The Barwon Health Foundation is launching a new social media campaign to highlight the mental health issues many people are facing during the pandemic.
The Shaka Up for Mental Health campaign is encouraging people in our community to check-in with mates and help raise much-needed funds for vital mental health initiatives at Barwon Health.
On average, around 1300 men require treatment for mental illness yearly at Barwon Health and there is evidence that COVID-19 has increased the number of people seeking support.
The stress of financial burden, potential job loss, and feelings of isolation will potentially have a significant effect on the mental health of many people in our region.
From 4 September, the campaign will run with an opportunity to help raise much-needed funds for vital mental health initiatives at Barwon Health.
Taking part is simple:
STEP 1: Make a $5 shaka donation to the Barwon Health Foundation
STEP 2: Take a video of yourself sending a virtual ‘shaka’ to a mate to let them know you are thinking of them, tag your mate and #shakaupformenshealth
STEP 3: Buy some merchandise online to further support Barwon Health
STEP 4: and most importantly keep sending ‘shakas’ to your mates during this pandemic – reaching out has the potential to save a life.
The $5 donation symbolises the 1 in 5 Australians aged 16 to 85 who experience a mental illness each year.
Donate to the #shakaupformentalhealth today at https://shakaupformentalhealth.com.au/ and send a video to a mate on social media.