"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya discusses the vital importance of community engagement and collaboration in addressing and overcoming the challenges of gender-based violence, as highlighted in our podcast episode 7 featuring Jo Leverett from the Zonta Club of Bundaberg.
By Tanya O'Shea, Managing Director, IMPACT Community Services
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, spanning from November 25 to December 10, brings global attention to an issue that’s often concealed in the shadows until it's tragically too late—gender-based violence.
Statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on gender-based violence in Australia are alarming to say the least:
IMPACT Community Services is passionate about this movement, which aims to do more than just raise awareness about gender-based violence; it seeks to create a lasting and positive change that echoes throughout societies.
In our most recent STRONGER TOGETHER Podcast (Episode 7), I sat down with Jo Leverett, Zonta Club of Bundaberg board member and Zonta Advocacy Committee chair, to discuss the importance of community engagement and collaboration in preventing and eliminating gender-based violence.
Our conversation shone light on the indomitable spirit of those who have turned personal tragedy into powerful advocacy. The heart-wrenching stories of Hannah Clarke and Allison Baden-Clay, as shared by their families, emphasise the pressing need for societal change, inspiring legislative reforms such as the landmark legislation on coercive control in Queensland.
Over the 16 Days of Activism, the Zonta Club of Bundaberg’s projects, such as ringing bells to honour the victims of gender-based violence or lighting up fig trees in orange, are powerful expressions of support and memory.
Yet, our responsibilities extend beyond symbolic gestures. We must continually challenge ourselves and our community to recognise and address all forms of violence, broadening our understanding and language to encompass the diverse experiences of individuals facing violence and oppression.
As we approach the Day of Community on December 8, we extend an invitation for everyone to gather in Buss Park. Wear orange, symbolising a brighter future, and make the pledge to a future free from all forms of violence.
Our strength lies in unity; together, we can be the change. Remember, if the discussions in this column resonate with you, support is available. Contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or visit impact.org.au for additional resources.
In our latest podcast episode, we are thrilled to bring you an exclusive conversation with an extraordinary athlete, 5 time Olympian Nat Cook. Known for her remarkable journey in the world of sports, Nat shares invaluable insights that transcend the boundaries of the volleyball court, offering lessons in resilience, determination, and the power of a winning mindset.
Nat Cook's story is not just about athletic prowess; it’s a narrative of relentless perseverance. From her early days watching the Commonwealth Games to conquering the sands of beach volleyball arenas, Nat’s journey is a compelling testament to what the human spirit can achieve. In this episode, she opens up about her inspirations, challenges, and the moments that shaped her into a gold medallist.
For Nat, resilience is not just a concept; it's a lived experience. She delves into how resilience powered her through rigorous training, competitive pressures, and the highs and lows of an elite sporting career. Her stories provide a blueprint for anyone looking to foster resilience in their own lives, whether in sports, business, or personal challenges.
What does it take to think like a champion? Nat Cook breaks down the 'Olympic mindset' — a unique blend of focus, discipline, and positivity that can be applied far beyond the Olympics. She shares strategies for maintaining this mindset, overcoming setbacks, and setting the stage for success in any endeavour.
Building Bridges with Community and Legacy Nat’s commitment to her sport extends beyond her personal achievements. She discusses her initiatives like Athletes Australia view at Green and Gold Athletes, aimed at supporting young athletes facing barriers. This part of the conversation highlights the importance of giving back, mentorship, and creating pathways for the next generation of champions.
Inspirational Takeaways for Everyday Champions Whether you’re an aspiring athlete, a professional facing career hurdles, or simply someone looking for a dose of motivation, this podcast episode with Nat Cook is a treasure trove of wisdom. Her story is a reminder that with the right mindset, resilience, and support, achieving your dreams is within reach.
As Nat puts it, the journey to gold is about much more than medals; it's about the lessons learned, the lives touched, and the legacy left behind. Tune in to our latest episode and let yourself be inspired by one of the most resilient champions of our time.
In this enlightening Stronger Together episode, we tackle the often overlooked topic of men's mental health with our esteemed guest, Aaron Schultz, founder of the Outback Mind Foundation. Aaron's insights shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by men in today's fast-paced society, particularly those grappling with the unpredictability of shift work and other modern-day pressures.
Drawing from his extensive experience and personal journey, Aaron underscores the significance of aligning with the Earth's natural circadian rhythms. He believes that by attuning ourselves to these inherent patterns, men can find a more harmonious mental space, even amidst the complexities of contemporary life.
We further discuss a myriad of actionable strategies for maintaining balance and mental wellness. From the grounding effects of nature and the calming benefits of stretching, Aaron offers practical techniques to help men release tension and achieve inner tranquillity. The conversation also touches on the vital role employers and communities play in creating supportive environments for men's mental wellbeing.
