This Mental Health Month, TAFE SA, Relationships Australia SA, and the Port Adelaide Suicide Prevention Network have come together for the Little Changes Challenge.
Little Changes Challenge is a 7-day wellbeing challenge, running from 11 to 31 October. It aims to inspire little changes in your life to improve your wellbeing.
Our 2021 Little Changes Challenge coincides with World Mental Health Day, Sunday 10 October. Many of our Ambassadors will be starting their challenge on Monday 18 October.
If you are looking for some inspiration and motivation, we have some challenge ideas below to get you started, in categories we all may struggle maintaining balance in:
I will have ___ phone-free period/s for ___ minutes per day.
I will take a tech break at meal times.
I will add a daily walk of ___ minutes.
I will park ___ extra blocks away from work/school OR get off the bus ___ stop/s before I usually do each day to walk more.
I will vigourously tackle housework (vacuum, sweep, clean the windows etc) for ___ minutes per day.
I will set an alarm every ___ minutes as a reminder to stretch and move around.
I will play and dance to my favourite song or piece of music each day.
I will get into nature each day. Pull weeds in the garden, walk around the block, go to the local park or just put my feet on the grass.
I will be in bed by or before ___ pm each night.
I will not drink caffeinated coffee or energy drinks after ___ am/pm, to aid sleep
I will drink ___ mls of water per day.
Calculate your recommended intake here.
I will journal each night: __ things I am grateful for and __ worries I want to work on.
I will mediate for ___ minutes, each day.
Perhaps download an app like Smiling Mind.
___ times each day I will breathe deeply through my nose and out through my mouth 3 times over.
Step 1 - Decide what challenge you are going to do.
Step 2 - Download the #LittleChangesChallenge tracker.
Step 3 - Start the challenge independently or share with your friends, family, colleagues or fellow students to take it up together! You can inspire and encourage each other to reach your goals. Fill in the tracker and, if you’re up for it, share what you’re doing on social media.
Step 4 - Celebrate your success by challenging a friend. And remember to hashtag #littlechangeschallenge on social media to share your experience.
SusanStudent: Assoc. Degree in Electrical EngineeringTAFE SA International Student Ambassador 2021 TAFE SA Student Voice Representative
My challenge:To go jogging every morning for at least 45 minutes.
QuintonStudent: Certificate IV in Community Services TAFE SA Student Voice Representative
My challenge:To find a balanced and comfortable posture.
SoniaStudent: Certificate IV in Training & Assessment TAFE SA Student Voice Representative
My challenge:To do 40 minutes on my exercise bike, and drink 1.5 litres of water each day.
CaitlinStudent: Certificate II in Vocational Preparation for Women TAFE SA Student Voice Representative
My challenge:To go for a walk every day.
AkashStudent: Diploma of NursingTAFE SA International Student Ambassador 2021 TAFE SA Student Voice Representative
My challenge:To reduce my screen time and read books instead (undertaken in September).
VadimStudent: Diploma of Software DevelopmentTAFE SA International Student Ambassador 2021
My challenge:To do 100 push-ups every day.
ZagStudent: Diploma of Remedial MassageTAFE SA International Student Ambassador 2021
My challenge:To practice Yoga every day.
Owen Student: Diploma of Building and ConstructionTAFE SA International Student Ambassador 2021
My challenge:To match Vadim's 100 push-ups every day.
SurlinneStaff: Manager, Organisational Development, People & Culture
My challenge:I will read three novels in one week.
MichaelStaff: Manager, Education Partnerships, Business Development
My challenge:To do 100 push-ups each day.
JennStaff: Change & Comms Lead, People & Culture
My challenge:To send a gratitude email every day.
MattStaff: Enterprise Liaison Officer
My challenge:To do 120 push-ups each day.
MarkStaff: Director, Student Experience
My challenge:To complete a meditation or mindfulness activity every day of the challenge (with the help of a smartphone app that will guide me through the process).
MichelleStaff: Senior Counsellor, Student Services
My challenge:To ride my bike every day for 7 days (if not to/from work, then to go for a ride after work).
TaniaStaff: Human Resources Advisor, People & Culture
My challenge:To drink 2 litres of water each day.
ArnoldStaff: Relationships Australia SA
My challenge:I will try to go to bed at 10pm from Sunday to Thursday for the next month.
BillyStaff: Relationships Australia SA
My challenge:To get to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training twice a week, every week!
KatieStaff: Relationships Australia SA
My challenge:I'm going to practice my ukulele for 5 minutes every day.
CarleyStaff: Relationships Australia SA
My challenge:I will be either walking or working out at the gym every weeknight during the study break.
RebeccaStaff: Relationships Australia SA
My challenge:My challenge is to do 15 minutes of exercise per day.
Team TonsleyStaff Workgroup: Apprentice & Trainees Team
Our challenge:To walk up and down the stairs (all three levels) twice per day.
Team SEOStaff Workgroup: Student Engagement & Onboarding
Our challenge:To walk around the block each day.
We help people create positive relationships that build wellbeing and resilience. Relationships Australia South Australia is a not-for-profit, secular, community organisation with services dedicated to supporting individuals, families and communities. You can find our services and programs at www.rasa.org.au, or call us on 1300 364 277.
How can you stay grounded in a time of change, like COVID-19? Find support here.
We support people to make changes that help create a brighter and more hopeful future. Our Gambling Help Service offers assistance to anyone affected by gambling. If you are concerned about your own gambling or are worried about a family member or friend’s gambling, we can help. Support is free, confidential, non-judgemental and can be anonymous.
The Gambling Help service provides a dedicated telephone and email intake service staffed by qualified gambling counsellors. Free call: 1800 934 196. Line is staffed 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday (or you can leave message) or email email us. Visit the Gambling Help SA webiste for more information.
The Port Adelaide Suicide Prevention Network brings together members of the community and local service providers who are interested in improving the community’s awareness and knowledge about suicide and suicide prevention while also reducing stigma at a grassroots level. The Port Adelaide Suicide Prevention Network provides members of the community with opportunities to attend events to talk, listen and learn about suicide and suicide prevention. Network membership is free and consists of individuals from across the Western Region who share a passion for reducing the impact of suicide in the community. “There’s strength in talking”
For further information, please email us or visit the Port Adelaide Suicide Prevention Network website.
Lifeline Australia | 24/713 11 14 | lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue | 24/71300 224 636 | beyondblue.org.au
Mental Health Triage Service | 24/7For assistance with a mental health crisis or urgent mental health concern13 14 65
Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) I Daily, 5pm-11.30pmA peer mental health support line1800 013 755 | letss.org.au
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) | M-F, 9am-5pm1300 364 277 | wch.sa.gov.au/camhs
headspace (for people 12-25 years of age) | 9am-5pm, M-F1800 063 267 | headspace.org.au
Kids Helpline (for people 5-25 years of age) | 24/71800 551 800 | kidshelpline.com.au
Suicide Call Back Service | 24/71300 659 467 | suicidecallbackservice.org.au
1800RESPECT | 24/7National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service1800 737 732 | 1800respect.org.au
Relationships Australia South Australia | 9am-5pm, M-F1300 364 277 | rasa.org.au
Gambling Help Intake Service | 9am-5pm, M-F1800 934 196 | gamblinghelpsa.org.au
Is it an emergency?If you, or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, call triple zero (000)
Freecall 1800 882 661