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 which began in 2021.
MSA Mental Health Awareness Month – May 2022
We are excited to support the Black Dog Institute again to deliver a month of Mental Health Awareness and education in May 2022. Some activities that we are planning for are:
A webinar with the Black Dog Institute where the presenter shares 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.
Sharing resources made available for Clubs and Members.
Encouraging Branches, Clubs and individual members to come together throughout May 2022 to fundraise for the Black Dog Institute (or any other chosen mental health charity).
Providing fun ideas on how your club might fundraise in the future
Help raise funds to support BDI and ‘Set yourself a Challenge’ during the month of May! Read HERE for some challenging ideas
After selling out our limited edition 2021 yellow MSA MHA swimming caps we are excited to be able to offer the 2022 limited edition Mental Health Awareness Swimming Caps. In support of the Black Dog Institute and mental health month, be sure to grab your bright blue cap while stock lasts. ($17.50 inc postage)
If you missed the FREE webinar ‘Breaking Down Depression’ held on Sunday 1 May at 2pm (AEST) about mental health and wellbeing there are other webinars facilitated by Black Dog Institute. Register for any of the upcoming Black Dog Institute webinars during the month of May. The presenter will share 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.
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.