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01-08-2018

Maintaining your mental health is as important as maintaining your physical health , our minds need training too. It is not always as obvious how to train your mind, compared to training our bodies.

Headspace has launched a new campaign - headcoach. The advice is specific for young men, helping them to understand that mental health is just as important to understand as physical health.They have worked with some of Australia's best athletes to find out what strategies they use to help manage difficult thoughts and feelings.  What is helpful varies from person to person and can include meditation, taking a digital detox, listening to music, spending time outdoors and writing things down. There is also a newly launched podcast from ABC broadcasting called Mindfully, with Sydney Swans legend, Brett Kirk exploring how to use mindfulness in different areas to become calmer and happier.

Alcohol and other drugs may feel like they help in difficult times, but can interfere with your mental health and make you feel worse in the long run.

There is also a strong link between what we eat and how we feel, a poor diet can increase symptoms of anxiety and depression compared with a healthy diet of wholegrains, fruit, vegetables and nuts.

Sleep improves mood, concentration and increases resilience. Reducing the things that interfere with sleep, such as noise, light and social media help improve sleep quality

Each of the various strategies have further tips and suggestions for how to achieve the goals:  taking time to do the things you enjoy, strategies to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, reducing alcohol, improving diet, improving sleep quality, staying connected to friends and family and staying active.

Another campaign has also been launched, #YouCanTalk . A powerful alliance of mental health organisations with a critical message, to provide a suicide prevention campaign aimed at giving people the confidence to respond to friends and family when they need help and guide them to the right support services. The campaign is a powerful union of beyondblue, Black Dog institute, Everymind, headspace, reachOut and R U OK?  #YouCanTalk highlights the resources available to support and access current information, programs, services and research within suicide prevention in Australia.

headspace.org.au

lifeinmindaustralia.com.au is the digital gateway that provides organisations and communities with the services and programs

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