When Matt Runnalls first started out advocating for Mental Health & Suicide the first bit of advice he received was "Never get on a personal level with people that come to you, because you'll end up with collateral". Matt described this as a grit the teeth moment and was determined to do the exact opposite. The ability to connect with someone who needs you is the most important part to their wellness, only from connection can we really make the most beneficial impact possible.
Mindfull Aus has never wavered from this and continuously works throughout the community to offer people support when struggling and comfort when grieved by loss.
When a connection exists, it creates an energy where they feel they are being seen, heard and valued. When they can speak up without judgement they find the strength it takes to keep moving forward. Love, belonging and connection are the elements to true well-being.
Sporting clubs are instrumental in tapping into the thoughts and feelings of those in that environment, often many of the people at our events or in the audience acknowledge they are struggling or know someone is and want to help they just need someone to encourage the conversation.
Sporting clubs carry a huge stigma, especially male dominated sports, but by having Mental Health designated rounds we've seen an increase in people reaching out for help. These sporting events are team orientated and by having the conversation in that environment, we enable people to understand that our emotions and mental wellbeing are no different and that everything in life is much easier done, when we share it with someone else.