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Mental Health

 

Tune In to your Mental Health


This October we’re being encouraged to think about our mental health and wellbeing, to reflect on the importance of good mental health and to tune in to the help that others may need.

'Tuning In' means being present, being aware of what’s happening within you and in the world around you.

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What can you sense right now? What can you feel?

Tune In to your communities
What’s happening that you can be part of, or that you can help others be part of?

Tune In to stigma
How do attitudes and understandings of mental health and wellbeing impact people’s ability to live the lives they want.

Taking a moment to Tune In

This can help still and focus your mind, it can help you understand what’s going on for you and others. Tuning in can help you find a new perspective, and it can help you reflect and be present.

Tuning in has been shown to help build self- awareness, help make effective choices, reduce the impact of worry, and build positive connections. Tuning in to communities and the impact of mental health stigma can help ensure that people who need support have safe places to talk about their experiences and reach out.

To help support more positive mental wellbeing in our community, Council has organised a range of online events over the coming month.

Join us this Mental Health Month with a range of events

View the full Mental Health Month program.

Small Business Breakfast: Mental Health is Everybody's Business

Wednesday 13 October, 7:30am - 9:00am, online via Zoom

Join other businesses in Lane Cove and hear how you can help yourself, your staff and your community by better understanding mental health. The free online workshop will cover:

  • Causes, signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions;
  • What help is available inside and outside of the workplace; and
  • Five core concepts of wellbeing and how these translate into daily life.

Proudly brought to you by Lane Cove Council in partnership with Black Dog Institute.

Book online.

Carers Gateway Webinar

Thursday 14 October, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, online via Zoom

An opportunity to hear about the Carer Gateway, a free Commonwealth Government initiative supporting carers who look after someone with a disability, mental health condition, medical condition which may also be terminal or someone who is frail aged.

YourSide will provide an overview of the Carer Gateway program including what services are available and how to access them. This webinar has been brought to you by the Councils of the Northern Sydney region and YourSide.

Book online.

Mood and Food Cook Along

Friday 15 October, 10:00am - 11:00am, online via Zoom

Join local Accredited Practising Dietitian Tatiana Bedikian from Body Fusion for an online Food and Mood Cook Along. We all have likely first hand experienced the pandemic's influence upon our own, friend's and family's mental health. Hence in this session Tatiana will provide the latest evidence-based research around how and why the chemistry of food directly impacts mental health and provide insight into the way practical dietary manipulation can positively influence mood. Within the comfort of your own kitchen, Tatiana will then guide you through making a Spring Mexican Taco Bowl just in time for lunch! 

Book online.

Yoga for Wellbeing

Monday 18 October, 7:15am - 8:15am, online via Zoom

Practiced for thousands of years, yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. 

Join local, certified yoga teacher Alahna Jaylah who will lead you through a one-hour yoga session inspired by Forrest Yoga, a therapeutic style of yoga that is adaptable to everybody. There are two classes for you to choose from, or tune-in to both.

The Monday morning class will help set you up for the week ahead and the Friday evening class will give you a chance to relax, let go of stress and end the week on a positive note. 

Book online.

Laughter for Mental Wealth

Tuesday 19 October, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, online via Zoom

As part of Mental Health Month, Australia's Leading Laughter Expert Merv Neal, will run an online Laughter Session. Merv will explain the power of laughter in helping to deal with depression and anxiety and also how it enables us to be positive and happy regardless of the external environment. In this interactive session, bring along an open mind and get ready to work your laughter muscles in a session that you will never forget. A Shorelink Libraries Event.

Book online.

Positive Life Talk

Wednesday 20 October, 12:00pm - 1:00pm online via Zoom

Come along and hear Natasha Lo from Positive Life NSW talk about her story of resilience and tips on staying positive when it feels like your life is upside down.  

Natasha is a transgender woman who has lived with HIV since 2008. Her career includes 14 years as a High School Teacher and an extended period working in Europe and Asia. Confident and articulate, Natasha writes on HIV and transgender issues and is visibly active in the community.

Book online.

