About Mind Blank

Innovation of mental health & wellness education

We are creatively committed to mental health education with mindfulness and integrity.

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.

What to know more? Check out our latest Annual Report Mind-Blank-Annual-Report-2015-16.pdf 

 

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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Our Programs


Our Programs: 

To Date Mind Blank has hosted over 100 programs to over 20,000 young people across Australia. 

Want to know more about what we have to offer? Please click on the appropriate link: 

Mind Blank for Schools https://www.mindblank.org.au/mind-blank-for-schools

Partnerships and Collaborations https://www.mindblank.org.au/partnerships-and-collaborations

Cultural Collaborations https://www.mindblank.org.au/mind-blank-cultural-collaborations

Leadership Conferences and Youth Mental Health Forums https://www.mindblank.org.au/leadership-conferences-and-youth-mental-health-forums

Transitioning to the Work Place https://www.mindblank.org.au/transition-to-work

Speaking Opportunities https://www.mindblank.org.au/speaking-opportunities  

 

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  • Bunnings BBQ Rockdale

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    Bunnings BBQ Rockdale

    19 Mar 2017 Bunnings BBQ Rockdale

    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.

    Our vision is 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.

    Our team builds confidence in young people from all walks of life and empowers them to seek help in a time of need.  To date Mind Blank have hosted more than 100 forum theatre workshops around Australia. We have directly impacted over 20,000 young people on mental health and wellbeing topics. 

    Like what we do? Why not donate to a great cause? Come join us at Rockdale Bunnings for Mind Blank BBQ 2.0! Get some snags and cold drinks to support our work advocating for youth mental health. Help us raise some funds to continue educating students about mental health issues in your area! Any donation above $2.00 can be used as a tax deduction. 

    Did you know? That suicide is the leading cause of death is in people aged 15-24 year. Reference: Australian Bureau Statistics

    Mind Blank exists because we believe that no one needs to suffer in silence! 

     

  • Life-saving performance heads to NT

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    Life-saving performance heads to NT

    15 Mar 2017 Life-saving performance heads to NT


    Att: Mind Blank fans: check out this great write up in the NT News! #MindBlankLtd #lifesaving #mentalhealthawareness

    http://www.ntnews.com.au/entertainment/lifesaving-performance-heads-to-nt/news-story/b5c9049732d3537749d13d77b6dade14

     

  • Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Penrith

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    Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Penrith

    11 Mar 2017 Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Penrith

    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.

    Our vision is 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.

    Our team builds confidence in young people from all walks of life and empowers them to seek help in a time of need.  To date Mind Blank have hosted more than 100 forum theatre workshops around Australia. We have directly impacted over 20,000 young people on mental health and wellbeing topics. 

    Like what we do? Why not donate to a great cause? Come join us at Officeworks Penrith for a sausage sizzle! Let's raise some funds to continue educating students about mental health issues in your area! Any donation above $2.00 can be used as a tax deduction. 

    Did you know? That suicide is the leading cause of death is in people aged 15-24 year. Reference: Australian Bureau Statistics

    Mind Blank exists because we believe that no one needs to suffer in silence! 

  • Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 3

    Blog

    Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 3

    09 Mar 2017 Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 3

    Living with Anxiety: Help! I don’t know how to stop it!

    In this day and age, it is easy to be overworked, super switched on and wired to multiple adverting campaigns.  We are all guilty of going through phases of taking on too much. 

    Here is a great article describing what it’s like to live with Anxiety:

    1. “I do realize the things I worry about are ridiculous. Even though I’m aware, I can’t just stop it.” — Erika Strojny Myers

    2. “I might look like I’m doing nothing, but in my head I’m quite busy”-Dian Kim

    3. “I don’t always know why I’m anxious.” — Teri-Marie Harrison

    4. “It’s paralysing.” — Marlene Pickering” McGlensey (2015)[1]

    Increased stress can trigger young people’s abilities in dealing with anxiety.   Here is a quick segment from a personal story:

    “During my mid-year exams I remember I would wake up every morning feeling very ill. I had headaches and nausea to the point of vomiting. I attended my mid-year exam but I couldn’t focus, so I got up and walked out only fifteen minutes into the exam. When I got home I pulled out all of my text books and cried. I tried to study but my body wouldn’t stop shaking. I didn’t want to tell my parents any of it because I was afraid they would think of me as a failure. 

