For the three ladies of Tie Up the Black Dog Committee, life has been turned on its head in the past 24 hours! We’re in our mid-60’s and our experience with social media is reasonably limited, less so with crowd funding sites.
But what a joyous result–Edwina, whom I’ve never met, has obviously exercised her enormous passion in SUCH a positive way. And who would ever have dreamt of the tidal wave of support for the work we do???
We thank her for thinking of others, and for being prepared to provide us with the wherewithal to take some positive messages of hope to people in the outback, who are doing it SO tough–we went to Longreach/Winton last winter (2014) with two events and things were SO desolate then….nothing’s changed. We pray that the people of every drought-affected district will stay strong…stick together and support each other.
We sincerely thank each of you who has contributed via the Ozcrowd Tie Up the Black Dog site…….we will honour your donation with some hard work and some good results.
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Keen audiences of parents, counsellors and teachers attended forums presented by TIE UP THE BLACK DOG COMMITTEE and the Darling Downs Secondary Schools’ Principals’ Association in Toowoomba and Goondiwindi last month.
Speakers Drs Paula Barrett, Kris Ojala and Sacha Rombouts gave the audiences a good insight into the issues surrounding mental health in teenagers. They spoke about anxiety/depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder, but they also gave an insight into the importance of prevention and the development of resilience and coping mechanisms as well as treatment of a diagnosed disorder.
Paula, Kris and Sacha work at the Pathways Health and Research Centre at Woolongabba which has developed world-renowned resilience and prevention programs used in schools from primary through high school levels.
TIE UP THE BLACK DOG COMMITTEE thank all those involved in helping us get this event “to air” in both communities. The feedback we have had has been so positive. We hope to be able to bring speakers from Pathways back into these communities in 2013. They are very willing and we will be able!!
For further information about Pathways programs please go to www.pathwayshrc.com.au
Welcome to Tie Up The Black Dog. Here you will find interesting, helpful and good clinical information about depression and mental illness. We have workshops and seminars and we always provide a personal story from someone who has recovered from a mental illness. The combination of valid information and the human side has been a winning combination.