About Mind Blank

Innovation of mental health & wellness education

Designed to educate youth with mental health & wellness topics

About Mind Blank


Mind Blank is a not-for-profit organisation that generates awareness and innovative education of mental health topics in youth across Australia. We are creatively committed to mental health education with mindfulness and integrity.

Why Mental Health?

Mental illness is thought to be an underlying factor in about 90% of all youth suicides, which is the leading cause of youth death in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated between 2004-2006 there was an average of 266 deaths per year attributed to suicide among people aged 15-24 years, accounting for 20% of deaths in this age group. One of the defining factors for better mental health outcomes for youth is to encourage them to seek help early. The stigma of mental illness held by young people and a lack of awareness can both be barriers to early intervention. Our communities need to look at taking a different approach when educating and engaging young people around topics of youth mental health. We need to take responsibility and educate ourselves and our young people to be more aware of mental health issues, seek help early and continue to reduce the numbers of young people that die by suicide! Mind Blank helps produce a more creative outlet as a solution to this problem.

 

 

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Our Vision


Mind Blank is recognised Australia wide for mental health awareness & education through delivering innovative programs in schools, communities, and workplaces. We advocate a holistic and balanced approach through strategic partnerships and collaborations.

 

We Aim To:

  Roll Mind Blank programs out Australia wide. We will start by focusing on self-sustaining the model in the NSW state commencing with the areas highlighted in our upcoming events.

 

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  • Blog Spot: Personal Story Eating Disorders

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    Blog Spot: Personal Story Eating Disorders

    06 Mar 2017 Blog Spot: Personal Story Eating Disorders

    At Mind Blank we know that recognising an eating disorder can be tricky, as each individual approaches food differently. Eating disorders can take many forms and are characterized by disturbed eating or eating-related behaviours that lead to changes in the person's food consumption to a degree that is harmful to their health and well-being.

    It’s estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and the numbers of young people with an eating disorder have doubled within the last ten years.

    Eating disorders are more common than most people think. About one in 20 Australians has an eating disorder and the rate in the Australian population is increasing.

    A Personal Story

    “There is no magic cure for anorexia. There is no guarantee that it will ever be completely gone. But for now, belonging with myself, is getting easier each day that passes. Acceptance, support, understanding and love have helped me rediscover who I am again. Fighting my instincts and recovering is a battle in itself: but everywhere is better than living in a world that is ultimately is trying to convince you to slowly kill yourself.

    "Recovery is a difficult process: it’s hard to keep yourself from saying, "If you have never been in the depths of hell, do not even think you can understand what it means which I say 'I want to eat but I can’t.' " But now, tiny everyday miracles occur in my life. There are small steps forward, an unexpected smile of acceptance, and a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore."

    Katy 16, NSW

     

    If You Need Immediate Help

  • Blog Spot: Personal Story Bipolar

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    Blog Spot: Personal Story Bipolar

    06 Feb 2017 Blog Spot: Personal Story Bipolar

    Bipolar disorder can take many different forms, where people experience serious extremes of mood. There may be extreme highs (known as mania or hypomania) and lows (known as depression). These mood changes last for different lengths for each person, and are extremely disruptive, impacting on a person’s ability to function day to day. All forms of bipolar disorder are treatable. (https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/types-of-depression

    Types of bipolar disorder

    • Bipolar I: usually experience extreme highs (mania) that last for longer than depressive episodes, and may experience psychotic episodes
    • Bipolar II: usually experience less extreme highs (hypomania) that only last a few days or hours, along with depressive episodes. Between extreme moods, they might have times with relatively normal moods
    • Cyclothymic disorder: milder form of bipolar disorder where moods are not as extreme
    • Bipolar disorder otherwise not specified: for people who do not fit in the above categories

    A Personal Story

    "I have Bipolar One, which is categorised as having psychosis. My psychosis began when I was fourteen years old. It was like I erupted. I become loud, attention seeking, full of energy and started fighting aggressively with my family about everything. I began to believe in delusions centred around dark thoughts and even to the extent to where I believed that my father was hitting me. I also began to believe that I was the devil. Because of these serious delusions and not having any treatment, or even any understanding of what was happening to me, I become more and more unwell. I was constantly fighting with my parents because I believed that my dad was hurting me. 

    "I ended up finally being admitted to a psychiatric facility after I attempted to kill myself when I was 21. I had now been living with psychosis for seven years and it took for me to try to end my life for someone to help me. [I have been] placed on a medication … but also there is still a long way to go. I have hope. I am writing to you today in a hope that my story could inspire you to help yourself too. My life is so much easier now that I am not fighting this battle on my own."

