Wellbeing important for the heart

CLARENCE City Council was one of only two councils in Australia to be awarded an Innovation Initiative by the Heart Foundation.

The accolade was awarded for a simple but effective project that promotes good mental health in the community.

The “My Wellbeing Kit” is a pocket-sized parcel of 13 cards that contain simple ideas on how to keep your mind at ease, even when times are tough.

The ideas are illustrated through colourful illustrations by local artist Shiloh Longbottom.

Clarence City Council was also the state winner of councils with a population more than 50,000 in the Heart Foundation’s Local Government Awards.

Heart Foundation Tasmania chief executive officer Graeme Lynch said the awards were well deserved.

“The My Wellbeing Kit is a great innovation,” he said.

“It’s a beautiful, thoughtful product aimed at helping us realise our full potential when it comes to maintaining good mental health.”

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said health and wellbeing was of high importance to the Council.

“It is the role of Council to not only provide governance, but to give support to residents to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing through a variety of innovative projects, services and facilities for all ages and abilities,” he said.

“The My Wellbeing Kit connects with people’s emotions through illustration and how simple and small steps can help restore our wellbeing when we experience challenges in our life.

“The My Wellbeing Kit is a great example of what councils can do, through working with other health organisations and consumers, to achieve improved outcomes for our residents.”

Bellerive resident Julie Westland said she regularly used the My Wellbeing Kit to help her keep connected and her mind present.

“I choose a card and think about what I already do that helps me, taking time to look at the beauty in nature every day, call a family member or have coffee with a friend,” she said.

“I sometimes use the cards to give myself a pat on the back for what I am doing or to challenge myself to find something extra over the next week or month for my wellbeing.”

Caption: Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman, left, Bellerive resident Julie Westland and Heart Foundation chief executive officer Graeme Lynch with their Innovation Award winning “My Wellbeing Kits”.