Posted by Caroline Rickard
I am sure that in your lifetime you have known people that struggle with mental health issues and it is becoming more evident now we are talking more openly and acknowledging the importance of sharing our inner most thoughts. We can see a broken arm or leg but we can’t see the turmoil inside a person’s mind.
 
There are many initiatives being promoted and Rotary Clubs are making a difference this year by “Lifting the Lid” on mental illness. Locally you will see Rotary members “Pop up” in one of your local coffee shops. Make yourself known to the team and support the program.
Drysdale Rotary Club President Catherine Eagleson promoting “Lifting the Lid” on mental illness.
 
We have our IGKNITE program knitting and selling beanies. Commission your own design, or buy one made already, donate money or wool. Or maybe you might like to knit some for us to sell? Funds raised will be donated to Lifeline and Australian Rotary Health.
 
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary Clubs.  We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. 
 
This service (13 11 14) now answers around 1,800 calls each day, with around 50 calls from people at high risk of suicide. Lifeline’s services are now made possible through the efforts of around 1,000 staff and 11,000 volunteers, operating from over 60 locations nationwide. Services and resources are now provided through phone, face-to-face, and online mediums.
 
Drysdale Primary School are doing their bit to nip insecurity in the school by running a program called “Kids Matter” The students, parents and teachers work together to make sure that kids go through school feeling included, happy and belong. Starting this concept so early in a child’s life equips them to make a decision to look at situations as positive rather than always going to negative thought patterns.
Drysdale Primary School are doing their bit to nip insecurity in the school by running a program called “Kids Matter”
 
If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your local community and the wider world, joining the Rotary Club of Drysdale is just for you. The Rotary Club of Drysdale meets at the Clifton Springs Golf Club on Monday evenings at 6pm for dinner and meeting at 6.30pm.
 
For more information, phone membership secretary Caroline Rickard on 0408 989 221.