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This thursday is our yearly open evening, at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. Come along for:

  • An entertaining night!
  • To meet the staff
  • To hear our guest speakers
  • To hear group speakers and presentations
Contact us to RSVP

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. One of the themes for this week is ‘It’s in your hands’: make good mental health a priority in your life. In accordance with this theme, I’ve put together some tips for making mental health a priority in your life.

  • Sort out things that cause you worry and stress – The less that you have to stress about, the better. If things are stressing you, this will be a strain on your mental health.
    • Money – Consider budgeting, remembering there are services available that can help.
    • Work Demands – Consider talking to your boss about your mental health. Consider taking time off, and having time for yourself. Don’t take on more than you are able.
    • School/University Demands – Make sure you are aware of what is required, and when, don’t leave things for the last minute. Consider reducing your course load.
  • Become aware of what things cause you to feel down, and what things you can do to make yourself feel good again. Consider making a Wellness Action Recovery Plan 
  • See your Doctor – While Medication will not solve all problems, it may play an important role in your recovery.
  • Talk to someone – Whether it’s a therapist, a counsellor, or even a trusted friend, find someone who you feel comfortable talking with. It’s important to have an outlet, to express your feelings. Counselling often is available inexpensively.
  • Make your life healthier – having a healthy lifestyle does wonders for your mental health.
    • Exercise – get involved in some form of exerise that you enjoy. It could be anything, organised sports, walking, running, dancing, anything that you enjoy and gets you moving. For more ideas, see Push Play.
    • Healthy eating – make sure you get a balanced diet, particularly making sure you are eating plenty of protein, and avoiding high energy foods. For more healthy eating information, see ‘Food for Health‘ (a pamphlet put out by the ministry of health).
  • Deal with negativity. negative thoughts & low self esteem
  • Reach out to others, friends and family, meet new people and reconnect with old friends. 
  • Reconnect spiritually – This means different things for different people, for some it may mean going to church, for others it might mean spending time with nature.
  • Take the time to do things you like – Make sure you’re spending some time doing things you want to do, and getting some enjoyment. If you don’t have anything, maybe look at picking up an extra hobby?

You may find some of these may work for you. They may not, but the important thing is to find what works for you, and do it. Your mental health is yours, so make sure you own it.

October 2008