We all know the physical benefits of being active, but do you know exercise is good for our mental health too?
In the Active Lives survey (2019) conducted by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR), the results found that South Australians who were active for at least 150 minutes per week, were almost twice as likely to experience good mental health and half as likely to experience poor mental health compared to South Australians who were inactive.
Good mental health doesn’t just mean you don’t have a mental illness. It means you are in a state of wellbeing where you feel good and function well in the world. According to the World Health Organization, good mental health is when you can:
- cope with the normal stresses of life
- work productively
- realise your potential
- contribute to the community
ORSR is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our people and the sport and recreation community. After a challenging year it is important to check in on your mental wellbeing to make sure you can successfully navigate life’s demands and continue to build your resilience and support your mental health.
It is for this reason that we are promoting some important initiatives for Mental Health week (10 - 17 October 2020).
Billion Steps Challenge
Wellbeing SA's Billion Steps Challenge encourages all South Australians to sign up to the Challenge and log their steps (or other forms of physical activity) and automatically add them to South Australia’s total.
It's simple, easy and FREE to get involved. Best of all it brings the whole community together working towards a common goal.
We know that every step counts and the more we move, the more health and wellbeing benefits we reap - it's Game On SA!
Be Well Tracker
The SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre are offering their online mental health survey tool to individuals. The Be Well Tracker contributes to advancing important mental health research here in South Australia.
By taking part in the survey, you can learn more about how to support your own mental health and wellbeing and that of those around you.
What is in it for you?
The Be Well Tracker provides you with the opportunity to confidentially learn about your personal levels of wellbeing, resilience, mood, stress and anxiety symptoms as well as perception of physical health. You will receive a free in-depth report upon completion of the assessment pointing you to areas you are doing well in, areas you can improve on, and areas you should consider to action. The tool also gives you access to a library of resources designed to support your journey toward improved wellbeing.
Learn about the Be Well Tracker HERE
How can you be involved?
Register for the confidential Be Well Tracker at www.bewelltracker.com
All individuals who register will be sent an email invitation from October 9 containing a unique individual link to the Be Well Tracker. Please do not forward your individual link to another individual. You can open the link using Firefox, Chrome or Edge. Once on the site you will need to Create an Account as a new user using an email address and password of your choice, then you will be able to the complete the survey.
Who will have access to my personal information?
No one will receive information about any individual who has completed the survey.
De-identified data will be used to support mental health research in South Australia. The Be Well Tracker measurement platform adheres to stringent global security policies under EU’s GDPR guidelines for data protection and privacy. See the Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
Where can I access further information?
If you experience issues accessing the survey, please contact the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre team at: email@example.com