Winner - Mental Health Commission Good Outcomes Awards

The Mental Health Commission, mental health good outcomes awards are to recognize outstanding achievements, innovation and excellence in the field of mental health in Western Australia. The awards are a highlight of mental health Week which was from October 6th to 13th.

Mental health week is about raising:

  1. The many issues surrounding our mental health and wellbeing,
  2. Promoting good mental health and well-being and
  3. Reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Regional Men's Health Initiative was selected as a finalist in two categories:

  • Edith Cowan University Award for prevention, promotion and/or early intervention service or program and
  • University of Western Australia Award for excellence in rural and remote mental health

The Regional Men's Health Initiative delivered by WMH (Inc) was a WINNER in the category Edith Cowan University award for prevention, promotion and/or early intervention service or program.

Congratulations to other regional winners, Rural Community Support Services in Narrogin and the Alive & Kicking Goals program in Broome being supported by Broome Saints Football Club and Broome Men's Outreach Service.

ENJOYING THE MOMENT

When the crops, countryside and your garden are looking good or we have just had some good news such as winning the award above we need to be able to spend time enjoying the moment. It is essential to smell the roses and enjoy the part of the world you are in at the present, today is a precious gift.

Everyone's life is going flat out and we appear short on time. What we are actually short on is setting time aside for enjoying the moment. It is important for our mental health and well-being to do this.

When we spend time enjoying the moment and being in the present it helps us to maintain the chemical balance in our bodies, in particular with the release of a chemical called Serotonin. Serotonin which is our feel good chemical, serves to make us comfortable, relaxed and happy. Serotonin is often referred to as the chemical of happiness. When we feel calm, relaxed and satisfied, there is a release of serotonin in our system. We need abundant supplies of this chemical for long-term enduring motivation.

We all need "Enjoying the Moment" moments for serotonin to be released.Spend time "enjoying the moment", release some Serotonin, and get the balance right.

Cheers
Owen and the team at RMHI