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WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING…….

Posted in city of fremantle, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

Kind off how I feel today. ; >)

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Don’t forget the Fremantle International Portrait Prize is on show at the Moores Gallery in Henry Street. See you there!

 

Roel Loopers

R U OKAY TODAY?

Posted in city of fremantle, depression, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

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It is R U OK? Day today and a timely reminder for all of us to remain vigilant about our loved ones and work colleagues.

Mental health issues affect a large number of people in our society and they deserve our awareness and support. There is also a disturbing high trend of youth suicide.

Often just having someone who will listen without judging, to get a hug, a smile, and to not feel totally abandoned and alone in fighting the black dog, is so very important.

When that big black hole opens and the anxiety and depression takes over, it is a huge battle to try to pull yourself out of it, and sometimes it seems futile to keep on trying, as even getting out of bed in the morning is too much.

So ask the people around you if they are ok, because many of us just keep smiling while sinking deeper and deeper in the hole of no return. You could safe someone’s life today!

R.U OKAY?

 

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R U OK? ART AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, education, mental health, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

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Fremantle Notre Dame University students came up with a creative idea to raise awareness for mental health and R U OK? DAY.

Students were handed small bags with paint in them to throw at a canvas, that will become an abstract painting depicting all the moods and nuances of life.

 

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CAN YOU SEE MY MIND ART SHOW

Posted in art, fremantle, mental health by freoview on February 19, 2017

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Can You See My Mind is a powerful art exhibition about mental health upstairs at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street, Fremantle.

The works by photographer Melanie English and artist Megan Henry have been created from mental health questionnaires completed by people who suffered or are still suffering a mental health condition.

Mental health issues affect one in five Australians every year so it is not something we should be ignorant or judgmental about.

We have come a long way and no longer call people who have mental health problems lunatics or crazy, but there is often still a stigma attached to it and a presumption that the issues are alcohol or drug related, hence many people try to fight depression in isolation.

Shame, fear, loneliness, anxiety and feeling so deeply tired of life, in what one perceives to be absolute isolation and abandoned by society and friends, is a very traumatic experience that sadly often ends in suicide.

It is important that we are constantly aware that even close friends might not share their mental health issues with us and that asking and being observant is very important.

This exhibition helps us understand just a little bit better how and what people with mental health poblems go through.

Also at the Moores at ground level is a sculpture and painting show by Jon Denaro.

Roel Loopers

 

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUICIDE AT FREMANTLE YOUTH PLAZA

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, esplanade youth plaza, mental health, suicide, youth by freoview on October 9, 2016

The Changing Your Tune event at the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza skatepark was a lot of fun but also a stark reminder that so many people in Australia suffer from mental health issues and commit suicide.

There was live music, burlesque and skating coaching clinics, but also hundreds of shoes on display to remind us that suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for 15-44 year olds.

In 2016 3,027 people took their own life, with the Aboriginal rate of suicide twice as high as that of non Aboriginal people.

Western Australia has the highest rate of Aboriginal suicide in Australia, and a very disturbing trend of very young people seeing no other way out of their despair than killing themselves.

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ARE YOU JUST A BIT OKAY TODAY?

Posted in fremantle, health, mental health, suicide, western australia by freoview on September 8, 2016

It is R U OK? Day today, a day where we are reminded off the very high rate of suicide and mental health problems in Australia. We even have a very high rate of youth suicide that is very disturbing.

Of suicides in Australia 75% are committed by men who in our macho society still find it hard to seek help and that needs to change, as there is no shame in admitting that one is battling the black dog.

When someone tells you they are not o.k don’t say that there are many people worse off, because it is totally irrelevant for those who are in the deepest, darkest and loneliest space in the universe in the jaws of the black dog.

Depression and anxiety is not some selfish self-indulgence and feeling sorry for oneself, so being told to stop whingeing because other people are worse off is like being told that one is a loser who should stop the poor me attitude.

Depression is a very frightening emotion where one sees no future and no way out of that huge black hole, and one believes that no one can help because no one understands. It is a deeply lonely battle where one feels absolutely abandoned by the world and all one wants is peace and to not wake up the next morning.