    Marie 23, NSW

     

    If You Need Immediate Help

  • Blog Spot: LGBTI Personal Story

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    Blog Spot: LGBTI Personal Story

    09 Jan 2017 Blog Spot: LGBTI Personal Story

    LGBTI stands for people who identify as lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transsexual or intersexual. Around 10% of young Australians experience same-sex attraction, mostly realising this around puberty. They may be more likely to experience bullying at school and/or greater difficulty connecting with others. Compared with heterosexual people, homosexual and bisexual people are twice as likely to experience anxiety (31.5% compared with 14.1%) and three times as likely to experience depression and related disorders (19% compared with 6%)

    Young LGBTI people with a history of verbal, sexual and/physical victimisation and abuse are more at risk to experience social and mental health problems than heterosexual young people, including sexual risk-taking, alcohol and drug abuse, dropping out of school, homelessness, self-harm and attempted suicide. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/resources/for-me/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-and-intersex-lgbti-people/factors-affecting-lgbti-people)

    A Personal Story

    When Jason was about 13 years old, he discovered he was gay. “I remember making a promise to myself that I wouldn’t act on these feelings”. He was devastated and was afraid that his friends and family would reject him, and thought if they found out, he would end his life. He didn’t see a future.

    He ended up reaching out to a close family friend – he finally had someone to talk to about his feelings. He found peace in nature, and wrote down his feelings to get them out of his head. “I highly recommend talking it out. If you keep these thoughts in your head, they can spiral out of control … Just don’t be afraid, because you’ll be surprised how accepting other people can be if you actually give them the chance”

    If You Need Immediate Help

     

  • Graduation Day Yrs 7 & 8 at Robert Townson High School

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    Graduation Day Yrs 7 & 8 at Robert Townson High School

    13 Dec 2016 Graduation Day Yrs 7 & 8 at Robert Townson High School

    Mind Blank will be performing to years 7 & 8 for their graduation at Robert Townson High School, funded by Uniting Burnside (Campbelltown). 

    SCUBA (A Sub-Conscious Understanding for Better Awareness) strives to contribute to the education of mental health issues in the wider community, using innovative, creative and non threatening methods to generate higher awareness on the importance of good mental health practices.

  • Graduation Day Yrs 7 & 8 at Ingleburn High School

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    Graduation Day Yrs 7 & 8 at Ingleburn High School

    05 Dec 2016 Graduation Day Yrs 7 & 8 at Ingleburn High School

    Funded by Uniting Burnside (Campbelltown) Mind Blank will be
    performing to years 7 & 8 for their graduation day at Ingleburn High on the
    5th December 2016. 

    SCUBA (A Sub-Conscious Understanding for Better Awareness) strives to contribute to the education of mental health issues in the wider community, using innovative, creative and non threatening methods to generate higher awareness on the importance of good mental health practices.

  • Blog Spot: Richochet

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    Blog Spot: Richochet

    05 Dec 2016 Blog Spot: Richochet

    Richochet


    He left for high school three years ago and his brother two years ago, but his death still rocks through the primary school like a ball hitting skittles. 
    I could feel the strange atmosphere but I couldn’t put a finger on what it was, not the normal happy good morning as I signed in as a volunteer Mum. They were still waiting to tell the kids and had only told staff. I don’t know how they were keeping it together, I didn’t when I was told. 


    It hits you in waves as you try not to imagine the pain of the parents, his brother. I didn’t want to know the facts. You meet other people who don’t know the family and their story, yet. Trying for pleasant chatter, ‘how are you’ is equal to ‘oh o.k.’, ‘how are your kids’ same reply. The replies sound rude so you tell them the truth, stuttering sentences through emotions. I can see how badly it makes them feel even thought they don’t know the boy or his family. The consequence of living in a small town by the day of the funeral, two weeks after the end of mental health week, everyone will be grieving or know someone who is grieving, two degrees of separation.


    When we told the kids they already knew that a local boy had committed suicide, rumours on the bus. Now the rumour had a face they knew they wanted to know how, why, the facts. There are none and it kind of doesn’t as the reasons are always different. 


    So hard to understand why this family, a family who is involved. There will be so many shocked families, their involvement in the community means they are well known, Nippers, Scouts and Rugby. Not the drop and run parents, they were involved in the activities, help manage these clubs when able. 


    They had faith and their children were supported in faith based schools. So we can’t blame the ‘modern times adrift with no morals’. 
    I have been to the funeral of three aunts in the last eight years and during the normal day to day I still catch myself thinking that the world is a lesser place without their energy, involvement, laughter. I wonder how much a lesser place do we live in now without this boy. Unknown.


    ‘Please don’t listen to the rumours on the bus’, I tell my kids, ‘respect their privacy, the parents will give out the information they want known’. What I don’t tell them is more important, I don’t want the other kids to make suicide an option with their rationalisation. The richoche. I don’t have choice, the discussion on the bus is out of my realm. 
    Being a teenager is hard. All the ups are much higher, the lows much lower during this time. The ride down is much faster. A few more years and they will have a broadness allowing them to be more anchored, if they can get past that black dog.


