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If you love baking, showing people how to have a good time or tearing it up on the dance floor, then why not host something to support ReachOut?
We’ve had people hold morning teas, bake sales, charity balls, dance-a-thons and more! So if you’re ready to show the world who the host with the most is, start fundraising today.
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Hosting: A school dance
After Sydney’s International Grammar School (IGS) was touched by suicide, their Year 10 students were inspired to unite the school community by organising an all-years dance event that would raise awareness for mental health and raise money for ReachOut.
Every year, IGS Parents, Teachers and Friends (PTF) and selected students organise what they realised, was becoming an outdated annual event. With students’ mental health a hot topic in the school community, Year 10 students Jamie and Nina, joined forces to transform this event into an inclusive and fun dance with a strong message behind it.
As students who’d never organised a full-school dance before, there were many challenges – but none were insurmountable. ‘We faced many obstacles, like getting organised, meeting deadlines, differing views amongst the team, and managing such a large group,’ Nina told us. ‘In the early stages of organising the dance, making final decisions was definitely an area that I struggled with. However, as the dance date approached we started making our minds up a lot more!’ she added.
Thanks to the strong team of students, the whole school community became involved and committed to the event’s success. Parents and staff provided supervision, and the PTF donated the barbecue and prizes for a raffle. The night was a great success, with 122 students from across Years 7–12 coming together to dance and raise more than $2500.
For Nina, the challenge was worthwhile:
‘The highlight was the dance itself. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as we did!’
The event and the students’ efforts have had a profound and lasting effect on the school community at a time when it was really needed, leaving IGS Vice Principal Mary impressed by ‘the amazing talent, energy and enthusiasm of our students to work for the good of all concerned.’
Hosting: A footy carnival
For three years, Tamra hosted the Curtis Finn Touch Football Carnival, in honour of her brother, Curtis Finn, and raise funds and awareness for youth mental health.
Curtis died by suicide in 2009, and Tamra wanted to “celebrate my brother’s life and the game he loved.” She hopes that the carnivals have raised more awareness about mental health, which is an issue that she says, “isn’t getting enough attention.”
“It helps that we are making a legacy for my brother, bringing the community together in Curtis’ name and helping to raise awareness of this issue in our local community to make a difference.”
Tamra knows how crucial it is to get the conversation going about youth mental health, especially given that “statistics have revealed that suicide is one of the highest fatality causes in young Australians.”
“I hope that through this, other families won’t go through what we did.”
Hosting: A morning tea
Our partners at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) know the importance of mental health. Pamela Lee, the Community Investment Relationship Manager at CAANZ said, “Within the accounting profession, accountants feature quite highly as suffering from anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is a cause that is close to our heart.”
That’s why, on World Mental Health Day, they invited colleagues from all over the company to come to a morning tea to talk about mental health and learn a little bit more about how they can look after their own wellbeing. “Educating and creating awareness amongst our people on the importance of wellbeing was the most rewarding thing about the morning tea.”
They also know the importance of the work that ReachOut does.
“ReachOut Australia is a critical service to the youth of today and given that the services they provide are internet-based they are easily accessible to the tech savvy youth, making the service relevant to current society.”
Because it is an industry that is attributed with high anxiety, the morning tea provided the perfect opportunity for CAANZ and ReachOut to also host a session on how staff could improve their mental wellbeing. Judith Parke, Director of Fundraising at ReachOut who attended the morning tea, facilitated one of our ‘Wellbeing@Work’ seminars. This seminar incorporated ways that those in the room could improve their wellbeing daily, as well as tips and tricks for achieving a healthier mental mindset.
Hosting: A bake stall
Our mates over at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney hosted a ‘Depressed Bake Stall’ to raise awareness for mental health issues across Australia. “We wanted to raise awareness on the hidden disability of mental health and to encourage students and staff to talk about mental health, either their own or to check in with their friends and colleagues.”
It was awesome that they also decided to donate the funds to support the work that ReachOut does.
“When we were organising the event it became clear that if we succeeded in getting people talking about mental health, we needed to have a trusted service to refer people to for support and information. The great resource that is ReachOut was the perfect place to start. ReachOut’s work is important because it does not just focus on mental ill-health, but many of those issues for young people that either go hand in hand or can lead to mental ill-health.”
We were very lucky to have such an incredible organisation getting the conversation going about mental health, and about the challenges that young people face. “If we can break down the stigma of mental ill-health for young people then they are more likely to get the help that they need early and recover more quickly. The stigma surrounding mental health makes it one of the most hidden and unaddressed illnesses affecting young people in Australia. When mental health issues are ignored they can become a life-damaging disability for the person who is suffering.”
“When there are so many conflicting messages and life challenged facing young people, ReachOut empowers young people to deal with their mental health with evidence based resources and information. Supporting ReachOut is a good investment in all of our futures.”