Mental Health First Aid.

We can highly recommend the Mental Health First Aid Course. In fact, I believe it should be a course everyone undertakes. Eight of our @humansingeelong team members had the generous opportunity to complete this course recently.

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Take aways included:

– Mental Health issues are very common. 1 in 4 people will experience some symptoms of a  MH issue  in a 12 month period and more than a third are not receiving any help for this.

– it is the third highest disease burden in Australia. Cancer and Cardiovascular diseases being No 1 and 2.

-keep an eye on friends you are worried about. Has their behaviour changed?

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Friend in Me, Louise.

After watching her dad struggling with mental health, all her life, and then finally losing him to suicide due to his mental health issues, Louise wanted to make a positive change for children so they didn’t suffer as her dad did. I met with the bubbly, dedicated, Louise Larkin of ‘Friend in Me’ to hear her inspirational story.

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“I’ve always been a positive change maker and I have an immense passion to make a difference in the world.

“Three years ago, whilst driving to work, I heard a devastated mum call up the local radio station, saddened that her little boy had never been invited to a party before.  I was so moved, that was the day, Friend in Me was born. That year, in 2017, I put on a huge successful event for children who had never been invited to a party before. You should have seen the joy on their faces and their parents. We aim to create a socially inclusive world where no child is left behind.

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The Chook Lady, Elaine.

“They are my family – I have no one else. They all have their own personalities, give them the opportunity, they are very clever. They love photo shoots, learning fun things and going on any outing. Tuesday mornings, for 8am, we all go to Point Lonsdale. They receive endless comments on their best behaviour and people often ask why I do it. ‘It’s good for everyone’s Mental Health, is my reply.’” Hadeel and I had the pleasure of spending a scintillating morning with Elaine Janes, the chook lady, which included a tour of the Hilton Henhouse.

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“During isolation, two chooks have mastered skateboard riding. Jekyll loves balancing on a medicine ball while being lifted overhead as Elaine performs straight leg situps.

“Flapper is the No 1 Madonna and she owns the car front seat, sitting in her own cane basket with a knitted blanket. If it is chilly, the heated seat is a must. She is always ready to go anywhere, no fussing around getting ready as girls do. She was picked up from the street over eight years ago, lives the best life ever, and has lots more interesting things to look forward to. Her can follow her and friends @elainejanes16 on Instagram.

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International Mangroves Day.

‘Mangroves from the Water’ is a group multimedia art exhibition that would have been opening today, in Geelong, to celebrate Mangroves Day which is 26th of July, https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/mangroveday.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic the exhibition has been postponed to the 26th July, 2021.

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In celebration of the upcoming Mangroves Day exhibition, ‘Mangroves from the Water’ commissioned International Artist, Stephanie Neville, to design the poster. In collaboration, the Mangroves Fosters Community, Ocean Tree Studio (Maya Greven) in Florida designed a poster for the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.

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NVW 2020, Deb Elliott.

Whilst in isolation after returning from New Zealand, Deb Elliott, was contacted by the Rotary Club of Sunbury to see if she could make 1,000 nurse’s scrub caps for Royal Melbourne Hospital. Deb loves a challenge and in 4 weeks, she and her team have made over 12,000 caps for 25 Hospitals and clinics including Geelong Hospitals. Deb and friends started a Facebook Group ‘Helping Our Hospital Heroes Australia’.  There are 6 administrators and the group have 1,600 members made up of sewers from all over Australia. They’ve even had requests for caps from overseas.

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Deb tells us “This volunteer project is about contributing, connecting, sharing, pride and trust.  The response from hospital staff who have received caps has been one of joy and feeling supported by the community.

“My mum was a volunteer, I’ve volunteered since I was in my 20s and I have the children next door making scrub bags. It is good for them to be introduced to the joys of volunteering.”

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Transition Streets Geelong, Monica.

Meet Monica Winston, who comes up with all the brilliant ideas for Transition Streets Geelong’s workshops, speakers and too many other amazing things to list here. Transition Streets are hosting the Sustainable Living Festival at Deakin Waterfront this Sunday 11 – 4pm.

