There’s no health without mental health.
Belgravia Foundation (Australia) in partnership with leading industry mental health and exercise experts, developed the MHeLP- Mental Health eLearning Platform to empower staff in the recreation and aquatics sectors across New Zealand and Australia to better support people experiencing compromised mental health. MHeLP is supported by 25 collaborators from New Zealand and Australia who promote the platform throughout their networks.
Mental health issues are increasingly common and physical activity has a critical role to play in preventing the onset of mental health illness and its treatment. For the recreation and aquatics sector to effectively respond to the needs of people experiencing poor mental health, it is critical that its staff have a broad understanding of the various types of mental illness and are confident to support people with the varying challenges they may have.
It is completely free, self-paced and earns learners two continuing education credits (CECs). It takes approximately two hours to complete and it does not have to be completed all at once.
We encourage your participation and ask you to promote participation with others.
How to Sign-up for MHelp
Click ‘Sign Up Now.’
Enter your email address. Set and confirm a password
A confirmation email will be sent to you from the Belgravia Foundation, click the link in the email to confirm your account.
You will be directed to the learning portal. Enter you First Name and Last Name into the info screen.
Click the green SAVE button on the bottom of the screen
Click the purple Start button to launch the course.
We’d like to thank all our wonderful partners for their contributions to the Belgravia Foundation Take Charge Mental Health eLearning Program (MHeLP) and commitment to mental health.
Take charge! Community-based exercise for youth and adults living with mental illness!
Mental illness has emerged as a national issue with 1 in 5 New Zealanders experiencing some form of mental illness by the age of 18. Research has confirmed that exercise helps people manage and work toward recovery from mental illness. Evidence shows that at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week can improve mood and decrease anxiety and stress. Physical activity is also thought to have a role in preventing serious mental illness such as depression. (Mental Health Foundation). Combining exercise with opportunities to spend time with others has been shown to greatly improve the health and happiness outcomes for people living with mental illness.
Take Charge! is a free referral-based program that gives access and support for people experiencing mental illness to engage in exercise at community leisure centres for 60 days. The programme includes specific strategies to support social connection while exercising so that the participant can enjoy a broad range of physical and mental health benefits. After the first 60 days, the programme continues with a co-contribution approach based on each person’s financial situation for ongoing access. Belgravia Foundation Aotearoa, working with local community providers, are supporting the roll-out of this program through staff training, program resources and partnership building, leading to youth and adults living with mental illness gaining the benefits of regular exercise.