Our first Wellness Week of 2020 has begun, and we are beginning the week focusing on one of the most growing concerns in health and wellness; mental health.
Whilst we all ride through waves of highs and lows, many of us are struggling daily with our mental health in terms of constant states of anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Increasing the awareness of mental health issues and promoting the number of national organisations working towards breaking the stigma has assisted, although some people still suffer in silence.
To those who suffer, you are not alone, and we want to help you in any way we can. With the aim to educate our students on mental health today, we’ve compiled some general tips in dealing with stress, anxiety and depression where you live, learn, work and play.
You’ve heard it before, ‘8 hours of sleep a night is a MUST’, but as a student it can be nearly impossible to fulfill this checklist item. A lack of sleep has been linked to increasing feelings of sadness and depression. To promote better sleep, start with the basics. Leave the bed for sleeping, not screens . Your brain will accurately associate sleep with lying on your bed. Turn off your electronic devices at least half an hour before you go to sleep. Steer clear of caffeine after midday and opt for a juice. Establish sleep routines, try waking up and going to bed at the same time every day.
Are you looking for Support?
If you or someone close to you is struggling with their mental health, JMC Academy encourages you to speak up and seek help from the following resources:
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Headspace: 1800 650 890
Support Act: 1800 959 500