Why we do what we do - part.1 Mental Health

Solsoya is more than just a label. It is also a platform for positive change. It encourages people to think about their thoughts and actions. To think of the bigger picture, far larger than their immediate comforts and futures.

 

It’s National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence Week, and not that there needs to be a certain week to speak about the topic, but what a great opportunity to share why we love the mental health movement.

 Photo by Alex Roberts

Photo by Alex Roberts

 

Mental health is a topic that is close to Solsoya founder, Birralee Hassen, heart. Extreme mental health issues have been a part of her family life for as long as she can remember.

 

These mental health issues, in particular regards to her mother, were never diagnosed, treated, and barely even acknowledged. Deep darkness wasn’t known as a mental condition, it was simply the norm.

 

Growing up in a world where her mother didn’t leave her room for what felt like weeks on end was a vulnerable place to be. Throughout high school, Birralee spent part of year eight and nine in foster care, while her mum went to a rehabilitation facility to attempt to break her dependence on prescription medication. 

 

While, as far as is known, her mother is no longer associated with addictive prescription medication, unfortunately there is no longer contact between the two, and for reasons that can only be put down to mental instabilities, Birralee is unaware of her mothers whereabouts.

 Photo by Alex Roberts

Photo by Alex Roberts

 

From this foundation stems a passion to break the stigma surrounding mental health. Sparking safe conversations, participating in events such as Fluro Friday, and just generally raising awareness, for the very normal but not spoken freely of, mental conditions.

 

 

As part of Solsoya’s commitment to recognise and normalise mental health issues, they have teamed up with One Wave Is All It Takes, creating rainbow coloured leggings that see 15% off all sales being donated to the mental health organisation.

 

Everybody is affected in some way by mental health issues – if not personally then most definitely with a family member or friend. Now is the time for change!

 

There are many ways to approach combatting a negative mental mindset and moving towards a positive mental state. Important to note is that there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to mental health. It is a completely subjective condition, privvy only to the individuals’ personal context.

 Photo by Alex Roberts

Photo by Alex Roberts

 

Take the time to find what works for you, and remember - if offering advice to someone working through a tough mental time; that while one thing may work wonderfully for you, it may hold little or no relevance to him or her.

 

Some examples of what can work for some, include but are not restricted to; morning rituals, time in nature, gratitude journaling, reflection through writing, meditation, exercise, a whole food diet, animal therapy, creative expression through art or music, hypnoses, counselling through psychologists or psychiatrists, and in the right circumstances natural or pharmaceutical medication.

 

It is also important to remember that a heightened mental state is simply unachievable 100% of the time. Life is cyclic, and the down times must be felt and acknowledged before they can be moved through.  

 

Take the time to check in with your friends, family, and yourself. If you need to reach out for support, there are online services that are there to help. Listed below are a just a few:

Beyond Blue

LifeLine

Mental Health Australia

 Photo by Alex Roberts

Photo by Alex Roberts