Elwood team flies mental wellbeing flag

Chinmay Naik

A group of Elwood personal trainers have made it their mission to wipe out depression and anxiety from the local community through physical health.

Throughout November, Team Elwood will be holding a series of exercise classes, seminars to help people learn about nutrition, exercise, mental health.

The money collected through donations will be given to Beyond Blue, an NGO working in mental health since year 2000.

“Being in health and fitness, we understand the positive impact that regular exercise and healthy nutrition can have on reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety, which is why we decided to create ‘Mental Health Month’,” said Betsy Kirk, the founder of the club.

While rehashing their company mission ‘to provide our people with the confidence and support to play big’, the founders came up with the idea of showing support to the wider community and extend their reach beyond their realms.

Ms Kirk believes that our mental health strongly influences your physical health and vice versa.

“This link is created in many ways, with one of the strongest contributors being the action of hormones and neurotransmitters: chemicals released by our body which determine how we think and feel,” she said.

“When we move our bodies during physical activity, we release certain hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and testosterone which create feelings such as happiness, contentment, motivation and drive, thus improving overall feelings of mental wellbeing.”

Having designated days or weeks to mark mental health aims to reduce stigma about it. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marielecoq/
Having designated days or weeks to mark mental health aims to reduce stigma about it. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marielecoq/

Australia celebrated World Mental Health day on 10th of October.

Nearly half of all Australians (45%) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime.

In 2016, Mental Health Week will run from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th October.

It aims to educate and engage Victorians about mental health.

From its beginnings in 1985, the week has grown to encompass hundreds of events, organised by a multitude of individuals, community groups and service providers throughout the state.