On Friday 9 October at 7.30pm on the ABC, Gardening Australia will be featuring the beautiful native landscape at The Burrow at Wombat Bend B&B – tune in as Jane Edmanson chats to owners Sue and Bill about the 5 acres of native wonderland they have created over 40 years. As horticulturalists they have developed amazing new plant selections, including flowering callistemons (bottlebrushes); notably some favourites such as Callistemon Edna Walling Scarlet Willow and Callistemon Mary MacKillop.
The Burrow at Wombat Bend
Kangaroo Ridge Retreat, Hop It and Watts River Brewing continue their quirky Wednesday Wino talk show every second Wednesday at 8pm on Facebook.
Coming up in October are sessions with Damian from Pimpernel Vineyards and Sam from Kinglake Distillery.
Join in by watching live or grabbing a teaser pack at Watts River Brewing. Ask questions and join in the fun.
Facebook live link: Wednesday Winos
Mental Health & Crisis Support
Covid-19 has affected all our lives in many ways. Whether it has been isolating from family and friends, loss of business and work or managing new responsibilities like working from home, schooling children or managing finances.
With so many changes and perhaps uncertainty about what the future looks like it is a natural human response to experience feelings of anxiousness, distress, lack of motivation or even loneliness from limited connection with others. We are living through one of the most tumultuous periods in modern times with most of us dealing with unprecedented changes to how we live and work.
Recently I completed an online course with St Johns Ambulance, ‘Mental Health Crisis Training’ Almost half of our total population (45.5%) experiences a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, with one in five in the last 12 months. These figures unfortunately have been elevated beyond the normal range thanks to Coronavirus. The course provided me with basic training in assisting people who may be suffering with any Mental Health Crisis and how best to help them.
If your feelings are interfering with your daily routine or if you feel overwhelmed it is important to know that there is ways to ask for help. If you know someone who is struggling, encourage them to also seek some assistance too.
There is no shame in seeking support from a trained professional to help manage these feelings and to put some strategies in place to help you cope.
It is important to talk to someone about how you are feeling and there are a number of resources to do this.
* Talk to your GP
Mental Health Plans are funded through Medicare and can be accessed via your doctor for no cost
* Contact one of the Mental Health counselling services by phone
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Oz Help 1300 694 357
Mens Line Australia 1300 789 978
* Contact an organisation online
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au
Blackdog Institute www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Talk to someone……a friend, partner, work colleague, network member, hotline, online organisation.
Understand that you are not alone and seeking help is not a sign of failure or weakness but a positive way to move forward, on step at a time.
I look so forward to seeing you all again soon with some positive networking. Together we can support each other to regrow our businesses into 2021.
Miles of Smiles
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