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Sept Theme: Mental Health - How we can we support Australian neighbourhoods?

There are a number of events focusing on Mental Health this month and being aware of Mental Health issues is a key part of building stronger neighbourhoods. 

We see a number of people who may feel isolated or just want to reach out to others in the community so this month we will try to promote options for everyone to connect.

With this in mind, we wanted to take a more active approach in encouraging Nabo members to get involved as all of us need to help in some way.

What will we do on Nabo this month?

  • Highlight key events like Womans Health Week starting Sept 3, World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday Sept 10 and R U OK Day on Friday Sept 14?
  • Highlight local organisations who are helping to connect local communities and help Australians feel less isolated and more supported.
  • Encourage Nabo members to highlight local organisations doing great work so more people find out about them and hopefully participate.

What can you do to help? 

Ultimately though, it's the local communities and members like you who can help. Sometimes it's as simple as saying hi 😊. Sometimes it's just thanking someone for a comment or highlighting a great event or organisation that people can go attend.
 

This month, any of the following would be great!
1) Reach out to your neighbours and say hi,
2) Post on Nabo about an organisation that helps connect or support people,
3) Say thanks to someone's post,
4) Welcome a neighbour to Nabo,
5) If you see a neighbour this week, say hi and ask how they are going
 

Organisations we've highlighted this month

We will add organisations that we are working with or who we have highlighted this month to this blog as we go through the month so feel free to check back when you need to find something, or just look through your suburb feed.

Home Care Heroes https://www.homecareheroes.com.au/ - NDIS Approved helpers who do good deeds for people who are unwell or feeling lonely due to ageing, illness or disability. They are focusing on helping on NSW and Qld but hoping to go National in 2019 so register your interest.

R U OK? https://www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day - National Organisation promoting Mental Health Awareness. Check out our 2017 blog about them here.

Mens Shed - https://mensshed.org/ - National Organisation providing practical support, specialised services and resources for men with over 1000 'Men sheds' across Australia.
 

Check out Mental Health Australia's directory of organisations for more ideas.
 

If you or someone you know and care about needs help, please get them to contact any of these organisations for further help.

Lifeline

Phone: 13 11 14
www.lifeline.org.au
Anyone experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide
Available 24/7
Online counselling available at set times - see website for details

Suicide Call Back Service

Phone: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Anyone aged 15+ years who is suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal, bereaved by suicide, or a health professional supporting a suicidal individual
Available 24/7
Access up to 6 x 1 hour  telephone counselling sessions
Online counselling available at set times - see website for details

Kids Helpline

Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au 
Young people aged 5-25 years
Available 24/7
Web & email counselling

MensLine Australia

Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au
Men, all ages
Available 24/7
Online & video counselling at set times - see website for details
Access up to 6 x 1 hour telephone counselling sessions.
Services also available in Arabic.

beyondblue 

Phone: 1300 224 636

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