Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 years ago
10 top tips for good mental health – World Mental Health Day – October 10th.

1. Get plenty of sleep: Sleep is really important for both our physical and mental health if helps to regulate the chemicals in our brain that transmit information and are important to
These chemicals are important in managing our moods and emotions. If we don't get enough sleep, we can start to feel depressed or anxious. If you regularly experience problems sleeping talk to your doctor.

2. Eat well: Eating well isn't just important for our bodies, but it's also important for our minds. Certain mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies, can give us a low mood. Aim for a healthy well-balanced diet and limit sugar and processed foods where you can. If you are stressed or anxious try to limit caffeine as this can increase anxiety.

3. Keep alcohol to a minimum: Regular alcohol use can change the balance of chemicals that help your brain to think, feel, create and make decisions. Minimising alcohol use will have positive effects on your mental and physical wellbeing. If you do regularly consume alcohol and are having trouble cutting down talk to your doctor for advice.

4. Get plenty of sunlight: Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D which is really important vitamin for our bodies and our brains. Sunlight helps our brains to release chemicals which improve our mood, like endorphins and serotonin. Try to get some sun when you can, but make sure you keep your skin and eyes protected.

5. Manage stress: Stress is often unavoidable but knowing what triggers your stress and knowing how to cope is important for your mental health. Try to tackle problems face on and if you are having trouble sleeping or constantly worrying about what you have on write them down and tackle what you can head on.

6. Get moving: Activity and exercise are essential in maintaining good mental health. Being active not only gives you a sense of achievement, but it boosts the chemicals in your brain that help put you in a good mood. Exercising can help eliminate low mood, anxiety, stress and feeling tired and lazy and can also lead to living a longer life. Even a short walk can have benefits for your mental health.

7. Spend time doing something you enjoy: Try to make time for yourself like going for a walk, painting watching a TV show you like to make you happy. You deserve it. Not setting time aside for things you enjoy can lead to irritability and being unhappy.

8. Connect with others: Make an effort to maintain good relationships and talk to people whenever you get the chance. Having friends is important not just for your self-esteem, but also for providing support when you're not feeling too great.

9. Do something nice for someone else: Helping others isn't just good for the people you're helping; it's good for you too and can help your self-esteem and make you feel good about your place in the world. Not sure what to do? Try donating blood or volunteering with a local charity or simply cleaning up the rubbish on your way home from work.

10. Ask for help: One of the most important ways to keep yourself mentally healthy is to recognise when you're not feeling good and ask for help when you need it. Speak out, reach out to your friends and family or your doctor for support.

Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 years ago
World Mental Health Day, October 10th, 2020 “Move for Mental Health let’s invest”.

Life and it’s challenges starts to change as you grow. There are new pressures both environmental and social, study pressures increase, work pressures change how you view life and for some people it can become all a little bit overwhelming. At the Sir Brian Bell Foundation, we are focused on helping to improve life through the programs we start and support covering Health and Education.

“Life is constantly changing for both positive and sometimes negative reasons. We all deal with life in different ways, we all have different coping mechanisms and we all have different support networks,” commented Sir Brian Bell Foundation CEO, Ms. Bronwyn Wright. “Mental Health plays a significant part of our lives whether we know it or not. Mental health is all about how you are feeling internally. At some point in our lives we have put on a brave face and head out into life, even when the day is looking bleak. However, there are some people that each and every day is a challenge. Life just doesn’t seem to get better.”

“We need to all take a step back and look out for our friends and family. We need to pay a little bit closer attention and check in for time to time. Mental Health is all about recognising the little changes in people and acknowledging they might need a simple conversation and listen to what is going on in their life.” “This simple gesture and recognition can change a person’s outlook for the day, or the next month. Just to know there is someone caring and looking out for them. Just listening can change their mental health position instantly.” “On October 10th this year, be part of World Mental Health Day - Move for mental health: let’s invest. Be invested in your personal network, check-in with them and offer the simple question, how are you doing? It might just be the thing to change their negative outlook for the day into the positive light they need,” commented Sir Brian Bell Foundation CEO, Ms. Bronwyn Wright.

World Health Organization:
This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges: for health-care workers, providing care in difficult circumstances, going to work fearful of bringing COVID-19 home with them; for students, adapting to taking classes from home, with little contact with teachers and friends, and anxious about their futures; for workers whose livelihoods are threatened; for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings with extremely limited protection from COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before. And this is to say nothing of managing the grief of losing a loved one, sometimes without being able to say goodbye. The economic consequences of the pandemic are already being felt, as companies let staff go in an effort to save their businesses, or indeed shut down completely. Given past experience of emergencies, it is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. Investment in mental health programmes at the national and international levels, which have already suffered from years of chronic underfunding, is now more important than it has ever been. This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.

Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. And now, billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a further impact on people’s mental health. Yet, relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services. In low- and middle-income countries, more than 75% of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders receive no treatment for their condition at all. Furthermore, stigma, discrimination, punitive legislation and human rights abuses are still widespread. The limited access to quality, affordable mental health care in the world before the pandemic, and particularly in humanitarian emergencies and conflict settings, has been further diminished due to COVID-19 as the pandemic has disrupted health services around the world. Primary causes have been infection and the risk of infection in long-stay facilities such as care homes and psychiatric institutions; barriers to meeting people face-to-face; mental health staff being infected with the virus; and the closing of mental health facilities to convert them into care facilities for people with COVID-19.

“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of mental health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We are already seeing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental well-being, and this is just the beginning. Unless we make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now, the health, social and economic consequences will be far-reaching.”

