1 in 3 Australians face mental illness in their life and the stigma around mental health prevents important conversations to make a change. Our goal is to represent the importance of self-love, individuality and mental health awareness.

  1. Value yourself

Celebrate your unique abilities and strengths. Treat yourself with respect and kindness, and refrain from self-commentary. Make time for your hobbies and passions, or expand your horizons. Do activities that make you happy.

  1. Take care of your body

Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:

  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Avoid smoking and vaping
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods
  • Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression.
  1. Surround yourself with good people

Individuals who have strong family or social bonds are typically healthier than those who don’t. Make arrangements with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities that allow you to meet new people, such as a club, class, or support group.

  1. Give yourself

Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people. You can also support charities that champion causes that are important to you.

  1. Learn how to deal with stress

Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: meditation, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

  1. Quiet your mind

Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

  1. Accept who you are

We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.

  1. Break up the monotony

Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.

  1. Avoid alcohol and other drugs

Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to “self-medicate” but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems. 

  1. Get help when you need it

Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and lead full, rewarding lives.

 

In support of mental health and wellness, Far From FKN Normal proudly donates 10% of profits to Lifeline 24/7 Crisis Support! Call 13 11 14 for support.

 

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Every purchase made goes back into raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. By rocking Far From FKN Normal gear, you are opening the conversation to spark a change in people’s lives. We aim to dispel societal expectations and to encourage people to be proud of who they are. 

START TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH WITH OTHER PEOPLE

Have you ever considered discussing mental health with your family and friends? Generally, we don’t chat about mental wellness because we are afraid there will be some kind of repercussions. It is time to change this habit and start encouraging each other to prioritize a healthy mind.

CREATE SOLIDARITY

When we share our mental health status with friends, family members, or colleagues, we show that we are human. We realize that we aren’t alone, so it creates a sense of community and support.

STOP THE STIGMA

There is this idea that a person who has difficulties with their mental health is weak or has something wrong with them. These individuals get put into a category that demoralizes them. Yet their experiences are legitimate and shouldn’t be frowned upon.

It is crucial that we initiate and welcome discussions about mental health because it takes away the stigma. It allows mental health conversation to be a normal occurrence.

ENCOURAGE HEALTHY BEHAVIOR

As soon as we bring mental health to the forefront, we open ourselves to the possibility of getting help and supporting each other. This encourages healthy behavior instead of falling back on unhealthy coping mechanisms.

CREATING IMPACTFUL CONVERSATIONS

Far From FKN Normal’s goal is to spark interest and conversation – allowing people to express their individuality in a non-judgemental and unobtrusive way.

The more we talk about mental health, the more support we can give each other. Chat to your friends and family about mental health today or simply lessen the stigma by doing small things, like sharing this article.

 

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It’s Mental Health Awareness month – this year it’s more important than ever to break the taboo and stigma and talk about these issues. With the lockdowns, it’s been pretty hard for Australians struggling with anxiety, depression, suicide ideations.

1 in 3 Australians face mental illness in their life and the stigma around mental health prevents important conversations to make a change. Our goal is to represent the importance of self-love, individuality and mental health awareness.

We all have a role to play.

Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to have conversations with your friends, family and community about mental health and wellbeing.

HOW TO BE A MENTAL HEALTH ALLY

Everyone tells you to reach out if you’re feeling mental distress, but sometimes reaching out is really hard. Stigma, shame, and prejudice all contribute to people feeling unable to reach out when they’re going through tough times. 

BUT YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THIS!  YOU’RE AN ALLY! 

As a Mental Health Ally you can shift the world to be safer and more supportive for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health. 

Demonstrate Your Support

  • Speak up – Boost a person’s voice if they are speaking from experience or speak up when there are no people with that experience or if the person isn’t able to self-advocate (especially if they’re experiencing distress). Or simply wearing a conversation-starting shirt would possibly be a catalyst to that all important conversation about mental health.
  • Safe – Allies can also demonstrate safety by being gentle and humane in the way they interact with people, and normalise talking about feelings. The more that everyone communicates about their feelings, the safer it is to disclose when those feelings become overwhelming. 
  • Donate – You can show your support and help those in need by donating to causes that champion mental health awareness. We at Far From FKN Normal proudly donate 10% of profits to mental health charities like Beyond Blue and Life Line 24/7 Crisis Support.

This World Mental Health Month, Far From FKN Normal proudly partners with Lifeline 24/7 Crisis Support in their mission in empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through advocacy, education and providing important opportunities for connection.

Let’s start a conversation and fight mental health stigma!

 

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Its a great thrill for the team at FFFN to be supporting Lifeline.  As our brand recognition increases and our clothing sales grow, so will our donations to this wonderful organisation. Lifeline provide fantastic support and advice for the huge amount of people that suffer from anxiety and depression. FFFN are committed to donating 10% of profits from clothing sales to Lifeline to help them continue to deliver such an important service to the community.