Emphasising the importance of community-wide efforts, Aaron passionately advocates for a collective approach in addressing and de-stigmatising men's mental health issues. This episode serves as a poignant reminder of our shared responsibility to uplift and support men in their journey towards mental harmony.
Welcome to "Stronger Together", a transformative podcast experience that delves deep into the fabric of community wellbeing and individual resilience. Hosted by Tanya O'Shea, Managing Director of IMPACT with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and Kate Rumballe, IMPACT's Communications Officer with over two decades of experience as a journalist and communications professional.
This series is a lifeline for those in need.
In this gripping episode, we tackle the often taboo and deeply unsettling topic of Domestic and Family Violence. We're joined by Emily, a courageous survivor willing to share her harrowing journey from the clutches of abuse to the path of recovery. Her story is a stark reminder that domestic violence doesn't discriminate; it could be happening right next door.
Emily's narrative begins seven years ago when she met a man who seemed like the epitome of charm and kindness. However, the facade soon crumbled, revealing a cycle of coercive control and escalating violence that culminated in life-threatening situations. Emily's story is not just a tale of survival but also a call to action. With alarming statistics indicating that last year alone, 57 women lost their lives to domestic violence, and this year, the count has already reached 35, the episode underscores the urgent need for community intervention and systemic change.
But what about the bystanders? This episode also addresses the crucial role that friends, family, and even strangers can play in breaking the cycle of abuse. Domestic violence is not just a private issue; it's a community crisis that requires collective action. Bystanders have the power to intervene, offer support, and even save lives. Whether it's noticing the signs, offering a listening ear, or taking steps to ensure someone's safety, your actions could make a world of difference.
This episode is an eye-opener. We discuss the grim statistics, the laws around coercive control, and the steps that each one of us can take to make a difference. We also provide resources for immediate support, making it a comprehensive guide for anyone affected by or working in the field of domestic violence.
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In an era overshadowed by mental health challenges, this month's "Stronger Together" podcast by IMPACT Community Services is a call to action.
Host Tanya O'Shea challenges organisations, mental health experts, and community leaders. It's not just about recognising mental health issues; it's about taking action against the growing crisis.
We're joined by Jannene Thorn, Manager for Mental Health at IMPACT. Together, they highlight the crucial role of Peer Support Workers. These individuals, shaped by their personal journeys and compassion, bridge the gap between those facing challenges and the support they need.
Why is peer support so vital? And how can organisations leverage it for real change? We address these questions, emphasising the need for systemic shifts and shared responsibility. Are you struggling with your mental health or stuck on a waiting list? This episode will give you insight into navigating the mental health system, and how you can access support while you wait.
It's not just about recognising the mental health challenges; it's about taking proactive steps to address the escalating mental health crisis.
This month, we address the current challenges that many people are facing, such as the rising cost of living. Sandy shares practical strategies and tips on managing finances and improving financial fitness.
We also discuss the importance of open conversations about money and seeking support from financial counselors.
Sandy provides insights on how to make small changes that can lead to big impacts over time, and shares ideas on finding joy and creativity within a limited budget. We also explore strategies for tackling debt and making proactive choices to improve one's situation.
Additionally, we touch on the topic of homelessness and discuss practical strategies for individuals and families in these circumstances, such as obtaining quality tents and accessing gym facilities for showers and other amenities.
Join us as we delve into these important topics and provide valuable resources and ideas to help individuals and families navigate through challenging financial situations. Remember, we're all in this together, and together we can become stronger.
In this captivating podcast, join our hosts Tanya and Kate as they delve into the complex and timely topic of mental wellbeing. Coming out of the challenging times of COVID and facing various crises, many individuals are struggling with their mental health. However, mental wellbeing is not always easily understood or visible. Through insightful conversations, Tanya and Kate explore what mental wellbeing truly means and how it can be nurtured.
Drawing from their experiences at Impact, they discuss the use of simple scales, such as the flourishing scale, to understand and articulate mental wellbeing. They shed light on the importance of connections and purposeful living, emphasising the impact of social relationships, personal competence, and optimism for the future.
The hosts also examine the role of technology in mental wellbeing, acknowledging its potential to both hinder and support flourishing. They explore the detrimental effects of doomscrolling and offer practical strategies to regain control, such as disrupting patterns and engaging in digital detox. Small changes can make a significant difference in breaking free from negative loops and reclaiming agency over our lives.
With the aim of helping listeners move towards a state of flourishing, Kate and Tanya delve into the concept itself. They delve into the research that shows only a small percentage of individuals are flourishing, while a larger portion languish. The hosts passionately discuss practical steps that can be taken daily to enhance mental wellbeing and step into a flourishing state.
Join Kate and Tanya on this transformative podcast journey as they empower listeners to understand their mental wellbeing, disrupt harmful patterns, and navigate the path towards flourishing. Take control and prioritise your mental health to live your best life. Thank you for listening to this episode of "Stronger Together" We hope you enjoyed the conversation and gained valuable insights.
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