THE BRAIN HEALTH EDUCATION INSTITUTE
Trevor and Annie Boulton, founders of The Brain Health Education Institute are Rotarians located on the Fraser Coast of Queensland.
Their 'How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World' book, educator resources and training are being used by High School Guidance Officers and Wellbeing Teams to develop the mental and emotional resilience of students and their families.
This simple handbook provides insight into the causes of mental health problems and how to avoid them. Mental Health and emotional well-being require a healthy brain, a clear conscience and a reason to live.
What we eat and drink, and how we sleep, greatly affects how we think, feel and behave. Guilt and shame can lead to anxiety, depression and addictions. Connecting with people and having a purpose provides us with a reason to live.
Initially, the book and resources were trialed at The Maryborough State High School, Queensland with a grant from their own club, The Rotary Club of Maryborough - Sunrise, with exceptional results.
Rotary - Supporting Mental Health Resilience
Due to COVID lockdown, Rotary Clubs were unable to earn income from events, so, Sunrise applied for and were successful with a Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Project grant for 530 books to provide more books to the school - and all of the other high schools in Maryborough.
This was followed up with a Rotary Foundation Grant for 331 books to meet the requests from more high schools - in the greater Wide Bay Region.
Rotary Mental Health Resilience Partnerships Are Born
As council community grants are only provided to 'local', not-for-profit organizations, Trevor and Annie met with The Hervey Bay City Rotary Club to help them apply for a grant for books and resources requested by 'Hervey Bay' High Schools. This was successful and 640 books were distributed to all of the Hervey Bay High Schools.
The news of this resource is spreading rapidly among the Queensland Guidance Officers who are now contacting Maryborough Sunrise to request books for their schools.
Most local councils offer regular $5000 community project grants for 'local', not-for-profit organizations.
A $5000 council grant will provide 640 books with classroom resources and training.
This funding source not only suits councils in meeting community needs, it preserves the limited funds that most Rotary clubs now have.
Maryborough Sunrise are now in a great position to help other Rotary Clubs replicate these grant applications to provide books for their High Schools.
We can look after the funding application and acquittal processes paperwork on behalf of your 'local' Rotary Club.
We offer short, Saturday afternoon ZOOM meetings to explain the program and the best council funding process to clubs.