Fighting Women’s Mental Health This Liptember
September? No, Liptember! For all of September, Australia is supporting women’s mental health. You may have noticed the great campaign that the women’s AFL have shared across social media and on TV this month, if not, watch it here. So as September comes to a close, we thought it would be a great idea to ask our SACARE blogger and Briarholm resident Alice, what makes her happy.
For those of you who don’t know Alice, you can get to know her here, just because she’s in a wheelchair, doesn’t mean that she’s not like any other young woman. We all can learn a lot from her positive approach to life. Her charisma and bubbly energy is infectious, which is no wonder, because she is always so grateful and always doing more of what makes her happy. Alice wanted to share her favourite things that make her happy…
10 Things That Make Me Happy:
- I have wonderful friends who visit me regularly.
- I love my parents and grateful for their support.
- My siblings, cousins, housekeeper and pets always make me feel good.
- I like going for a walk with my Nanny every Saturday morning, routine is important.
- I love seeing romantic, action and kid movies. (We all should embrace our inner-child!)
- I know it’s a little bit naughty, but I love sweet foods, especially chocolate, custard and ice-cream.
- It’s important for me to get out and experience fantastic events like concerts, and musicals, the music and atmosphere make me feel great!
- I like doing puzzles, because it helps calm my mind.
- I like reading gossip magazines, and getting caught up in other people’s lives.
- I like having “me time”, and having a bit of peace and quiet.
My advice to anyone who is feeling a bit down, to talk to your friends and family, they are always there for you.
1 in 3 Australian women will suffer from depression or anxiety in their life time. If you believe you are suffering from it, take Alice’s advice and reach out to your family and friends for support. Sometimes you may feel that you do not want to burden your friends and family with your issues, but always remember that no problem is small enough. You’re not alone, and there are more people out there than you realise who will listen and care. Fore more details about Liptember, visit their website: https://www.liptember.com.au/
(Picture description: Alice with her friend Lily outside Briarholm House in Kingswood)
At SACARE, compassion and understanding isn’t just what we do, it is who we are.