    The question is why is it an option for kids to commit suicide and why wasn’t it an option when we were young, or our parents. We grew up in a time when bullying wasn’t discussed much, it happened and you hide the hurt. My father, as an adult, changed his name after being bullied as a child. It was such garden variety name but the hurt remained. There was no open society discussion about bullying, no school support when bullied. 

    Thankfully people are no longer shunned when connected to suicide, they are embraced as they should be. We cry with them, for them, as it should be.
    October media talked to individuals who were glad they had passed through the need to commit suicide. It was a struggle and often they spent years finding a safe space. But how can we talk about teenager and other suicide without it becoming an option?


    Our community and their family didn’t get through October unscathed. Why is it an option, I don’t want to hear the ricochet.

  • Blog Spot: Fresh Off The Boat

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    Blog Spot: Fresh Off The Boat

    30 Nov 2016 Blog Spot: Fresh Off The Boat

      Two years ago, with high hope, and a sense of adventure, I step on the plane to Australia for my undergraduate study. I didn’t know what to expect, but I believed whatever happen, it will become legendary stories which I will tell my grandson, or grandsons, in other words, I had absolute faith in my invincibility.

     

      The first week of my arrival in Australia was like honey moon, I don’t know what honey moon actually feels like, but I guess the passion I had with my new life in Australia is the thing closest to honey moon for me. I had endless energy to explore the city, I didn’t know where I going, but that’s okay, everywhere is different from where I lived before, everything is new, and new is good, new is exciting, new is the reason I am in Australia.

     

      After one week, the same reason that kept me out about and explore the world start to have reverse effects on me. Cultural shocks, that’s the name, which described in my college booklet as perfectly normal; I read that, I understand that, but I just can’t get rid of it. In the bad days I often lock myself in my room, dread of socialisations, eat tons of junk food until I feel so sick and disgusted to points I want puke myself, drown myself in my vomit and say goodbye to the miserable version of the world I was in. Every once a while, I have days like that, I will try to be positive, get my stuff together, and some small things pulling the trigger, the vicious cycle continued. I was depressed.

     

      I didn’t ask for help, why would I? I was invincible, remember, or I have to appear to be; My problems are my problems, I don’t want anyone knows about that, I rather closed myself from the world when I having dark and troublesome battles inside me. Deep down, I know it will horrify dear ones around me and dearest ones not around me. But I was wrong, it doesn't have to be that way, through acknowledging and addressing openly, peace can be found once again.

     

      I never feel the existing mental health facility in my college supportive, I wish I could be able knock on the door of consulting office in the college without hesitation, I wish I can tell the consulting officer what I really felt, and the reason I be there isn’t out of sheer curiosity, but looking for cure. I wish had something as Mind Blank, where I can learn what I needed through a joyful ride.

     

      Fortunately and unfortunately, I am not the only one who has problem with depression. From what I heard, other international students like me suffering similar mental health issues, and they often like me, too awkward to talk about it. I felt and seem the traces of shadow when they pretend everything is fine, while choosing to suffer alone. Some of them cope with it, some of them lost in it.

     

      About me now, I still feel depressed from time to time, but I am better at dealing with it than I was two years ago. The process of learning for me was harsh, and it is certainly an experience can be less painful, with right guidance, right information, right approach. 

  • The November Chairmen Report

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    The November Chairmen Report

    29 Nov 2016 The November Chairmen Report

    In The October Chairperson report, we shared that you can make a difference. We shared 10 ways to help stay mentally healthy. It starts with taking care of you. This list was not exhaustive although that's the beauty of a personal plan it’s personal to you.

     

    It appears the generosity our of our Mind Blank Fans took it a step further than just looking after themselves, they also decided to look after others throughout October and November through generous donations. 

     

    We have had a significant increase in donations.  To these generous people we are so grateful. You may just save someone’s life with your donation.

     

    Do you want to jump on the bandwagon and make a donation?

    click HERE to donate a little bit, a lot, once off or even regularly, you can choose how you help!

     

    Maybe you can donate some time and Volunteer with us? We are now recruiting Volunteer Fundraisers:  

    https://mindblank.org.au/whats-happening#position-vacant-volunteer-fundraisers. Do you want to make a difference in the world?

     

    You know that we are Creatively committed to mental health education with mindfulness and integrity, and we aim to be recognised Australia wide for mental health awareness & education through delivering innovative programs in schools, communities, and workplaces.

    We advocate a holistic and balanced approach through strategic partnerships and collaborations.

