Networks of Support


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In April 2013 I flew myself to Brisbane to take part in the Black Dog Institute’s Community Volunteer Training. And over the following year I had the opportunity to present several “Breaking Down Depression and Building Resilience” presentations. For a year I was the first and only Victorian presenter.

In June 2014 the Black Dog Institute ran a combined training session for Youth Presenters and Community Presenters in Melbourne. There are now THIRTY ONE trained volunteers in Victoria. I was so excited to go to the training, meet them and present the presentation that they would now be presenting across the state. I finally feel like I have a Melbourne based network of support in this domain who are as committed to and as passionate about helping others to get better educated about speaking openly and comfortably about mind health matters. It is such an amazing feeling!

And as it happens Monday June 30 sees the 34th Episode of Radio Show ‘But I Feel Good’ (that I present every week between 12-1pm on www.3WBC.org.au) The episode is on the importance of Networks of Support. We‘ll be talking about the definition and benefits of Networks of Support as well as how you can build and sustain your own Network of Support. Irrespective of whether you experience a mood disorder or whether some disorderly moods hit you from time to time having a pre-established Network of Support is a key resilience strategy to help keep you as robust as possible and be able to bounce forward as soon as possible from whatever life’s setbacks you experience.

A year or so ago I went through all the people in my life and asked myself: does this person inspire me, genuinely love me and support me unconditionally? I wanted nothing but positive influences in my life.”
– Mena Suvari

How strong is your Network of Support? Is it and are you well placed to deal with a major emotional upheaval or physical illness? If not, you can hear the Listen on Demand episode of the ‘But I Feel Good’ show here.

Play Create Elevate also offer your organisation the opportunity to hear first hand, from a lived experience perspective about the signs and symptoms of mood disorders, how to give and get help and how to build and sustain resilience. PwC have recently released a report that says for every dollar spent in creating mentally healthy workplaces that an ROI of at least $2.13 is possible… what are you waiting for? It’s time to speak openly and comfortably about mind health matters!

Because your Mind Health Matters…

Jacqui Chaplin | jacqui@jacquichaplin.com | +61 (0) 412 741 531


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