Mind Up, in partnership with the Y, developed a series of mental health-focused videos promoting proactive mental health and overall well-being in young Australians.

“By taking a proactive approach to mental health, it’s possible to support young Australians on their journey towards a fulfilling and healthy life.”

Mind Up the Y

MODULE 1: PROACTIVE MENTAL HEALTH

The first module introduces the Proactive Mental Health series and highlights the game-changing benefits of preventative mental health practices.

My Story

This module begins the Proactive Mental Health series, introducing Provisional Psychologist, Rohan Fisher, and his personal stories of mental health challenges.

PROACTIVE VS REACTIVE APPROACH TO MINDSET

Using his own experience as a basis, Rohan discusses the difference between a proactive vs reactive approach towards mental health and how certain approaches can improve and maintain well-being.

THE MYTH

The expression, if it aint broke, don’t fix it, doesn’t hold up very well in managing our mental health. Rohan explains why a proactive approach is important to maintaining our well-being.

MODULE 2: STRATEGIES FOR BETTER SLEEP

Sleep can have a huge impact on our overall well-being. If you’re in need of practical tips to achieve better quality sleep, this module will give you all you need to know to get more rest.

SOUND ASLEEP

This module delves into the importance of sleep in maintaining good mental health and overall well-being. Rohan talks you through ways to improve the quality of your sleep utilising simple sleep hygiene practices.

MODULE 3: THE IMPORTANCE OF DIET AND EXERCISE

You know that a healthy diet and moderate exercise can have a positive impact on your mental health state, but where do you start? Provisional Psychologist, Rohan Fisher, shares easy tips and strategies to help.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

In this module, Rohan explores the role that diet and exercise have on our mental health, and offers practical tips and strategies to consider implementing in daily life.

Module 4: Low Mood and Depression

This is a great module to explore if you’re feeling stuck in a cycle of low mood and/or depression. Psychologist, Elise Yaxley, introduces simple and effective ways to boost mood.

GETTING THE BLUES

In this module, Elise discusses the symptoms we may experience with depression and low mood.

BREAKING THE CYCLE

Elise unpacks the cycle of depression and, through the power of a behavioural activation exercise, offers practical strategies to break the cycle and in turn improve mood.

WINDING DOWN

Learn how to combat racing thoughts that prevent us from going to sleep.

Module 5: Breathing

In this module, Psychologist, Elise Yaxley, will guide you through a few different breathing exercises. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or low in mood, engaging in these can alter your state to help you feel calm and centred.

BODY AND MIND

In this module, Elise explores the impact that breathing has on our body and mind and how this can be helpful in dealing with stress, anxiety, panic and low mood.

JUST BREATHE

Elise shares powerful breathing techniques to bring on feelings of calm and tranquillity.

Module 6: Navigating Unhelpful Thoughts

Learn ways to cope with thoughts that feel uncomfortable or unhelpful through short and easy activities that bring awareness and create space between thoughts and emotions.

THOUGHTS ARE NOT FACTS

This module delves into the topic of unhelpful thoughts and how they impact our feelings and responses.

CREATING SPACE

Elise shares ways in which we can bring awareness to unhelpful thoughts and begin to create space between emotions and thoughts.

THINKING OUT LOUD

Here’s an activity you can do to decrease the emotional attachment to a negative thought using your voice.

CALL IT OUT

Check out this Unhelpful Thinking Styles guide to familiarise yourself with thinking styles that can affect your mental well-being.

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being and plays a significant role in shaping an individual’s future. With an increase in mental health concerns among youth, it has become imperative to promote proactive mental health practices.

Proactive mental health is about taking steps to promote positive mental health and prevent mental health problems before they arise. By encouraging open communication, providing opportunities for physical activity, promoting a healthy lifestyle, building resilience, promoting social connections, promoting a positive self-image, and providing early intervention, it’s possible to support young people’s overall well-being. By promoting proactive mental health, we can help young people develop the skills and resilience they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

Why is proactive mental health important?

  • Prevents mental health problems – By taking steps to promote positive mental health, it’s possible to prevent mental health problems from arising in the first place.
  • Supports overall well-being – Proactive mental health practices can help support young people’s overall well-being, including physical health, emotional health, and cognitive functioning.
  • Builds resilience – Proactive mental health practices can help young people develop the skills and resilience they need to handle stress and difficult situations in a healthy way, reducing the risk of mental health problems.
  • Improves quality of life – A focus on proactive mental health can help improve young people’s quality of life by promoting positive mental health, reducing stress, and improving coping skills.
  • Supports positive development – By promoting proactive mental health, it’s possible to support young people’s positive development, including physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development.