     

     If you have any ideas, thoughts or suggestion or feedback for our team please contact us and share your idea. Who knows your very idea could end up helping someone in need.

    I look forward to chatting with you again in December

    Adam Joy  |  Chairman 

    Mind Blank Ltd

    m  0402 839 213

    e  chairman@mindblank.org.au

    w   www.mindblank.org.au

    Creatively committed to mental health education with mindfulness and integrity.

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Our Fans

Some of our testimonials

As a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth populations, it is my opinion that the Mind Blank theatre forum topics have the potential to open up informed discussions around youth mental health issues in a way that is meaningful, engaging and real for the young people involved, and these are vital ingredients for working effectively with young people.

Tim Hudman

Youth Mental Health Psychologist

I was introduced to Mind Blank via a performance at Wollongong University. They performed to a student group of about 300 high school students. You could hear a pin drop- they had everyone’s attention, (including my own) in the palm of their hands. It truly was the highlight of the action packed day. In my 13 years as a PDHPE teacher, I have never seen mental health be brought the forefront with such enjoyment, fun and interaction. Their ability to engage students into this taboo topic is brilliant and the ability to keep the conversation going-that is the successful component of Mindblank. I can’t recommend this enough. Students will love it, teachers will appreciate the unique approach it takes to mental health and everyone will benefit from this much needed creative production.

Sharna Dawson

Lake Illawarra Careers Advisor

I thank you for inspiring to face the demons of my past… I consider myself to be a survivor of the battlefield of depression and victor, I look back on things passed and realize I have changed for the better and have come so far and syllable have a long way to go…. Thank you… I’m truly truly grateful to have witnessed Mind Blank at our school”

Young Person

Anonymous

Raising the awareness of positive life decisions when faced with mental health issues. This has been achieved by not lecturing but allowing students to make these powerful decisions themselves through interactive theatre arming them with the skills and knowledge to know when to seek help.

I quote from Warrawong High school principal Jenny Flowers “It was great! Some of our most challenging year 12 students stopped me in the playground and thanked me for bringing Mind Bank to the school, we all learned so much.

Cathy McGhie

Team Leader Student Employment Advisor (Workplace Learning Illawarra)

Tackling youth mental health issues in our community is an ever increasing concern among parents, teachers, and the broader community, largely due to rising rates of bullying, depression, youth suicide and the growing demand on support services such as Headspace.

As a former PDHPE teacher, I understand the critical importance of education to the understanding and addressing of mental health issues in young people, as well as how difficult this can be.

Mind Blank’s programs give young people an in-depth understanding of not only symptoms of mental health issues, but also strategies to positively seek help and prevent harm.  As teachers working closely with students on these issues, I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Mind Blanks work and I encourage you to come along and see how the Scuba Initiative may benefit your students.

Ryan Park

MP Member for Keira

MindBlank Affiliates

Our Team


Charity


Mind Blank is a health promotion charity, ABN 18 168 485 176, working along side service providers and local health districts. 

We are registered as being a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Charities Commission.  

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Donate


There are many ways you can help Mind Blank. Some ideas include in-kind support offers, monthly sponsorship packages, organising a fundraiser or even one off donations. We welcome your ideas and support to continue our growth and professionalization. 

Any donation above $2.00 can be used as a tax deduction.

 

For all general enquires

Bookings


 

Key information you need to know prior to booking a Mind Blank Performance:

  • Mind Blank is Sydney and Canberra (ACT) based, therefore
  • Performances booked outside of the Sydney/Canberra CBD, rural areas or interstate, travel costs are to be expected.
  • Performance costs: Package deals available if booking more than one performance on the same day.
  • Our performances are 1hr in duration
  • Max audience size 200

Please note: during all performances we recommend that microphones are provided to the cast. A venue with a speaker is sufficient to plug microphones into, this can in turn increase the quality of our product delivery.

For direct contact re enquiry/booking a Mind Blank performance call on 0468 912 399

 

 

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For general enquires
contact us on 0468 912 399.

For direct contact re enquiry/booking a Mind Blank performance go to:  https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings

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Please Note:

  •  Mind Blank is a health promotion charity and we are not a Mental Health service provider. If you need immediate help or information on existing services please go to http://www.mindblank.org.au/helpinfo/

 

  • Volunteering for Mind Blank: all current volunteering roles will be advertised though http://www.mindblank.org.au/whats-happening. There are two ongoing positions that we are always searching for (information below), if either type of volunteering involvement interests you please enquire within.   
  1. Our marketing team is always looking for assisting with generating more content for our website and social media blogs.
  2. Fundraisers are needed to help at fundraising events such as market stalls, high teas, recruitment drives, quiz nights, auctions and sausage sizzles.  The best part is YOU CHOOSE what when and how you would like to fundraise for us!

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