Self-care for Teens during the Pandemic - Event Postponed

Thursday 21 October, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, online via Zoom

We are frequently reminded of all the things we need to do to stay safe during this pandemic. Looking after your mental wellbeing should be part of this, and many people have never considered their own mental wellbeing.

This one-hour webinar with Clinical Psychologist Ros Knight, will help you identify any signs and give you practical strategies to help you improve your mental wellbeing.

Book online. Event postponed.

Rock Painting Workshop

Friday 22 October, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, online via Zoom

Participants will learn various abstraction techniques to create their own galaxy rock paintings. They will be guided to explore paint pouring techniques, alcohol dips and blending to create their desired effects.

Materials you will require: Acrylic paint, cups for paint, sticks, tray for paint pouring, paintbrush, rocks (cleaned) of your choice

Optional: Isopropyl alcohol, sealer of choice (any gloss varnish, transparent glaze)

Book online.

Yoga for Wellbeing

Friday 22 October, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, online via Zoom

Practiced for thousands of years, yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. 

Join local, certified yoga teacher Alahna Jaylah who will lead you through a one-hour yoga session inspired by Forrest Yoga, a therapeutic style of yoga that is adaptable to everybody. There are two classes for you to choose from, or tune-in to both.

The Monday morning class will help set you up for the week ahead and the Friday evening class will give you a chance to relax, let go of stress and end the week on a positive note. 

Book online.

Night with the Blokes - Event Postponed

Tuesday 26 October, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, online via Zoom

Join us online for an engaging and impactful workshop to have a casual and honest convo about exploring the impact of gender stereotypes and where the current man code has taken us.

Following harmful and outdated stereotypes are causing some of our mates, teammates, workmates or loved ones to be stranded without the tools to be able to live a healthy life.

Let's get together, virtually, to have a casual and honest conversation exploring what it means to be a man today and what it will mean tomorrow. Come along, have some laughs, and get some practical tools to go beyond the banter with your mates and loved ones.

Book online. This event has been postponed.

Need a Lift

Young people aged between 12 and 24 are invited to submit an original photograph of the people, places or things around them that 'uplift' their mood, along with a brief description explaining why. Selected entries are professionally printed and displayed in public lifts within Lane Cove Council facilities during Mental Health Month in October.

For more information call 9911 3597.

Perinatal Mental Health Week: 7-13 November

Perinatal Mental Health Week is a time to raise awareness and collaborate to ensure that parents in need know that they are not alone. 1 in 5 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads experience perinatal depression and anxiety, which is around 100,000 Australian parents each year.

Parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers are invited to TUNE IN to two webinars run by Council:

Baby Yoga

Tuesday 9 November, 10:00am - 11:30am, online via Zoom

This is your opportunity to discover the beautiful and powerful modality of Baby Yoga.  It provides dual benefits for baby and you while providing the platform to build a strong and long-lasting bond with your baby in a natural way. It involves simple, effective stretches and poses, suitable for all levels of physical fitness. The co-ordination and balance required to perform baby yoga poses provides a strong foundation for development of crawling, walking and standing with additional benefits for the parent.

The benefits of Baby Yoga can be divided into four categories:

  • Tummy Time - A variety of movements that make tummy time enjoyable
  • Balance & Coordination - Rocking, Rolling and Gentle Drops and Mini-Swings
  • Relaxation - Nurturing yourself and being able to relax with your baby
  • Self-Care - Aligned and harmonious movement to support your back

Book online.

Enhancing Your Child's Social and Emotional Development 

Thursday 11 November, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, online via Zoom

Discover in this 90-minute session how to decode different toddler behaviours so that you gain a greater insight to your toddler and develop the tools to enhance their Social and Emotional Development.

WHY toddlers do what they do?

WHAT you can do and HOW to apply the tools and techniques within your home.

  • Why tantrums happen, how to manage and prevent them escalating
  • Tips to help your toddler thrive socially and emotionally
  • Implement the 4-Step System to maintain your parent sanity
  • Three strategies to avoid and what to do instead.

Grandparents are welcome to attend.

Book online.

The Aboriginal art that is featured in this year's Mental Health Month campaign has been contributed by Tylah Lomas, proud Kamilaroi woman. The goanna is the totem of her tribe.