At Mindfull Aus, a Not Profit Health Promotion Charity with the ACNC - our purpose is to encourage those in high risk areas of Australia to put wellness back in their own hands, enabling them to find their true value, self-worth, purpose and belonging, so that they not only get by and cope but live and lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.
Through our reach across high risk suicide areas which include;
Blue collar Industries & Sporting Clubs – working to reduce stigma in construction, farming & sporting club cultures who predominantly refrain and recoil from conversations around mind and behavioural health.
Regional and remote communities – Regional Australia includes all of the towns, small cities and areas that lie beyond the major capital cities - where accessing resources, support and education can be limited and difficult.
Children & Youth –Mindfull Aus works with an early intervention approach- within kindergartens, primary schools and secondary educational environments. Mindfull Aus
works on the premise of 4 years old to 24. Addressing the topic of mind and behavioural health proactively, supporting our youth to grow up equipped with a greater understanding for their wellness & health.
Mindfull Aus is excited to be working collaboratively with Rise & Find to change the narrative and dialogue around what it looks, feels and sounds like to be emotionally resilient and healthy. Giving people the tools, tips, strategies and a greater understanding on how to combat life’s inevitable situations and challenges rather than supressing emotion and thoughts and having them be expressed in negative and toxic ways.
Through Rise & Find talking about mind and behavioural health becomes comfortable again. Taking the conversation to the ocean in a place that feels more like home than home does for so many. Talking about our thoughts and feelings as men, as young champions does not need to be confined to the walls of professional services – the human being is wired for love, belonging and connection and through avenues like Rise & Find we are going to see staggering amounts of people recognise the strength they can be to themselves and others when they tap into the strengths of who they are and those around them.
At Mindfull Aus we look forward to working with Rise & Find to bring comfort back to a difficult conversation for so many future champions of Australia.
I have been very lucky in a lot of regards and have had a great family and upbringing, I feel that if you are grateful you can say thanks but if you are truly grateful you should show it through actions. Not everyone is afforded the same opportunities and if some people struggling with mental health don't have adequate support from friends, family or social services it is hard to break the cycle. I see it a lot at Dig In (digin.org.au) all it can take for someone to be homeless is a few key things to go wrong, family breakup, business loss, job loss, no family support and mental health issues all coupled together in quick succession can have a devastating effect on any individual.
Things get worse on the streets, people turn to drugs to coupe and start to lose hope as they feel others don't care. This has a terrible consequence on people's lives and sees a prolonged cycle of homeless. Add into the various Government agencies that are underfunded, understaffed and inefficient, people not knowing how to access what services (can be confusing paperwork and too many branches of different government agencies), and the fact that many do not have a postal address all make getting help difficult. There are many hardships facing vulnerable people.
I feel incredibly strong about giving back, I've been running Dig In as the president and co-founder since 2017, I'm there nearly every weekend cooking and serving, it is something that is close to my heart, I have the time to give back, it makes a difference why wouldn't I. We are fortunate to have a great team of volunteers, admin helpers and charity partners. It's a huge team effort.
Mental health is a stigmatised issue and something many in the community do not feel comfortable talking about. This sweeps the problem under the rug and those suffering from mental health feel a burden explaining it to others who may not be receptive or supportive. It takes a great deal of courage to open up and to talk about feelings. If someone has been lucky enough not to struggle with mental health it is hard to truly understand the difficulty of the disease. It is far more than feeling bad. The more people can talk about mental health the better off the entire community will be. Rise and Find and the organisation's efforts to raise awareness and destigmatise mental health is exceptional. By pursuing a conversation out on the water while fishing where all anglers feel most at home, it provides a safe space to talk freely. Fishing in itself is a great activity to clear the mind, forgot the world, breath in the salt air and focus on one thing catching fish. There have been many studies conducted that show fishing has proven benefits to reduce stress and aide in mental health. I know from personal experience when I am fishing I block everything else out and just focus on my lure, the feeling of bites and where I'm going to cast next.
Rise and Find has the foundations to be a fantastic organisation to help combat mental health on an Australian wide basis, particularly as fishing has a strong community. I wholeheartedly back Rise and Find, Blake and his organsiations mission. It is something that is needed and will have a great impact on many lives.
Over at SCF we care about our waterways and have created an extended family of like-minded people, not only in Australia, but also reaching out into other parts of the world. While we enjoy fishing with family and friends, it's important that we take care of our waterways in every way possible! Fishing for our future is where it's at, and we need to look after and give back to our waterways as they bring us so much enjoyment.
We believe that partnering with Rise & Find is a step towards a better future, by not only focusing on healthy waterways, but also focusing on a healthy mindset.
If we can bring our future generation together and help support them, we can work together in helping change their mentality to support our waterways, as well as support their own health. We know a lot of people that fishing alone has helped dramatically with mental state. There is something about being on the water that brings people to a place of joy, no matter whether you're on your own, or with your mates.
We have so many guys from all ages continually showing support at what we are doing over at SCF, and we would love them to all get on board with what Rise & Find are doing. A solid support network is so important, and we can all continue to be here for each other, so that no-one feels isolated, or like they have no-one to reach out or talk to