BRIGHTON LIONS – PUTTING THE HOURS IN FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Gwen Harper - 30 September 2017

Brighton Lions have got their teeth into a new project, and we’re not letting go!   We want to really make a difference in Brighton, and we’re clocking up hours to raise money for a new training program that will help Jordan River Senior School students recognise and respond to a mental health situation.

Emma Dillon, our partner in this project and a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer from Save the Children, explains more about the training:

The Teen MHFA Course teaches high school students how to provide mental health first aid to their friends and to get the help of an adult. This is an amazing course which helps students understand more about the impacts of mental health and the importance of seeking help quickly.”

The Teen Mental Health First Aid course, like all the evidence-based MHFA courses, does not aim to take over the role of a trained mental health professional.  Instead it teaches skills similar to a normal first aid course – to improve the ability of a first responder.  Students who complete a Teen Mental Health First Aid course will be able to recognise someone who’s experiencing a mental health crisis, what to do in a mental health emergency, and what suitable professional help options are available.

Said Sandy Menadue, the Principal of Jordan River Senior School:

“It is critically important that as an extended school community we support our students to develop and maintain positive mental health.  To do this, we need to make sure our students are well informed and supported to understand the factors that may impact upon their own and others wellbeing.  We are very appreciative of Brighton Lions contribution toward this effort.”

Brighton Lions is fundraising to pay for the teaching materials for this course, and will also be submitting a grant to Lions Club International to cover the cost of running the course.  Said Brighton Lions President, Chris Gimblett:

“Helping people with mental health challenges is something very close to my heart.  It’s great that so many people are finally talking about mental health, but we all need to know more about it – especially how to recognise when someone is in trouble and needs help.”

Please support Brighton Lions in their fundraising efforts – either visit them at Brighton Market (first Sunday of every month) or keep an eye on their website www.brightonlions.org.au and Facebook page ‘Lions Club of Brighton Inc’ for fundraising activities.


Lions Membership Month Article

Admin - 17 March 2014

The Lions Club of Brighton is part of a truly global service organisation with over 45,500 clubs and more than 1.35 million members in 205 countries around the world, Lions Clubs International.

We are dedicated to making our communities a better place to live, work and grow. With like-minded people we provide real change and create opportunities in our communities.

As the Lions Club of Brighton approaches the second anniversary of its charter, members can look back at a solid two years of fundraising and contribution to the community.

Using our super BBQ trailer, Lions have run BBQ’s for community groups and for organisations to raise funds for community activities. You may have seen us at the Brighton Civic Centre (opening of the Bypass and at Communities for Children), Brighton Community Market, Royal Hobart Regatta (wood-chopping) or Vodafone in Kingston, amongst other various places we have visited.

Lions fundraising often comes in partnership with another organisation, for instance staffing the entrances to the Royal Agricultural Show, Tasmanian Racing Club and the Hobart Sporting Car Club.

The Lions Club of Brighton is most proud of our work in producing the first Christmas Carols event in Brighton for many years.

Brighton Lions partnered with the Citywide Baptist Church, with assistance from Lions Club of Kingborough, Hazell Bros, Brighton Council and PDK Systems, to stage Christmas Carols at the Thompson Oval at Pontville late last year.

A crowd of close to 1000 backed by the Derwent Valley Concert Band, Twice Bitten and the Citywide Baptist Church Band sang popular Christmas carols into the evening. Entertainers from the Citywide Baptist Church led events for young people while the Brighton Fire Brigade delivered Santa and a huge bag of sweets!

Planning is already underway for Christmas Carols to return this year in mid December.

The Lions Club of Brighton is always looking for new members, the more we have the more we can do.

Membership involves attending a couple of meetings, paying a modest membership fee and then regular attendance at monthly meetings.

At Lions we make things happen. One more member gives us two more hands.

For more information visit our website at www.brightonlions.org.au


Brighton Community Christmas Carols – December 8, 2013

Admin - 23 October 2013

Christmas Carols

This year will see the Lions Club of Brighton working together with the Citywide Baptist Church to bring the Brighton community a Christmas Carols event to remember.

The event has been scheduled for December 8, 2013 on Thompson Oval at Pontville. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend. It would be fantastic to have a big turn out for the first of what we hope will be many carols events in the future.

Music will be provided by one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed, travelled and successful Community Bands, The Derwent Valley Concert Band as well as the Citywide Baptist Church Band with vocals by Tasmanian vocalists Twice Bitten and school choirs from the district.

Kids activities will be available from late afternoon with the carols starting in the evening.

Come along and share in the Christmas spirit.


Lions makes a difference in Brighton and beyond

Admin - 13 April 2013

Brighton Lions in the Brighton News
The Lions Club of Brighton has received a mention in the Brighton News this month. The article discusses the difference that Lions are making throughout Brighton and what the members have been involved in to date.

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