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LIFT THE LID
Let’s Lift the Lid
on Mental Illness
Rotary Health by:
• Thanking and
clinicians and all
people who are
to find new treatment and cures for
mental illness, as well as preventative
measures so our children can grow up
to be healthier, stronger and happier.
• Donating to Australian Rotary Health
so we can continue to support
research in mental health.
• Acknowledging that it’s OK to seek
help for a mental health concern.
• Addressing such issues as cyber
bullying, family violence, alcohol and
drug abuse, child abuse, as well as
anxiety and depression and other
mental health issues.
• Continuing to talk about mental
health and its importance.
• Supporting Hat Day on World Mental
Health Day on October 10.
Australian Rotary Health’s Lift the Lid
campaign encompasses all these issues
and encourages all Rotarians and all
Australians to join with us.
With the pro bono assistance of major
advertising agency Dentsu Mitchell, we
will promote the importance of research
in mental illness – for prevention,
treatment and cures.
Let’s get together and Lift the Lid on
If you are in need of counselling, contact
the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659
467 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 (Aus), 0800
543 354 (NZ) or visit www.lifeline.org.nz
This program put a stop to that,” immediate past governor of District
9980 Karen Purdue said. “Hundreds of students deleted strangers from their
social network sites; dozens of parents reported changing the household
rules around gaming and the internet. Kids were taken out of inappropriate
chatrooms and girls were able to share that they’d faced pressure to provide
sexualised images. But it wasn’t just the victims who were reached and helped.
Eight perpetrators of bullying came forward after attending the sessions.”
The Rotary Club of Invercargill East has provided additional funds to enable
John and Rotary to continue their mission in the south to educate and
empower school children, seniors, businesses and community organisations
in the ever-changing digital era.
The talks include discussion of online grooming, “sexting”, cyber bullying,
managing online reputations, learning to repel and report unwanted online
advances and online dating. For businesses, he looks at the key cyber issues
facing companies and organisations today, encompassing learning how to
identify and reduce risk, brand and reputation management, staff training,
digital responsibility among employees, and the importance of policies. As
part of the Cyber EQ-IQ Project, John also works with victims of cybercrime
in Southland and their families, including those who have been cyber abused
and victims of sexting.
“With more and more of our life shifting online, it’s absolutely crucial
people are aware of strategies to protect themselves in the digital world,”
Rotary Club of Invercargill East’s past president Fraser Purdue said.
No one should have to tolerate bullying, whatever form it
takes. Strategies ought to be tailored to specific circumstances,
but generally revolve around documenting attacks,
blocking or discouraging bullies wherever possible, and
The Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner has
an array of resources on recognising and preventing cyber
bullying available on their website www.esafety.gov.au.
Numerous other resources exist online on various other
Under Workplace Health and Safety legislation, businesses
are required to ensure a secure workplace for staff. If you are
a business operator, ensure you have a policy to cope with
bullying which encompasses cyber harassment.
In the case of public trolling attacks, businesses and
organisations have successfully employed a wide range of
negation strategies. These range from “killing with kindness”
through gently acknowledging concerns so the trolls grow
bored and move on; or humorously making light of attacks
to downplay their relevancy to valued customers. If you
encounter such issues, we suggest you consider professional
assistance, which may include both legal and public relations.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU,
OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, IS
BEING CYBER BULLIED?
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