About Mind Blank

Reducing the risk of youth suicide through interactive performances in schools and communities.

Every 3hrs in Australia someone takes their life by way of suicide, and 15 more 12-17year olds make an attempt (Ref: Orygen, 2017).

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 and 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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Programs


Our Programs: 

To date Mind Blank has hosted over 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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  • TheMHS Conference 2017

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    TheMHS Conference 2017

    29 Aug 2017 TheMHS Conference 2017

    MIND BLANK will be presenting at the:

    Embracing Change
    Through Innovation and Lived Experience.

    Join us for the 27th TheMHS Conference in Sydney, Australia.

    Dates: 29 August - 1 September, 2017.

    Venue: Hilton, Sydney.


    Mental Health services across Australia and New Zealand have undergone unprecedented change over the past 10 years. Over the next 10 years we anticipate even more. Adherence to the principles of recovery and recognition of lived experience as key to mental health reform are expanding the range of choices beyond traditional illness management.

    New models, new funding, new providers and the voices of people with a lived experience have informed us about change, innovation and different approaches to collectively improve our systems of mental health support.

    Embracing Change Through Innovation and Lived Experience is a theme that enables new directions and conversations which are based on building on the extraordinary strengths we find in individuals, families, and communities.

  • Youth Health Day

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    Youth Health Day

    10 Aug 2017 Youth Health Day

  • Voices in Action Conference

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    Voices in Action Conference

    10 Aug 2017 Voices in Action Conference

    The theme for the 2017 CREATE Foundation Conference is all about creating positive change to improve the lives of children and young people in care. The Conference will be held at the newly built International Convention Centre, Sydney from the 10th to 12th August 2017 and is open to all children and young people with a care experience in Australia. The Conference will also be open to and appealing to carers, government officials and those working in the sector.

    Proudly hosted by CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people in out-of-home care. CREATE provides programs and services to create a better life for children and young people with a statutory care experience.

    The overall purpose of Voices in Action: empowering young people for positive change is to provide an international forum for young people with a care experience to learn and grow, build self-confidence, and to connect with their peers and those working within the system. The collective aim is to enhance community awareness and to reduce the stigma associated with children and young people with a care experience and to provide them with an avenue to feel empowered, informed, and to have a say and be heard.

    The Conference is an opportunity for children and young people to have a say in the system designed to protect and support them, and engage with key decision makers in child protection.

     

  • My Future Fest

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    My Future Fest

    08 Aug 2017 My Future Fest

    My Future Fest is a joint collaboration between ETC, Clarence Valley Council, North Coast TAFE and Clarence Youth Action Group.

    The one-day event is designed to provide young people in the Clarence Valley, aged 15-21, with bright ideas about their future and different pathways available to them. The event will focus on career, training and health advice.

    The fun and informative event will feature the following:
    Practical demos
    Career & Job Advice
    Training Advice
    Health Advice
    Workshops
    Music
    Free food

    Want to know more? 

  • 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference

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    2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference

    26 Jul 2017 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference

    We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Queensland, 26 – 29 July 2017. The theme Relationships, resilience and respect: Responding to vulnerability in life will be designed to bring to the fore these thematic issues in suicide prevention and how they may help or hinder implementation of initiatives at the community level.

    Presentation Information

    Title Mind Blank & TEAMhealth Providing Culturally Appropriate and Engaging Mental Health Activities to Youths Across the Top End of Australia
  • BBQ Fundraiser - UC Students

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     BBQ Fundraiser - UC Students

    22 Jul 2017 BBQ Fundraiser - UC Students

    A group of students at the University of Canberra will be partaking in a soccer game to celebrate good mental wellbeing practices. They will be hosting a bbq at the end of the game to raise funds for the Mind Blank team =) 

  • Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 6

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    Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 6

    18 Jul 2017 Blog Spot - Leading a New Generation part 6

    Emotional relapse

    Emotional relapse and mental health episodes can come at any moment in the journey. For the person going though it can feels like three steps forward and one step back. With time the frequency of such episodes will pass. The individual will need to develop as a person. They will need to work on constant personal growth and self-improvement to regain strength in their lives.

