Mental Health Week at Yarra Libraries
Friday 18 September 2020
Mental Health Week
Yarra Libraries is recognizing World Mental Health Day on 10 October with a dedicated week of programming and reminders to look after your mental health. Read on to discover the upcoming programs and links to library resources that can help clear, sharpen and relax your mind.
🧘Meditation for Mental Health with Rachel Hanharan
Brought to you by Rachel Hanharan, Beyond Blue, Yarra Libraries and The Ewing Trust
Tuesday 6 October • 6.30pm-7.30pm
Local Yarra yogini, meditation instructor and mystic Rachel Hanrahan presents this guided meditation for all ages. Experience an embodied practice to access joy and happiness. As well as assisting with stress-reduction and healing, meditation can help you unlock the stillness and happiness within us all.
✏️Journaling 101: a three-part video series
Now available to watch on Vimeo
Learn how to journal with Yarra Libraries staff Todd, Nic and Lochie as they share some simple techniques that will help you go from an empty book to a full journal, one entry at a time. From dream journaling, to free-writing and stream of consciousness, the mindful practice of recording your thoughts and feelings on paper can do wonders for your mental health.
🎧Podcast: Volunteer for your Health
Expected 5 October on Soundcloud
Brought to you by Volunteering Victoria, Yarra Libraries and The Ewing Trust
Studies have also shown that volunteering helps people feel more socially connected and provides a sense of purpose, pride and accomplishment – all great protective factors for your mental health. On this podcast, Sara Sterling (Sector Development Manager, Volunteering Victoria), Rosie Kelly (Manager of Volunteer Programs, FareShare) and Dylan Oosterweghel (Volunteer Mentor for the City of Yarra L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program) discuss volunteering opportunities and the impact it has on their wellbeing.
🧵Slow Stitch for Mindfulness
Expected 9 October on Vimeo
Brought to you by Yarra Libraries and The Ewing Trust
In this inspiring how-to video tutorial, we’ll join textile/fibre artist, Bras Tree, and our Community Programs Officer, Nic, as they demonstrate how slow stitching can be a low stakes creative support for your wellbeing.
🎧Podcast: A beginners guide to nature and forest therapy
Expected 5 October on Soundcloud
Brought to you by In My Nature, Victorian Aboriginal Health, Yarra Libraries and The Ewing Trust
Based on the Japanese well-being practice of "Shinrin Yoku" or "bathing" in the atmosphere of the forest, this podcast offers the listener permission to slow down and immerse in nature though all the senses. This practice now recognised as "Forest Therapy," is well researched with proven health benefits that include lowered cortisol levels, strengthened immune system, stabilized blood pressure, reduced stress and improved sleep. This podcast will guide you into a deep and sensory connection to your surroundings which will help you to feel more relaxed, happier, confident, focused and even more creative.
Library Resources for mindfulness and positive mental health
- Supporting Your Mental Health While Working from Home (Linkedin Learning)
Working from home is a new phenomenon for many professionals. Different worlds—work, school, and parenting—are suddenly colliding. People are discovering how much their environment impacts their productivity and wellbeing, and how difficult it can be to focus when there are so many demands on their time. In this course, neuroscience expert and author Amy Brann helps you adjust to this new normal by training your brain to overcome disruptions and distractions, accept and get real about your emotions, reframe your expectations, and preserve your relationships. Using the latest insights from neuroscience, Amy shares nontechnical, practical guidance for not just surviving, but thriving as you work from home.
Mindful Meditations for Work and Life (Linkedin Learning)
You can be successful at work while maintaining a calm, Zen-like approach to your daily decisions and routines. Meditation and mental exercises like visualization can help you manage stress and create the life you want. This audio course led by Scott Shute, head of the Mindfulness and Compassion program at LinkedIn, offers a practical and easy approach to meditation, including simple, short exercises that you can build into a regular practice—even in the minutes before a meeting. Learn the science underlying the brain-body connection and how adapting your posture and changing your position can help you relax. Explore different kinds of breathing exercises, and discover visualization and loving-kindness techniques to open your mind and your heart. Scott closes with some advice for making your practice stick and integrate meditation into a busy schedule.
- Forest Therapy for the Forestless - a Sit Spot mindfulness exercise (a Yarra Libraries podcast)
In this episode of the Yarra Libraries Podcast we’re continuing (with the help of some experts) to bring nature to you – perfect for when your ability to visit it is a little more restricted than usual.
- Wellbeing (digital magazine downloads)
WellBeing is the World’s leading journal of natural health and living. A refreshingly intelligent reading experience, WellBeing offers inspiration for a way of life that is authentic and soulful. Reportage reviews the latest developments (or revived ancient practices) in natural living, and in-depth articles both challenge and inspire pragmatic action in the real-world balance of work, life, family and community. WellBeing reaches an increasingly sophisticated audience of citizens of the global village.
Yoga Journal is for both the beginning and advanced practitioner, and the casual and committed reader.