OzHelp training equips R U OK? ambassadors to spread message of suicide prevention

Helping to increase support for Australians struggling with mental health issues, one of the country’s leading men’s health organisations, OzHelp is equipping R U OK? Community Ambassadors to spread the message of suicide prevention.

Tony Holland, OzHelp CEO, said that the foundation is proud to support the important work of R U OK? in raising awareness of the importance of regular, meaningful conversations.

“With mental health and suicide at alarming rates across the country, it is important that Australians are checking on ...

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OzHelp Foundation Joining Fight for Men’s Health

 

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Tuesday 3 May 2016

 

OzHelp Foundation Joining Fight for Men’s Health

OzHelp Foundation welcomes the opportunity to be involved with Fight Night II in Canberra on May 7, 2016 organised by Gym Victus. OzHelp will be the beneficiary of the proceeds from the night for the first time this year.

Fight Night is the culmination of three months training for a group of amateur boxers. The lead up to the event and the fight night itself encourage endurance, determination and resilience ...

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Health Minister officially launches mental health program for regional and remote Australia

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Friday 22 April 2016

Health Minister officially launches mental health program for regional and remote Australia

Member for Farrer and Minister for Health Hon Sussan Ley MP today launched a mental health awareness program in Albury, run by mental health organisation, OzHelp Foundation.

The ALERT program is a 45-minute suicide prevention workshop providing people with strategies to understand and build personal resilience in dealing with depression and anxiety.

Minister Ley officially launched the program at the Albury Community Health Centre this morning.

“An individual’s mental ...

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OzHelp Foundation urges more attention on suicide prevention measures

As one of Australia’s leading men’s health organisations OzHelp Foundation says the latest alarming figures on suicide by the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights the need for more work to be done in the prevention of suicide.

Today’s figures show a huge increase from previous figures, which OzHelp Foundation CEO Tony Holland says are extremely concerning.

“We must take a proactive approach to suicide prevention.The overwhelming majority of people who die by suicide in Australia are still men accounting for 75% of ...

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Convincing men at work to talk about suicide

ABC Radio’s PM Program’s story about OzHelp and our work.

A suicide prevention organisation established more than a decade ago in Canberra after the deaths of three young building industry apprentices is now helping working men right across the country. The non profit OzHelp Foundation provides workplace health checks and training in traditionally male industries such as building and mining. Click here to listen.

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Thriving Physically and Mentally

We know we should take care of ourselves and keep our health in check. Health often seems to mean simply not being sick, but is that really so?

Interestingly, according to the World Health Organisation, health is, “A state of optimal wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”

So our optimal or ‘best’ health requires a balance of the many facets that comprise the whole person.  These include physical, mental, emotional, environmental, spiritual, and social components, which are different for ...

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Safer gambling

People can develop a problem with gambling for a whole host of reasons. Most people have spent money on gambling at some point in their life e.g. buying a raffle ticket. For many people it is an activity that they do simply to entertain themselves. For others it can become a problem and have a negative impact on their quality of life.

  • Gambling can be fun but it is not a way to make money or recoup losses.
  • Set your own limits. ...
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Healthy lifestyle

Healthy living means feeling healthy both physically and mentally. Our wellbeing is in our hands, and it is up to us to take responsibility for this, and make a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

Healthy eating

  • Add some protein to your breakfast with eggs, low fat cheese or ham to keep you going to lunch time.
  • If you have space in your freezer, make a double quantity when cooking a healthy dinner and freeze the extra portions for nights when you are pushed ...
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Relationships

Maintaining good relationships

Healthy relationships are the cornerstone of a happy, supported and balanced life. We all need a buffer from time to time, and keeping our relationships with others healthy is important.

Conflict resolution

  • Try to cool  off first if you feel too angry to talk calmly
  • Stick to the topic at hand and remember that the goal is to solve the conflict, not win the argument. Don’t bring up other unrelated issues.
  • Communicate your side of the story clearly and honestly, and be ...
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Maintaining good mental health

Keeping healthy

Life will often deliver the value and balance we desire when we are achieving and enjoying something every day in all the important areas of our lives.

  • Put time into building and maintaining relationships with friends and family and spend time with people who share your interests. Sporting groups and special interest clubs are great ways to meet new people.
  • Make time for activities you enjoy; playing with your pets, reading, cooking or anything else that makes you happy.
  • Look after your ...
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