    “When you are in a depression your eyes are closed. When you are recovering from a relapse it’s like someone has forced your eyes open.

    Your life looks like it has been hit by a natural disaster and you are forced to look through all the rubble. You pick things up one at a time, if you feel strong enough. and you hope that you never have to look back again.”

    The world can feel like a new place to discover once the individual has recovered from being mentally ill to mentally well again. All parties should be proud of the little steps of recovery that get taken each day. Eventually a level of mindfulness will kick in.  Its common that the individual finds a sense of purpose to live. A new season. A stronger person within. 

    How to support someone who you know has experienced an emotional relapse:

    1) Have conversations with your loved one to find out if there are any triggers that makes them more emotionally sensitive than usual

    2) Keep a note of special dates, activities or times of day that seem to lead to greater periods of imbalanced mood swings or challenges

    3) Empathise with them

    4) Be non-bias and avoid judgement

    5) Share with them that you are proud of them and remind them that tomorrow is another day

    6) Be open to creating new traditions together. For example: at the end of a tough day from now own the two of you will debrief over a hot chocolate 

  • The July Chairman's Report

    The July Chairman's Report

    04 Jul 2017 The July Chairman's Report

    Chairman’s report July 2017

    Dry July and the start of the new financial year. A chance for each of us to stop, reflect, make goals and take actions.

    What has dry July got to do with Mind Blank you might ask? It is not a direct link however when I think of campaigns such as Dry July where people are encouraged to give up alcohol for the month of July to raise funds for cancer support organisations across Australia, to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing. I am struck with the notion of well-being. After all that is what Mind Blank is about, it is about the mental health and well-being of our young people.

    Undertaking dry July has benefits for those abstaining for the month as well as benefits for cancer support organisations including raising awareness of the need for cancer support for patients and their carers as well as some much needed funds, so a win-win situation. Research conducted in the UK has outlined the benefits of having a month off alcohol 40% reduction in liver fat, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, 3kgs of weight loss. In addition people have reported having improved sleep as well as more energy and focus.

    It is the start of a new financial year. This is often a time for us to think about our savings plan, our spending and of course our tax return. It also provides us the opportunity to think not only about our saving plan, but also to think about our giving plan. Perhaps you like me often donate money in an unplanned way. Giving has been shown to also have benefits for those giving as well as those receiving. Giving is contagious, we inspire others, it makes us feel happy, it activates regions of our brains associated with pleasure, social connection and trust. It is good for our health with studies indicating it lowers our blood pressure and increases our physical health and longevity. It promotes social connection and evokes gratitude. Barbara Fredrickson, a world renowned happiness researcher, suggests cultivating gratitude in everyday life is one of the keys to happiness. Giving is also linked to the release of oxytocin which induces feelings of warmth, euphoria and connection. 

    All of these benefits have inspired me to think about my goals, my giving and my health and well-being. With this in mind I intend to have a dry July, as a reminder of the importance of considering my own health and well-being. In addition I am also going to schedule monthly ‘giving’s’ to my favoured charities, which of course include Mind Blank, rather than my usual ad hoc approach. This way I can reap the health and well-being benefits outlined above at the same time as knowing that my contributions will be going towards making a difference to the mental health well-being of young people through providing them with greater opportunities to participate in a Mind Blank performance.  

    We hope you have enjoyed some of this months thought provoking subject matter. Our team will touch base again with you all next month.

    Kind Regards,

    Mind Blank Ltd Board

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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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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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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 to impact mental health outcomes for young people.  

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

 

Bookings


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

  • Mind Blank is Sydney and Canberra based, therefore performances booked outside of Sydney/Canberra CBD, rural areas or interstate, travel costs are to be expected.
  • Performance costs: package deals available if booked 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 microphone 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 from out team call 0468912399

 

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 0468912399

- See more at: https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings#sthash.wcx9wq3W.dpuf

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 0468912399

- See more at: https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings#sthash.wcx9wq3W.dpuf

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 0468912399

- See more at: https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings#sthash.wcx9wq3W.dpuf

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 0468912399

- See more at: https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings#sthash.wcx9wq3W.dpuf

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For general enquires
contact us on 0468912399

To enquire or make a direct booking for a Mind Blank performance click here 

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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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