Actrol team gets creative to support mental health
“Everyone knows someone, or can relate to someone, who has experienced a mental health issue.”
David Roff is quick to summarise why he and his Actrol colleagues dedicated their fund-raising efforts in support of mental health and well-being and suicide prevention.
A mini-golf competition, raffling-off a set of tools, and guessing how many lollies were in a jar, are just some of the activities the Dunedin commercial refrigeration business used to raise $1000 during November.
And their efforts don’t end there – they support and actively promote the efforts of Mates In Construction – an organisation which helps support mental health amongst construction industry workers, encouraging tradespeople to talk about mental health and seek help for mental health concerns.
The money is being used to help support WellSouth Suicide Prevention-Postvention Co-ordinators to participate in a new three-day Suicide Studies Course. The course is the foundation to suicide prevention and postvention work covering Suicide and Suicide prevention in specific populations, public health issues and suicide, suicide bereavement and best practice suicide risk assessment and mitigation.
And while the donation will have real impact, WellSouth Clinical Services Manager Stacy Harborow, says it is equally valuable to have teams like Actrol raising awareness that it is okay to talk about mental health and suicide.
“The more we make it acceptable to talk about suicide and encourage people to ask for help, the better off and safer our whānau and communities will be,” Stacy explains. “We all have a role to play and I want to thank Dave, Tosh and Kendra for being great examples for us all.”
- Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
- Mates in Construction - https://mates.net.nz/contact/
- The Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions).
- Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email email@example.com online chat.
- The Lowdown Text 5626 for support to help young people recognise and understand depression or anxiety.
- Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797)
- WellSouth https://wellsouth.nz/assets/PDF/He-pai-ki-te-korero.pdf