“It is nearly 30 years since the first World Mental Health Day was launched by the World Federation for Mental Health,” said Dr Ingrid Daniels, President of the World Federation for Mental Health. “During that time, we have seen an increasing openness to talk about mental health in many countries of the world. But now we must turn words into actions. We need to see concerted efforts being made to build mental health systems that are appropriate and relevant for today’s – and tomorrow’s - world.

“With so many people lacking access to good quality, appropriate mental health services, investment is needed now more than ever,” said Elisha London, Founder and CEO of United for Global Mental Health. “Everyone, everywhere can participate in this year’s campaign. Whether you have struggled with your own mental health, know someone who has been affected, are a mental health expert, or if you simply believe that investing in mental health is the right thing to do, move for mental health, and help make mental health care and support accessible for everyone.”

Key messages
- Close to one billion people have a mental disorder and anyone, anywhere, can be affected.
- Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents and adults.
- 1 in 5 children and adolescents has a mental disorder.
- People with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia tend to die 10-20 years earlier than the general population.
- Suicide is claiming the lives of close to 800 000 people every year ̶ 1 person every 40 seconds ̶- and is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years.
- Despite the universal nature and the magnitude of mental ill health, the gap between demand for mental health services and supply remains substantial.
- Relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services.
- In low- and middle-income countries, more than 75% of people with mental health conditions receive no treatment for their condition at all.
- The serious gaps that still exist in mental health care are a result of chronic under-investment over many decades in mental health promotion, prevention and care.
- Stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses of people with mental health conditions remain widespread.
- The lost productivity resulting from depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental disorders, costs the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year.
- On average, countries spend less than 2% of their national health budgets on mental health.
- Despite an increase of development assistance for mental health in recent years, it has never exceeded 1% of development assistance for health.

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Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 years ago
See you tomorrow for Kokoda in a day.

Equal Playing Field PNG will be hosting a marathon event tomorrow where both individuals and groups can pledge to run or walk a certain km. Individuals will be placed in a team where the target will be 96km the distance of the Kakoda Trek to raise funds for the respectful relationships in school programs.

Where: Sunday, October 11th, at the Murray Barracks AFL field (opposite SVS 2 mile).
Time: 6:30am – 1pm

If you want to join Equal Playing Field register at the link below and pledge to walk or run a kilometre or two.

Additionally the Sir Brian Bell Foundation will providing prizes to be handed out on the day including Brian Bell Group Homecentre Gift Vouchers 1st Prize – K1000 Gift Voucher, 2nd Prize – K500 Gift Voucher and 3rd Prize – K250 Gift Voucher.

See you there!

For more information head here:

#SafeHomes #HappyFamilies #StrongCommunities
#KiaD #KokodaInADay #EPF #SirBrianBellFoundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 years ago
Join Leon and the Brian Bell Group team in walking “Kokoda in a day” proudly supported by the Sir Brian Bell Foundation this Sunday 11th October.

The Team at Brian Bell Group were very happy to get involved and raise much needed funds for Equal Playing Field this weekend for their “respectful relationships in school” programs.

Join Equal Playing Field for Kokoda in a day!
Sunday, October 11th Murray Barracks AFL field, from 6:30am to 1pm

Join now: https://equalplayingfield.global/kokoda-in-a-day-png
For more information head here: https://www.facebook.com/equalplayingfieldorg

#SafeHomes #HappyFamilies #StrongCommunities #BrianBellGroup #KiaD #KokodaInADay #EPF #SirBrianBellFoundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 years ago
Sir Brian Bell Foundation proud to support Equal Playing Field – Kokoda in a day.

Join us for Kokoda in a day!
Sunday, October 11th
Murray Barracks AFL field, from 6:30am to 1pm

See you there!

#SafeHomes #HappyFamilies #StrongCommunities
#KiaD #KokodaInADay #EPF #SirBrianBellFoundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 years ago
On this Sunday!!!

Sir Brian Bell Foundation proud to support Equal Playing Field – Kokoda in a day.

Sunday, October 11th
Murray Barracks AFL field, from 6:30am to 1pm

#SafeHomes #HappyFamilies #StrongCommunities
#KiaD #KokodaInADay #EPF #SirBrianBellFoundation


Supporting Anglicare PNG

Sir Brian Bell Foundation CEO Bronwyn Wright talks to NBC PNG about the foundations support of K200,000 to Anglicare PNG Inc to address HIV/AIDs in Papua New Guinea.

Interview with Ian Clough on PNG Tonight

WOW, a great interview with the Executive Director, Mr. Ian Clough, Brian Bell Group of Companies and Director, Sir Brian Bell Foundation. We are sure that he’ll be autographing T-Shirts and posters in no time… this family has done so much for PNG and the legacy is continuing.

Welcoming the Swedish U20 FIFA Female World Cup Team
Chairman of Brian Bell Group and Director of SBBF, Trevan G. Clough welcoming the Swedish U20 FIFA Female World Cup Team to PNG. He offered a warm welcome to the team and wished them all the very best during the competition and for their stay while in PNG.
The Right Pitch

By Gorethy Kenneth, Post Courier 21/02/17

DRIVEN for success and looking to expand her knowledge base at Draper University, this 27-year-old lass that you will read about is reaping the benefits of following her dreams.

Roberta Morlin, 27, from Manus and Bougainville, is an exceptionally talented and driven young woman with her very own Papua New Guinea story.

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Sir Brian Bell Foundation Helps St John

The Sir Brian Bell Foundation has provided support to St John Ambulance with K100,000 funding assistance to maintain its operations while working to secure ongoing financial commitments.

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