To celebrate Mental Health Month and Carers Week 2020 in NSW, we are raising awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing and self-care for people who provide care and support to friends and family. These people are also known as carers.
We are inviting carers located in the Hunter New England region to share their self-care by taking photos of the activities they undertake to look after themselves, and submit them to our online photo gallery to be showcased during October and November.
Your photo might be a selfie while you're walking, a photo of your pottery, or a snap of you snuggling your dog. Remember, everyone’s self-care looks different.
Participants who enter will go in to the running to win one of two personalised relaxation packs, provided by One Door Mental Health. The winners will be picked at random from the pool of entries.
Participant photos will also be shared on social media by partnering organisations in association with the activity.
This project is a collaboration between Carers NSW, Everymind, One Door Mental Health, and the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Carers Research.
The photo gallery is open to people living in the Hunter New England region who provide care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
Children and young people under the age of 18 years must have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter.
Submissions can be made from Monday 12th October, with submissions closing midnight Saturday 31st October.
You can upload up to three photos. It is recommended that photographs be in the form of a jpg (jpeg) file and at least 5 megapixels.
You also have a maximum of 25 words to tell us the thoughts and feelings behind each of your photographs, if you wish.
Please allow 24-48 hours for your photos to be approved and uploaded.
By participating in the photo gallery, you consent to having your photos made publicly available on the Everymind website and shared on shared on social media by partnering organisations in association with the activity. There is no cost associated with this submission.
Click here to submit your photos.
For tips on taking photos, view our self-care image guide.
To acknowledge your participation and show your support for others carers, the following 'participant support' images have been developed to download and share with your networks. Images are available for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Your photos will be shown in an online gallery during October and November. You will also be invited to a virtual morning tea, where we bring together carers to talk about the importance of taking time out to care for yourself.
If you have any questions, or need any help submitting photos you can contact Dr Zoi Triandafilidis, Senior Project Officer, Everymind at [email protected], or phone 02 4924 6900.
The Centre for Carers Research at the University of Technology Sydney, UTS, provides a platform for cross disciplinary research, learning and knowledge exploring the experiences of carers. You can visit their website here.