YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS.
This month is Mental Health Awareness month. Not only this month, but every day we should be checking in with ourselves and those around us. Mental health is not visible and it is important to acknowledge that a lot of the time, individuals mask or minimise their emotions due to the fear of the response that may be received when reaching out.
Let’s change the narrative and break the stigma around mental health and come together as a community to bring awareness and normalise talking about how we how we may be feeling no matter the extent. This Mental Health Awareness Month we want to encourage individuals to seek help if needed and emphasise that this does not make one weak or any less. There are a number of resource, information and professionals that are able to assist. We have included a number of helpful resources to assist during your recovery or for carers who are supporting a loved one to recovery.
SupportWise is a collection of online courses designed to empower parents, partners, siblings and friends who are supporting a loved one experiencing an eating disorder. Developed by psychologists with experience helping people recover from eating disorders, SupportWise courses cover the most important things you need to know to support your loved one on their recovery journey. They will help you learn more about eating disorders, what your loved one is experiencing, treatment options and practical ways for you to continue to support them through to recovery. Learn more about SupportWise here.
The Understanding Body Matters Podcast helps those impacted by eating disorders to understand more about the conditions and be inspired towards recovery. Developed by psychologists with significant experience providing treatment for eating and dieting disorders, body image issues and problematic exercise, the podcast provides reputable and reliable information. Hear from a range of speakers – including industry leaders and advocates, mental health experts and stories of hope from those who have recovered. We have new episodes live every second Tuesday. Listen to our most recent episode on exercise addiction here.
Every month, BodyMatters holds recovery talks that endevour to showcase a variety of eating disorder symptoms and recovery experiences. Ultimately we believe and hope you take from our Recovery Talks – that recovery is always possible and usually occurs with through the combination of the right therapist, timing and treatment approach. These presentations offers hope and insight to sufferers, parents, partners and health professionals trying to understand the recovery process. You can register for our October recovery talk here.
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of an individual or require urgent assistance, please attend the nearest emergency room or refer to the below services:
- The Butterfly Foundation: 1800 33 4673
- Lifeline: 131 114
- Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- Youth Line: 9951 5522
- Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636