Last weekend, my husband (Mr B) competed in the Newman triathlon. The event had a great community feel, with many Newman residents getting involved. To top it off, Mr B came third!
The event was run in partnership with the health promotion message Act Belong Commit. This is a really important message, particularly for small towns like Newman. I know from experience – even in a small town, you can be invisible if you aren’t involved in the community. On the flipside, if you throw yourself into community events and activities, the connection and support you feel is amazing!
Mental health advocacy organisation beyondblue were also at the triathlon, as they were supported by BHP Billiton to come to the Pilbara and do a ‘Big Blue Bus’ tour of the company’s mine operations.
Patrice from beyondblue told me that they had such a positive response from BHP and their employees, and that many workers were actively speaking about mental health in a really positive way. It was so good to hear that employers and employees are placing importance on mental health here in the Pilbara, especially considering the challenges associated with the Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) working life.
One of the best and most relevant resources produced by beyondblue is Man Therapy.
This site is tailored to the ‘Aussie bloke’ and provides stress, anxiety and depression management strategies in a lighthearted way.