For Your Mind
Family, Friends and Volunteering
Having good friends, family and positive role models in your life will give you the best chance to be happy, to share events and milestones along with helping deal with life’s challenges.
Community involvement can help you link with other people who may be in the same or similar situation as you, enjoy similar interests and provide services that can help you navigate your way forward. You could become a volunteer at a variety of organisations that may cater to your needs and wants. Getting involved can create a happier, healthier future.
For Your Mind
Keeping a healthy mindset will help our whole wellbeing from the way we feel (our thoughts and feelings) to how we physically feel (the way our body reacts). It is important to recognise what triggers these feelings (like having a heavy heart), thoughts and physical reactions. You can download our Mind Health Toolkit.
Triggers might include:
- Relationship issues (relationship breakdown, having a heavy heart, disagreements and stressful events)
- Financial issues (worrying about money, not being able to pay bills or find employment)
- Employment issues (a job that makes you unhappy, or not being employed)
- Caring for everyone else but leaving you without time to care for yourself
- Events (Christmas, family grief, emergency situations)
- Time (not having enough time to do all the things we want, feeling rushed all the time)
- Being disorganised (living in clutter and not organising our daily activities)
- Feelings (the way we feel about a situation may be different to how the situation actually is)
Physical activity can help to keep a healthy mind. Some of you may like to join a sports club, a yoga or meditation group, play chess or join a book club at your local community centre. These centres offer free classes that will contribute to your physical health, there are many different types of activities that you can participate in. Contact Community Centres SA
Dealing with the way we feel (physically)
Sometimes we may feel our body reacting to physical stress. This might be that we feel our muscles tensing up, or we get a headache or feel unwell. If you feel that you are experiencing these physical signs of stress you can do things to help you cope. You can:
- Go for a walk or some other safe physical activity
- Sit down for a minute, take some deep breaths and repeat some positive statements to yourself that will help you feel calm and in control
- Find a family member, friend or other supporter and have an outing or sit and talk over a cuppa, talking over a cuppa can help us look at the situation differently and provide relief
- Being part of a regular group activity (i.e. yarning circle, support group, sporting club)
- Have a place that you can go to that is comfortable and safe and go there to have some timeout, letting someone know where we are going will help us feel safe even if we want to be alone
- If you have feelings that are making you feel unsafe, it is important to remember you are not alone and there is help available.
For more information and resources, visit our Resources Page.
Community Involvement – Becoming a volunteer
Becoming a volunteer can be very rewarding. You gain some new work skills; meet new people and becoming more involved with your local community. You may even obtain employment through showing that you are a reliable hard working volunteer, and by highlighting your skills.
Volunteering can help us become part of something, have a purpose and feel motivated in our daily lives.
Go to the Volunteering SA website for more information.
MarionLIFE Community Garden. It is a welcoming, safe and colourful space where people can come to build friendships, learn, share, relax and inspire others. The garden is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am-12noon. We also help you learn how to set up a sustainable and enjoyable vegetable garden in your own backyard. Ask us how. 887 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park, enter via Alawoona Avenue and follow green signs to the garden.
- Community Centres SA – To build the strength, capacity and influence of the community and neighbourhood centres sector through advocacy, workforce and organisational development.
- Community Gardens – There are over 50 community gardens in South Australia. This website will help you find a garden that you may become involved with.
- Mental Health Triage Service – The SA Health Mental Health Triage Service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This Service is the main point of access to mental health services, can provide advice and information on mental health emergency or crisis situation, and is staffed by mental health clinicians. If you feel that you may be in need of mental health support and have never accessed a mental health service before, please contact your GP or phone our mental health triage services on 13 14 65.
- YMCA of South Australia’s recreation database Info-Link – This database contains a huge range of recreational and social opportunities to explore and choose from, including sports, arts, games and personal development activities. We hope this information will inspire people of all backgrounds and abilities to get involved in their community by participating in recreational activities.