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