A huge THANK YOU to the masters swimming community that participated in Mental Health Awareness Month – MAY.
You have connected with one another in so many ways this month, and helped us on our journey to raise awareness of mental health and support the Black Dog Institute by fundraising for mental health research. And you helped us reach our target of raising over $10,000.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that is around 5 million people, and roughly 60% of these people will not seek help (www.blackdoginstitute.org.au).
The overwhelming concern for Masters Swimming Australia is that our members are not immune to this statistic. The impact of the temporary closures of pools, training venues, active gatherings, financial stress and isolation from friends and family etc. is unknown on members mental health.
In 2020, the NBM and Branches discussed the benefits of supporting mental health with a focus on a Mental Health Month in 2021.
During May 2021 MSA and the Swim Meet Committee were pleased to support the Black Dog Institute in delivering a month of Mental Health Awareness and education.
We held a webinar, ‘Breaking Down Depression’ with the Black Dog Institute where the presenters shared their lived experience with mental illness and provide insights on signs and symptoms of mental illness, when and where to seek help, and practical strategies for helping a friend or family member.
MSA encouraged Branches, Clubs and individual members to come together throughout May 2021 to fundraise for the Black Dog Institute (or any other chosen mental health charity). Our aim was to raise $10,000 as the masters swimming community and we are nearly there – you can still donate by clicking HERE.
Also checkout some great ideas on how your club might fundraise in the future HERE
Purchase a Limited Edition MSA MHA swimming Cap
MSA is selling a limited edition of our Mental Health Awareness Swimming Caps. In support of the Black Dog Institute and mental health month, be sure to grab your bright yellow cap while stock lasts. ($17.50 inc postage)
Mental Health Awareness is a chance to highlight the importance of connecting with one another and educate our community the benefits of swimming on mental health. MSA will regularly update this page with articles and research that will be of interest to our readers.
Seaside PiratesA picture from our walk and get together today which was mainly for mental health Month but a great chance to get together and get to know each other.
We walked across the Harbour bridge to the Australian heritage pub and enjoyed a lovely lunch of Kangaroo and Crocodile pizza, fish and chips, salmon and chicken schnitzel.
We left with the thought of doing it all again, perhaps another walk and another pub, but a great opportunity to meet “out of the pool”. Hopefully you can join us next time.