list these partners and acknowledge their involvement. Being professional organisations, they all had a nice logo to add to the front page.
That was all but one group of people though; our Community Representatives.
Community Representatives are integral to the working of the Healthy Minds Network. They are the ears and voices of mental health and advocacy to the Network. These people give up their time freely to contribute to the betterment of mental health and wellbeing within our Shire.
A logo has been approved by the Committee for use by the Community Representatives. In the form of a tree, it is representative of having it's roots in the Loddon Shire. The trunk of the tree represents the Committee and the leaves are representative of the community representatives feeding back into the committee and the Shire.
No logo would be complete without the Healthy Minds logo itself sitting at the heart of the image.
Council is currently seeking expressions of interest from residents of Loddon Shire Council to represent the community on the Loddon Healthy Minds Network committee. The Committee currently has vacancies for two community representatives.
The Loddon Healthy Minds Network promotes and advocates for improved wellbeing and access to appropriate services for people in Loddon Shire affected by mental health issues. Meeting are held bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of the month and take place on a rotating roster throughout various locations of the Loddon Shire. Compensation for travel to meetings is provided.
If you have an interest in improving mental health and wellbeing in the wider Loddon Shire community we would be interested in hearing from you. Further queries may be directed to Wendy Gladman, Director Community Wellbeing on 5494 1226.
The National Rural Health Alliance is Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Its Vision is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia and its goal is equal health for all Australians by the year 2020.
Partyline is an online magazine published by the National Rural Health Alliance, containing articles and information promoting good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia. Partyline Issue 56, August 2016 contains a number of articles related to mental health and wellbeing:
Page 18: Bringing better mental health to rural areas through online programs
Page 20: Innovations in remote and rural mental health care
Page 24: Suicide safety planning – helping support those at risk of suicide
Page 54: Qlife – Supporting LGBTI people in regional areas
Visit the Rural Health website for current editions.
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years), however, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.
What the course covers:
The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Stigma is so common in our communities surrounding mental illness. Generally though this is because of a lack of understanding of what mental illness is all about.
One of the first things we should remember is that the person is not the illness. John is not schizophrenic, John has schizophrenia. Mary is not bipolar, Mary has bipolar. Mental illness is no different to physical illness. It can be just as debilitating and cause just as much pain and problems in a person's life.
Watch this video about Jack.