Free plan to help people and communities Be Well

31 Mar 2020
Free plan to help people and communities Be Well

SAHMRI and Flinders University are responding to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis by making The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre’s renowned mental health training available online and free of charge. 

The Centre’s Research Lead Joep Van Agteren says the Be Well Plan is part of his team’s commitment to play its part helping individuals and communities safely navigate this most challenging of circumstances. 

“People around Australia and even beyond that need it now more than ever,” Mr Van Agteren says. 

“We want to minimise the mental health fallout of this thing and help people realise they can maintain wellbeing and a positive outlook in even the most seemingly bleak of situations. 

“We all live different lives and what works for some does not work for others. This training lets you explore what makes you tick and uses this info to help you craft your own wellbeing plan, for the good and the bad times.” 

The unique, evidence-based program, which is usually presented face-to-face at a cost of around $320 per person, will be available online at as five video sessions. 

“It’s ok to feel worried or anxious, in fact it’s normal,” Mr Van Agteren says. 

“When that starts to negatively affect your behaviour and motivation it becomes a problem so we have a range of tried and tested skills you can do to give yourself a boost.” 

While the initial offering is free, donations are welcome, as this allows the team to provide more interactive, facilitated sessions and continue their research in this vital area. 

“No donation is too small and every dollar we receive will directly fund our research to improve the wellbeing of people, communities and societies as a whole,” Mr Van Agteren says. 

The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre is a self-funded social enterprise based within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. This initiative is made possible through partnership with Flinders University’s Órama Institute for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Neuroscience