Showing the way for the Blue & Grey
The Viking Wellbeing initiative is an emotional health care-service that is accessible to Churchie Old Boys, and indeed the whole Churchie community, to help deal with increasing social and professional pressures.
Over the past 25 years, accelerating shifts in technology have impacted cultures around the world which has brought about an increasing number of social and professional issues, pressures and stress. Without the necessary coping mechanisms, this can potentially lead to a path of depression, anxiety and perhaps even suicide. Whilst many people may understand the availability of existing organisations, they don't always feel comfortable utilising those organisations, simply because they don't associate with them.
The Churchie OBA has always been instrumental in creating a sense of belonging amongst its Old Boys to create an incredibly supportive community. The Viking Wellbeing initiative embraces and espouses that philosophy.
1300BLUEGREY is a mental health advocacy service that has been set up to support Churchie Old Boys and their families by providing a wellbeing service for emotional healthcare.
It provides anonymous access to a confidential counselling service and importantly, as it provides anonymity for users, it does not reflect on any potential health care records.
Churchie Old Boys and their families can rely on this service to assist overcoming emotional and mental challenges.
This service can be used to seek advice to address wellbeing concerns for yourself, a family member or a friend.
The Viking Wellbeing initiative was originally proposed by Old Boys John Stavrou and Damien Edmonds after Tim Borthwick, a member of their 1987 cohort, took his own life in July 2018. Of those men who have already passed away from the 1987 cohort, approximately 25% were a result of challenges with anxiety and depression.
John and Damien then engaged the Churchie OBA to set up a healthcare service in support of Churchie Old Boys and their families, using existing emotional health infrastructure.
Viking Wellbeing is the initiative and 1300BLUEGREY is the catalyst for this positive influence in the lives of those in our Churchie community.
We are also indebted to and acknowledge the following organisations and individuals, all of whom have an affiliation with Churchie and have made themselves available for this ongoing discussion.
Ford Health Toby Ford (1977)
Roses in the Ocean Bronwen Edwards - sister of Mark Edwards (1982)
Stand Tall for PTS Tony Dell (1963) and Kevin Alcock (1962)
The Long Gallery James Douglas (1990)