Bundaberg Regional Council work with the community towards reducing the stigma of Mental Illness and developing ways to inform and engage all community members of our region in our metal wellbeing.
The Stress Connection Program
This program is aimed at young people and utilises art to teach young people about stress. The program runs over 3 sessions:
- What is stress and how it effects our body
- What are ways we can reduce and manage stress
- Where can we go if we need help
Council have been running this program over several years and it has been delivered to over 1000 young people across the region. If you are interested in knowing more out this project, please call our Youth Development Officer on 1300 333 000.
R U Ok? Local Champions initiative
In September 2016, Bundaberg became the home to Australia's first R U Ok? Community Conversation space. Along with having a visual representation of an R U OK? bench placed in BRAG Park, which was officially opened by Olympic Champion Libby Trickett, Council also facilitated workshops with over 50 community members across the region in our R U Ok? Local Champions Initiative. R U Ok? Local Champions work with Council to promote the power of a conversation all across the year. Our Local Champion workshops are designed to bring people together to learn ways to have the R U Ok? conversation but also in supporting each other.
Since the initiative started in 2016, we now have over 80 R U Ok Local Champions across our region, including local high schools and 3 new R U Ok? community bench spaces - Alexandra Park in Bundaberg, Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre and the Childers Library. Councils Youth Development Officer can also run workshops in workplaces and community groups to increase their knowledge and confidence in having the R U Ok? conversation. Please call our Youth Development Officer on 1300 333 000 for more information.
R U Ok? Day
R U Ok? Day is recognised each year on the second Thursday of September.
R U OK? Day is a national day of action and is dedicated to helping Australia's high suicide rate. R U OK? Day aims to inspire all Australians to take responsibility for people in their lives who may be struggling and need an opportunity to say "I'm not ok" to a friend or family member.
Useful Links and Phone Numbers
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Kids helpline - 1800 551 800
Mensline - 1300 789 978
Suicide Call back service - 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
Bundaberg Mental Health Service - Child, Youth and Adult services available - 4150 2500
QLD Health - Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service - providing drug and alcohol services, with medical support - 4150 2740
Visit the Community Directories for local community services and group
www.youthbeyondblue.com - information for young people to assist and support the themes "Look, Listen, Talk Seek"
www.headspace.org.au - a website to help young people going through tough times
www.reachout.com - Australia leading online youth mental health service
www.ontrack.org.au - a range of programs to help you learn skills to manage your problems
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au - an interactive web program designed to prevent depression