Committing suicide is not a selfish and coward act but one of utter desperation because one sees no other way out. It is the most awful soul-destroying feeling of aloneness that is impossible for me to put in words. It makes me shudder to even think off it.

The black dog keeps coming back in the most unexpected moments and when one believes one has won the fight. That awful pressure of anxiety in one’s chest is only made a little more bearable by hoping that it might be the start of a heart attack and that life will soon end, so that one hopefully does not have to commit suicide.

It is easy to smile and show a stiffer upper lip and to answer I am okay when people ask, but deep inside one knows one is just a little bit okay for a short while, maybe a whole day, but many evenings we go to bed and ask the universe to not let us wake up tomorrow because we are so exhausted fighting depression.

So thank you, I am okay today and will have great fun talking to many international visitors at the Roundhouse, and I sincerely wish and hope that YOU are okay as well!

Roel Loopers

 

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BLUEBIRD FIGHTING BLACK DOG

Posted in fremantle, health, mental health, suicide, western australia by freoview on August 26, 2016

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Anxiety Disorders Australia  donated $5,000 of their remaining funds to Bluebird Mental Health at Ferns House in Fremantle’s High Street today.

Previously known as GenWHY?, Bluebird is an up and coming mental health charity with a big vision:  To be Australia’s leading provider of psychologist led, peer supported services championing adult mental health and wellbeing.

Bluebird has achieved a great deal with very little funding, and has been able to provide support groups to over 390 individuals in 2015 from CBD locations in both Fremantle and Perth.

Founded in 2009 Bluebird is the only organisation in WA dedicated to offering support groups facilitated by registered psychologists for over 25’s. In addition, Bluebird offers this services for free to all members, relying solely on private and grant based funding.

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for all Australians between 15 and 44 years of age. Bluebird’s integrated program of support builds confidence and skills of members allowing them to manage their own anxiety and/or depression, reaching people in need before they become another statistic!

 

 

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FREE MEDITATION AT SPANDA SCHOOL AT THE FIB.

Posted in fremantle, health, mental health, western australia by freoview on June 8, 2016

The SPANDA SCHOOL at the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street is offering Free Meditation Sessions on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8am || Wednesday at 9am || Tuesday at 630pm

These sessions average around 50 minutes and can include, breath, poetry, awareness exercises or non-dual inspiration to gentle guide practitioners into a 30-50 minute meditation practice.

Recommended for people who have practiced before as an ability in order to physically sit in meditation for that length of time (adjustments are absolutely allowed). This sessions are held by Ava, Michael or Lani.

In just 4 months Spanda have seen their workshops, retreats and events sell out, and tripled their offerings.

They are now holding art therapy and mindfulness workshops, mindfulness courses, meditation, 5 styles of yoga, special ceremonies and much more.

Check out the Spanda School website for more information or just pop in and say hello and enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea and a meal at the Blinco Street Cafe in the building.

Roel Loopers

CREATIVE IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

Posted in art, fremantle, health, mental health, western australia by freoview on May 25, 2016

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There is an interesting creative event on at Fremantle B Shed on Victoria Quay this Saturday May 28. SPECTRUM is a single day design event by Osnat Harlap of Urbanframeworks.

It uses the positive effects of mental and physical renewal as its theme, and invites you to explore the impact of creativity on mental space.

The program complements the http://www.meetingforminds.com forum.

On show and opening on Friday are new works by well-known Freo artist Eveline Kotai.

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MENTAL HEALTH FESTIVAL AT KINGS SQUARE

Posted in fremantle, health, mental health by freoview on March 18, 2016

Music to Open Your Mind. Mental Health Week

The Music To Open Your Mind mental health awareness event is on again at Fremantle Kings Square this Sunday from 12 noon and worth visiting. There are a lot of stalls with information about mental health, but there is also a lot of entertainment and fun.

The Elektric Co Tria, Ella E, Wasamba, Mambo Chic and the St Patrick’s Starliaght Choir will be performing, there is a climbing wall, children’s activities and food stalls, so go and have a look.

Roel Loopers

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