Monica Winston

What concerns you most in our ecological and climate emergency?

“That we are headed towards extinction unless there is a massive concerted effort by everyone to reverse global warming, protect the vulnerable and to rehydrate and restore ecosystems.”

What is your vision for the future?

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Humans in Geelong Writing Competition.

Let’s get the kids writing about locals who inspire them! Winners will have their stories published in @HumansinGeelong and receive a great prize. Due Sunday 8th  September, the same day as our Book Launch, with winners announced at the Humans in Geelong Expo Sunday 6th October, 10am at Deakin Waterfront Campus. The Expo is a free community event with everyone welcome and something for everyone. Competition details in poster. PLEASE SHARE!

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The Man Walk Geelong, update.

“It has been confirmed by The Man Walk headquarters that yesterday’s The Man Walk Geelong, was the single largest group of walkers, ever to take place across the country since its inception. 26 amazing humans, including a 16-year-old who caught a bus at 6am to come along. Our Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy also attended. But it’s not about the numbers for myself (Chris Lytas) or Luke Outerbridge – it’s about building community, habit and an opportunity to provide a sense of belonging and purpose to those that need it.

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“This picture sums it up best for me. The Man Walk Geelong: Walk – Talk – Support. Every Saturday morning at 7am, meet at the Eastern Beach Fountain.”

Thank you to everyone who shared our original post about The Man Walk Geelong.

Quote and photo: Chris Lytas. We are thrilled to welcome Chris as part of the @humansingeelong team. Humans in Geelong aims to Inspire – Connect – Strengthen. Chris came along to the Waurn Ponds Library on Wednesday to meet us and to find out more about our positive community project.

Come and meet Chris at the Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 on Sunday 6th October from 10-3pm at Deakin Uni Waterfront, 1 Gheringhap St. PLEASE SHARE. Chris will be delivering a talk titled: “Making people comfortable with speaking about the uncomfortable – why storytelling is key to normalising the conversation around Mental Health.” The time of this talk is yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on our website for updates to the program for the day. The Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 is a free community event with something for everyone and everyone welcome. There will be speakers, exhibitors, performances, fun for the kids and a whole lot more.

Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: supplied

Earth Day 2019.

@humansingeelong and region are taking action to protect our planet. Today is Earth Day. On Friday 3rd May there will be another #schoolstrike4climate at 9.30am outside Geelong City Hall, with a March to @Richard Marles MP’s Office. PLEASE SHARE! Everyone is welcome/needed! If you’d like to help raise awareness of this event on Saturday 27th and/or Sunday 28th April at Market Square / Westfield Shopping Centre, contact Lisa Deppeler on lisajdeppeler@gmail.com with Climate Emergency in the subject line.

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Extinction rebellion Geelong/Surfcoast displayed their #climateemergency sign (pictured here) from a local bridge over the ring road, today and at the start of Easter to raise awareness. #extinctionrebellion

Thousands of concerned people Paddled Out for the #fightforthebight on Saturday in Torquay. Photos on our facebook page by our photographer Phil Hines and the aerial shot here is by @mark.a.jager.

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Geelong School Strike March 15th.

Over 1,000 concerned eco-warriors, young and old, turned out in #Geelong this morning urging for more action on climate change. The group, led by Kardinia students Laura Kelly, Noemi Walton and Jude Corbet, were vocal and determined. They met at 9am outside Richard Marles Office. Marles addressed the groups to shouts of “Stop Adani!” and “you need to do more!”

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They marched, placards waving, to City Hall, accompanied by drumming and chanting by the Junk Yard Band from Geelong Sustainability. Here students addressed the passionate crowd. They spoke of hope and the need for continued pressure. Many went on to join the Melbourne #schoolstrike4future #gretathunberg inspired #fridaysforfuture It’s fantastic to hear that Greta has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Check out her new TED Talk. She reported an hour ago: 2,052 towns in 123 countries on all continents including Antarctica were involved in this global #climatestrike. #whateverittakes

Photo: Phil Hines Photography. More photos  and Instagram @humansingeelong