30 June 2021

Today is 30 June and I’ve taken a week off for the school holidays with our girls. We’re also in lockdown. Not fun but it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.

Today I’m sharing a three-part mental health care package of goodness with you because good mental health is critical for you and for me.

So here it is…

Part 1: MOVING > The July Be In Motion Challenge on Strava

Strava is a fitness tracking app and in July I have set a simple challenge. Choose any activity you like and move for 30 minutes every day this month. Exercise is a core part of good mental health and hence the challenge!

If you’re new to Strava, it’s free to join. Use this link to sign up.

If you’re already on Strava, follow me here and I’ll invite you to the challenge, I’d love to have you join us!

Part 2: LISTENING > Minding Your Mind

My friend and colleague, Dr Ian Hickey, a mental health expert and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and one of the driving forces behind making mental health a national priority has launched a new podcast called Minding Your Mind!

All I’ll say is this: Brilliant, practical, entertaining and essential.

Minding Your Mind is also free and available everywhere you listen to podcasts (and here is the link to Spotify and Apple Podcasts)

Part 3: WATCHING > Mental Health First Aid with Steven Gamble

Steven Gamble is no stranger to witnessing mental health conditions and feeling helpless to do anything about it. So he founded Man Anchor, an organisation dedicated to providing a safe space to support the growth of mental health literacy.

In this Drop Bio interactive workshop, Steven, a mental health first aider, shares his practical wisdom for understanding and better managing mental health. We talked about how to recognise the signs of a mental health crisis, the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, and why these conversations are so important.

As one of my team said, ‘This is simply awesome’.

Watch it here, whenever you’re ready.

Finally, I’m here to help as always. Lockdowns and the stress of pending lockdowns are exhausting and their impact is felt in more corners of our community than we realise.

Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Be kind. Ask for help.

You got this!

Cheers, Phil

P.S. If you voted for one of the names for Drop Bio’s new wellness product, thank you very much! The winner was WellBeing by Drop and we’re super excited to see it launch in the coming months!

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