The ‘female participant to log the most hours’ in the 2022 Move for Mental Health, was won by Zoe, CVGT Disability Employment Consultant Bendigo. Zoe logged an incredible 141.8 hours during the month of October to help raise funds for Bendigo Health Foundation and she wants you to know – “you too are amazing”.
About 2022 Move for Mental Health
Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month and World Mental Health Day, 2022 Move for Mental Health is a virtual fitness and fundraising challenge for all abilities.
This year, thanks to participants like Zoe and generous community donations $66,329 was raised to purchase a move for mental health multipurpose bus, so more health patients throughout the region can access specialised exercise programs.
“Coming from a small town, this news is amazing,” said Zoe.
The importance of mental health support
Zoe, like many others, knows all too well the impact of the day-to-day strain has on our mental health.
“It’s sad to think that there are many people out there similar to myself that may not have the support that they need,” Zoe says. “And in turn they are misunderstood.”
Mental health is an important part of your well- being. It can affect how you cope emotionally, physically, and socially.
The biggest thing I have taken from this, is in those times I struggle, and feel overwhelmed – everything is piling up, the cleaning, the day-to-day functions, the dread of waking up and just wanting to curl up under the covers and feel nothing. I have support around me.
Zoe about participating in Move for Mental Health
Strong support networks are so important
Having a strong support system is vital to maintaining positive mental health. That includes a supportive workplace.
I am so thankful that all the CVGT departments I have worked with. They have been understanding with my own struggles with mental health, and have always worked with me, to achieve my best.
Zoe about the support of her colleagues
Finding the will to exercise
Exercise strengthens mental health. There are a range of benefits including improved mood, energy and self-esteem that comes from getting moving.
However, when you are feeling low, taking those first steps can be hard. It’s mind over matter, and matter over mind.
Zoe, during her training, leaned on her favourite yoga quote for motivation.
The you think you are, cannot overcome the challenge! It’s who you are that does and will.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about the winners of this year’s 2022 Move for Mental Health head to their Facebook page.
If you or someone you know is struggling call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 anytime for support and advice.
Zoe wants you to know
“You are amazing. You have made it through another day. You may not know it, you mean something. You bring light to someone, no matter how little you feel right now, you will make it through. 😊”