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.

Last year, the NBM and Branches discussed the benefits of supporting mental health with a focus on a Mental Health Month in 2021 (May).

MSA and the Swim Meet Committee are excited to be supporting the Black Dog Institute to deliver a month of Mental Health Awareness and education this May.

May’s Activities

This month MSA will bring various activities to members to promote mental health education and encourage members, clubs and Branches to connect in through fundraising activities.

 

Webinar – Sunday 2 May @ 2pm AEST

Masters Swimming Australia is proud to support the Black Dog Institute presentation of ‘Breaking Down Depression’ on 2 May at 2pm AEST.

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.

Please join us for this free presentation about mental health and wellbeing.

Register here for webinar

Note: Additional free webinars are available for Branches to organise for their Clubs and Members. Please contact admin@mastersswimming.org.au for further information

 

Fundraising Weekend –  15 & 16 May

MSA as a swimming community will come together and fundraise for the Black Dog Institute (or any other chosen mental health charity). For help with ideas for fundraising activities, please refer to the list of  ideas here.

Register here to join fundraising for BDI

Remember to send in and share your ideas and photos/videos with us to post on this webpage and our social pages.

 

MSA is selling a limited edition of 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.

 

Resources

Mental Health Awareness Month 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.

If you are after more information about this, please visit https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/fact-sheets/

Black Dog Institute also offers a free online assessment tool https://onlineclinic.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ that you can try.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, contact the following crisis services:

Emergency 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
MensLine 1300 78 99 78
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

 

Photo Gallery

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