Our stories | 24 September 2019

Developing life-long habits for mental wellbeing

Live Proud Spring Summer 2019

Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life.

 The rise of mental health issues in the wider Australian community is an issue that we take seriously at Frasers Property. It’s a problem that affects each and every one of us, preventing many people from actively participating in, and contributing to, the rich and diverse cultures that make our communities special. That’s why in January 2017, we pledged our support to Smiling Mind, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing accessible tools to support healthy minds.

The organisation’s school-based programs are designed to take a pre-emptive approach to building healthy minds from a young age by teaching kids skills in mindfulness and meditation. 

“With one in four secondary students and one in seven primary students suffering from a diagnosed mental illness each year, it’s vital that we, as a community, do everything we can to treat this health issue,” says Dr Addie Wootten of Smiling Mind. “Through this partnership, we are hoping to expand our reach even further to help schools support student, teacher and parent wellbeing in a proactive way.”

Frasers Property’s support enables Smiling Mind to offer their training program to teachers of 30 schools each year for the next three years. In addition, the program provides each school with 12-months ongoing support via online resources, plus training for parents and the wider community on the benefits of the program and how to get involved.

“The work that Smiling Mind does is so important, and the kids really love it,” says Rod Fehring, CEO of Frasers Property Australia. “This partnership is a great opportunity for us to make a contribution to creating healthy communities in Australia, and it supports our goal of creating places where people feel truly connected.”

Fast facts
In the past 18 months, 36,540 school children across 44 schools nationally have benefited from this partnership. Together, we aim to bring the benefits of mindfulness to 75,000 children at 90 schools, entirely free of charge. There has been a steady uptake of the program in schools in NSW, WA, VIC and QLD, with 1827 teachers now having participated in Smiling Mind training workshops. 

Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.

10 minutes a day is all you need to see real changes. What are you waiting for?

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