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Creating A Mentally Healthy Generation

3 Million Australians live with anxiety or depression and many more are suffering and feeling alone. By opening the conversation we can help remove stigma associated with mental health and mental illness, we can also educate Australians on how to help friends, family & colleagues.

We can start doing that by sharing stories & experiences, educating Australians on strategies we can implement to manage and improve our mental health. We are an Australian charity organisation designed to help improve the understanding, education and awareness of mental health.

The Problem

Mental Illness

Mental illness is very common. One in five (20%) Australians aged 16 to 85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. Almost half (45%) of all Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

45%

of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime

Suicide in Australia

Every day, at least six Australians die from suicide and a further thirty people will attempt to take their own life. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people Australians aged 25-44 and second leading cause of
death for young people aged 15-24

6

Australians die from suicide every day

Youth Mental Health

Almost one in seven (13.9%) 4-17 year-olds were assessed as having mental disorders. Knowing that during these ages we develop long term values and behavioural patterns, we understand it is important to focus on education and awareness programs at this age.

1 in 7

4-17 year olds experience mental disorders

Program Outline

The “I Am Worthmore” Program has been designed as a mental health education and awareness program aimed at changing behavioural patterns in middle and secondary school children by educating them about the negative impacts of stigma and providing them with strategies to keep themselves and their friends and family mentally healthy.

Introduction & Understanding

Students first hear from Luke McLean, the founder of I Am Worthmore who suffered with depression, anxiety and addiction for years whilst trying to solve all his own problems which made him feel alone and worthless.

By commencing the program with Luke’s story attendees are given a lived experience perspective which shows what can happen when our mental health is left unattended.

Activity & Participation

The attendees will also participate in an interactive session which will allow them to discover key values as well as easy ways to implement positive mental health strategies into their own and the lives around them. This program encourages students to become more grateful, mindful, compassionate & kind.

Of participants now better understand the causes of depression & Anxiety

Of participants implemented strategies immediately into their daily routine focusing on their mental health

Of participants know someone with a mental illness

Overview
Years 7-12

TopicsMental Health, Wellbeing and Gratitude
1. Gratitude & mindfulness (21-day Journal)
2. Stigma Reeducation
3. Purpose
4. Self-worth & values
AimsAssist students to understand their own mental health and to recognise their wellbeing.
DomainAustralian curriculum
• Mental health and wellbeing, and mental health promotion
• Destigmatising mental illness in the community
• The impact of physical, social, spiritual and emotional health on well-being
• Resilience, and skills that support resilient behaviour
• Coping skills, help-seeking strategies and community support resources
Duration90 minute presentation & 4-week teacher directed lesson plan
LocationAt schools in a classroom, gym or auditorium. Depending on the number of students in attendance. We have a committment to visit regional areas covering SA over the next 3 year period.

Of participants recommended our program to others

Of participants now find it easier to talk about their mental health

Why Open The Conversation?

1 in 5 Australians are living with anxiety or depression & as many has 50% of Australians will experience a major mental health problem in their lifetime, yet stigma stands in the way of many of those in seeking the help they require. Opening the conversation is the way to to break the stigma

Around one in 35 young Australians aged 4-17 experience a depressive disorder. 

Improve The Wellbeing of Students

Mental health problems are the 3rd biggest source of disease burden in Australia, after cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Isn’t it time we took this seriously and help our next generation become mentally healthy?

1 in 7 Young Australians Experience A Mental Health Condition

13.9% of children and adolescents aged 4-17 years experienced a mental disorder, which is equivalent to an estimated 560,000 Australian children and adolescents.

Let’s show them that they’re not alone & that they can learn to manage their condition and improve their mental health.

Remove Stigma Around Professional Help

Evidence suggests three in four adult mental health conditions emerge by age 24 and half by age 14.

We act as a facilitator between not wanting to talk to anyone about mental health, to understanding it’s okay, as explained by our lived-experience facilitator.

Program Results

Of participants now better understand the causes of depression & Anxiety

Of participants implemented strategies immediately into their daily routine focusing on their mental health

Of participants know someone with a mental illness

Of participants recommended our program to others

Of participants now find it easier to talk about their mental health

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World's Largest Mental Health Lesson
(Guiness World Record Attempt)
  • 10 September 2019
  • Priceline Staduium, Netball SA
  • 9:30am-12:00pm

Join us on World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday September 10th) from 930am at Priceline Stadium for an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Mental Health Lesson”