• Michael McCulloch

RU OK? Day 2021

RU OK? is a day dedicated to empowering everyone to ask 3 simple words, "Are you ok? Now more than ever it is important that we reach out to family, friends, work colleagues and start a conversation about mental health. The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing conducted back in 2007 found that 1 in 5 Australians (20%) between the ages of 16-85 will have experienced a mental illness in the last 12 months. Caring for our mental health is so important and following a few easy steps can help.


Talk

Struggling with your mental health is not something you have to do alone. Speak with a trusted family member, friend, work colleague or your GP and let them know that you're having a hard time.


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1 in 5 Australians will have experienced mental illness

Eat Well

Numerous studies have shown a direct link between mental health and diet. Eat a varied and balanced diet.


Exercise

Exercise releases good chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that are shown to improve mood, reduce anxiety and stress. Exercise also gets the heart pumping which pumps more blood to the brain, helping you to think more clearly. Sleep Research by the Sleep Health Foundation shows that poor sleep and depression are linked. Establish a good sleep routine by turning off technology, limiting caffeine and going to bed at the same time each night.


If you find that you are struggling with your mental health, there are a number of organisations which can provide free mental health services. They include:


Beyond Blue Lifeline

Suicide Call Back Service Kids Helpline


Head on over to the RU OK website for more information and resources. #ruokday #ruok #itsoktonotbeok

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