An important message from Mental Awareness Foundation on 2020 Walk for Awareness and impact of COVID-19
The Prime Minister of Australia and all state premiers and chief ministers recommended that from Monday, 16 March 2020, all non-essential events in Australia over 500 or more should not go ahead.
The Prime Minister further advised this measure is applied as an Australia wide measure to manage and contain the spread of COVID-19 and should the need arise, measures will be further scaled up to address future challenges.
The 2020 Walk for Awareness is still scheduled for 7 months away on Sunday, 11 October 2020. The Walk for Awareness team will take a timely approach in assessing the impacts of this recommendation while carefully monitoring this evolving situation, before making changes to the status of this year’s event.
The mental health and wellbeing of our event participants and supporters are of utmost importance. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this challenging time.
It’s easy to get worried and anxious during uncertain times such as these and we suggest to consult medical professionals for any health concerns. We encourage you to stay in-check of your mental health during this difficult time with this mental awareness checklist:
- Take time to reflect on the things that bring you joy in life, smile.
- Think of others, give those people you love a call for a catch-up.
- Get active and outside by yourself or with your pets. Take a walk around the park or Brisbane River.
- Stay motivated and find workouts that challenge your mental and physical strength, whether it’s on a spin bike, yoga mat or simple stretching techniques that you can do inside and keep happy endorphins flowing.
- Be mindful. Positive affirmations are mind tools – read those statements that help you to challenge and overcome negative thoughts. When you repeat them often and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.
- General hygiene – wash your hands regularly.
Chief Executive Officer
Mental Awareness Foundation
On behalf of the Walk for Awareness