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.

 

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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For more information on event bookings please watch this short youtube clip. 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.

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  • 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: Living and Suicide

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    Blog Spot: Living and Suicide

    01 Nov 2016 Blog Spot: Living and Suicide

    Often we here from people reaching out to us whom have lost someone dear to them from mental ill-health. Suicide is a hard topic for anyone to get their head around. Here are some words from Brue.

    “We struggle desperately to seek answers…..what signs did I miss? Could I have done more?  How was I not able to save him?

    It takes a long time to realise and accept that you will never have the answers.”

    Here at Mind Blank our solution to the issue is prevention, education, and advocating help seeking pathways. We want to expose our young people with strategies to help themselves and their peers in times of need. We want our young people to speak up about their wellbeing.  

     

    If you need immediate help

    1. https://www.beyondblue.org.au
    2. https://www.lifeline.org.au/
    3. http://www.headspace.org.au/
  • Blog Spot: Seeking Help

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    Blog Spot: Seeking Help

    01 Oct 2016 Blog Spot: Seeking Help

    Did you know that the one of the most difficult things to say is: Help Me? This week we talk about help seeking. Asking for help can sometimes be a difficult thing. Here are the words from Sara’s blog that she would like to share with us.

    “Some times it’s the most degraded thing to have to ask for help. There are so many people who say you can always rely on them in times of need but how much of that is true? All you have to do is ask, but sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do. To admit that you need help takes courage. Its like taking a vulnerable leap and opens up your weak spots. I dread when I have to ask for help because I don’t know where to go? Who to ask? There are so many options but which one to take? Who do I trust the most to be able to tell them such secrets? My parents don’t have much to give but will always lend a hand, friends shouldn’t have to offer support with money, and teachers are there to help but again its embarrassing to ask. I guess its because I admit it implies that I’m not ok, that I cant handle every thing on my own.

    I know it is silly to think like this, I am happy that I have had so many supporters in my life now. It seems silly that I didn’t ask for help earlier on.”

    If you or anyone you know is suffering make sure you get help. Here are some quick links to help seek support

    7.            https://www.beyondblue.org.au

    8.            https://www.lifeline.org.au/

    9.            http://www.headspace.org.au/

  • Blog Spot: Family Ties

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    Blog Spot: Family Ties

    01 Sep 2016 Blog Spot: Family Ties

    Emily is a brave young girl who will be sharing her story with you today.

    “Picture this its mother’s day and this year Mum was so down and depressed. I love her to bit’s.  Her sensitivity to things has always left her swinging and experiencing some of the most extreme emotions in life.  Today someone upset her and she was simply unable to let that go, so she took all that pain to her own mothers day lunch.  She didn’t have one bite of lunch the whole time and the depressive state that she was in left her feeling that she was not supported by any of our family even though we were all out to celebrate her that day.

    I feel like sometimes when people are in moods like this they choose to only see the world in those black and white states, and they reject any offers of help that we may have for them.

    I speak of this as it brings up the importance of needing support. Sometimes when you are caring for people in your life that are mentally ill, you as the carer too need people to support you. “

    If you or anyone you know is suffering make sure you get help. Here are some quick links to help seek support

    1. https://www.beyondblue.org.au
    2. https://www.lifeline.org.au/
    3. http://www.headspace.org.au/

    Here at Mind Blank our solution to the issue is prevention, education, and advocating help seeking pathways. We want to expose young people with strategies to help themselves and their peers in times of need. We want our young people to speak up about their wellbeing.   

  • Crookwell High and Belmore Park Mental Health Community Event in Goulburn

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    Crookwell High and Belmore Park Mental Health Community Event in Goulburn

    31 Aug 2016 Crookwell High and Belmore Park Mental Health Community Event in Goulburn

    Funded by The Mental Health Respite & Carer Support Schizophrenia Fellowship, Mind Blank will be performing two back to back performances at Crookwell High School Goulburn on Wednesday 31st August and also at a Mental Health Community event on 8th October 2016.

     

  • 2016 Albury/Wodonga Youth Mental Health Forum

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    2016 Albury/Wodonga Youth Mental Health Forum

    09 Aug 2016 2016 Albury/Wodonga Youth Mental Health Forum

    Mind Blank will be hosting and performing at the 2016 Albury/Wodonga Youth Mental Health Forum on Tuesday 9th August.

    The forum is about improving access for young people to appropriate services, addressing the stigma associated with mental health and to recognise that a great deal can be done to promote a better understanding of mental health issues in schools and in the community.

     

  • Wodonga Senior Secondary College

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    Wodonga Senior Secondary College

    08 Aug 2016 Wodonga Senior Secondary College

    The North East Local Learning & Employment Network is funding Mind Blank to deliver 3 x performances at the Wodonga Senior Secondary College on Monday 8th August 2016.

    North East Local Learning and Employment Network's (NELLEN) core objective is to improve education and employment participation, engagement, attainment and transition for all young people aged 10 to 19 years within the geographical boundaries of four local government areas – Alpine, Indigo and Towong shires and the City of Wodonga.

  • National Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress

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    National Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress

    04 Aug 2016 National Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress

     

    Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress

    Empower, enable and inspire yourself to reach the top of your profession

    3-4 August 2016, Canberra

     Meet our expert speaking panel:

    • Sharon Gradden, Executive Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
    • Nicole Williams, Executive Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
    • Leanne Cotton, Executive Assistant to First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Alison Polkinghorne, Executive Assistant to General Manager, Department of Human Services
    • Catherine Allen, Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator
    • Michael Clark, Executive Director, Technology & Innovation, Fair Work Ombudsman
    • Helen Prentice, Executive Assistant to Director-General ACT Health, ACT Health Directorate
    • Aloisie Krásný, Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, Sydney Water
    • Deborah Mattiuzzo, Executive Assistant to A/g Head of Division AusIndustry, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
    • Sue Miller, Executive Assistant to CEO & Mayor, District Council of Mt Barker
    • Vicki Maroulis, Executive Assistant to Executive Lead, Health & Disability Strategy Group, Transport Accident Commission
    • Jacqueline O’Brien, Branch Coordinator, Department of Human Services
    • Lizzie Wagner, Director, Lizzie Wagner Group
    • Ally Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Mind Blank Ltd
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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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call us on 0468 912 399.

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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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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.