    I couldn’t control it anymore. I regret not speaking to anybody at school about my anxiety. I let it take over. Once I realised that it actually happens to heaps of kids I was able to talk to my teacher and they could help me. I feel kind of silly about working myself so hard.” (Mind Blank, 2016)[2]

    This story shows a time where Ken’s limits were tested, and he had too much going on. It was a time where his mental health and wellbeing had been compromised.

     

    Here are some practical stress management tips to try out at home:

    1)    Have a conversation about everything that’s going on for them

    If the young person’s not up for bonding with you it’s ok. Question: Is there someone else in their life they may be closer in age to whom you can converse with to help filter information back to you?

    2)    Find out how your young person chooses to relax

    Observe how or if they take proper down time to relax and care for themselves.  Burn out rates are on the increase in young people. According to White (2016) Millennials are a stressed-out and anxious generation.[3]

    3)    Talk to the young person about stress management

    Take the time to be open with them if you are concerned in regards to their health and life balance. There are some great stress management tips for parents and friends on the Headspace website. Go to https://www.headspace.org.au/friends-and-family/a-parents-guide-to-school-issues-and-stress/[4]

    4)     Question how stress effects the body in different ways

    Stress can have significant effects on the body, including headaches, anxiety, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping (Share Care Inc, 2016)[5]. Have a conversation to share some of the different symptoms to show how stress can manifest in different ways.

    5)    Practise meditation together

    There are some great online tools to practise mediation. Here is a link from Headspace https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app[6]

    6)    Take time to just sit and observed the world

    Doing nothing is a great way to wind down. There are some great mindfulness exercises that could help. It is a technique to work on winding down and helps you have a more stress free life (Living Well)[7]



    [1] McGlensey, M (2015) What Anxiety Feels Like. The Mighty [online]https://themighty.com/2015/05/what-anxiety-feels-like/. Accessed 27.12.2016

    [2] Mind Blank (2016) Anxiety/Stress Mind Blank Ltd [online]http://www.mindblank.org.au/anxietystress/#sthash.3ElC8WA6.dpuf. Accessed 27.12.2016

    [3]White (2016) How to Prevent Millennials from Burning out at Work. Leadership Management. [online]  http://www.cio.com/article/3105672/leadership-management/how-to-prevent-millennials-from-burning-out-at-work.html. Accessed 27.12.2016

    [4]Headspace (2016) A Parents Guide to School Issues and Stress. Head Space [online]  Accessed 27.12.2016 https://www.headspace.org.au/friends-and-family/a-parents-guide-to-school-issues-and-stress/

    [5] Share care Inc. (2016) Symptoms of Stress. Share care [online]  http://www.sharecare.com/health/stress-reduction/symptoms-of-stress. Accessed 27.12.2016

    [6] Headspace (2016) Headspace Meditation. Headspace [online]https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app.  Accessed 27.12.2016

    [7] Living Well (2016) Mindfulness Exercise 3. Living well. [online]https://www.livingwell.org.au/mindfulness-exercises-3/ Accessed 26.12.2016

  • Blog Spot: Personal Story Eating Disorders

    Blog

    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

     

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  • Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Belconnen

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    Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Belconnen

    05 Mar 2017 Officeworks BBQ Fundraiser Belconnen

    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.

    Our vision is 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.

    Our team builds confidence in young people from all walks of life and empowers them to seek help in a time of need.  To date Mind Blank have hosted more than 100 forum theatre workshops around Australia. We have directly impacted over 20,000 young people on mental health and wellbeing topics. 

    Like what we do? Why not donate to a great cause? Come join us on the 5th March 2017 @ Officeworks Belconnen for a sausage sizzle! Grab some stationary, a sausage and support the work of Mind Blank in advocating youth mental health issues in your area! Any donation above $2.00 can be used as a tax deduction. 

    Did you know? That suicide is the leading cause of death is in people aged 15-24 year. Reference: Australian Bureau Statistics

    Mind Blank exists because we believe that no one needs to suffer in silence! 

     

  • Mind Blank goes to Canberra College

    Mind Blank goes to Canberra College

    01 Mar 2017 Mind Blank goes to Canberra College

    On the 1st of March, Mind Blank is heading to our nation's capital to do two performances at Canberra College! See you there!

  • Canberra College ACT

    Canberra College ACT

    19 Feb 2017 Canberra College ACT

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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

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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 Not-for-Profit 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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