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It is an unfortunate reality that each year, 1 in 5 Aussies will battle a mental illness of some kind.
In 2014 alone, a whopping 2864 Australians took their own lives. When you break it down – that’s nearly eight people per day.
Lucky for us, we are finally beginning to grasp a better understanding and acceptance of mental illness.
Over the last couple of weeks the social media world has been a-buzz with people snapping the A-OK sign in support of #ItsOkayToTalk – a campaign aimed at raising awareness for suicide prevention, as well as dropping for the #22PushUpChallenge – named after the sobering fact that 22 Veterans commit suicide every day.
So with R U OK Day just around the corner, we’re constantly encouraged to speak to one another openly about mental illness.
R U OK?'s mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them.
It’s more important than ever that we can ask the question ‘are you ok?’, and that people feel comfortable enough to speak up when they’re struggling.
We already know that a little exercise can go a long way in improving someone’s mental state. Several researchers have found exercise to be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety. If it’s a happy drug you’re after - a 45 minute HIIT class will get your body pumping out endorphins – the body’s natural feel-good drug.
Peeps who are physically active tend to be not only happier, but also score higher on self-esteem and quality of life. It’s argued that physical exercise can contribute to your personal growth, and social integration. The perfect opportunity to feel good, and connect with people! How pleasant! So we’ll be backing this great cause in all of our clubs on September 8 with all-sorts of games, team challenges, giveaways, and prizes!
Staying connected and having face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life is something that we can all do. So on September 8, commit to starting a conversation with someone new, or reconnecting with someone you’ve lost touch with.
Not much of a talker? That’s ok. Start by getting your bod moving for your mental health. You can even grab a pass to come and do it in our super friendly environment for free.