Our aim is to get people talking openly about improving their Mental Fitness.
Our vision is a world where people talk about Mental Health just like their Physical Health.
Our goal is to change the meaning of Mental Health.
Why Mental Fitness
Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have been hearing more about 'mental health' than ever before. But for too many people mental health remains something confusing, scary or irrelevant.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, what to think or say, or how to take an interest in taking care of our own wellbeing.
That’s why Resilience Agenda exists. Our goal is to make the way we talk about mental health more positive, preventative, proactive and relevant.
We want to inspire and empower people to talk openly about what good mental health looks like and how to get there; and how to encourage and support others without stigma and misunderstanding.
That's why we've taken an idea that most people can understand - physical fitness - and applied the same principles for improving our mental health - no matter where we start.
We All Have Mental Health
Whether it’s out in the open or not, everyone knows someone affected by mental health. In fact, we all have mental health. Some of us are just a little healthier than others at different times of our lives.
Unfortunately, stigma and misunderstanding have confused what mental health really means.
As a result, mental health has a bit of a PR problem. Because of the stigma attached to the term 'mental health,' people are less likely to be open to learning about the tools, strategies and support pathways that underpin good mental health and personal resilience.When we understand that we can improve our mental health, no matter our starting point, it becomes easier to share the skills and habits that help us protect and improve our wellbeing. Because good mental health is a lifestyle, rather than a matter of snapping your fingers.
The way many individuals and organizations typically approach mental health means that most of us wait until we are in crisis mode before we start to take an interest in it.
That’s because the dominant mental health message isn’t oriented toward education, self-management, or empowerment in a meaningful way.
Too often, we hear that we need to have a ‘problem’ or a ‘diagnosis’ before we can start taking an active interest in our mental health.
Yet that isn't how we think about our physical health. It makes no sense to wait until after we've had a heart attack to decide we're going to start a workout plan.
While the tools of Mental Fitness can help us on the recovery journey back from mental ill-health, they are also designed to help prevent us from becoming unwell or burning out in the first place.
Making Mental Health A Priority
That’s why Resilience Agenda exists. We want to make applying the strategies for managing and improving our mental health simpler, habitual, and dare we say it – fun.
In reality, much of our mental health is impacted by what we think and by what we do. New research shows that we have more impact over our mental health than we often believe. The way we respond to the adversity and challenges we face impacts how we feel, which affects what we do!
We want to make looking after our mental health as natural, proactive and habitual as looking after our physical health.
A New Way of Thinking About Mental Health
What if there were a new way to think about mental health and resilience? Not as something negative, scary or frightening, but something relatable, actionable and that each of us can work on throughout lives, like a never-ending project.
As the world gets more and more complex, we need to learn and apply a skillset for handling life's curveballs that they don't teach you in school.
What the world needs is a way to inspire people to take care of their mental health and wellbeing before they are overwhelmed by setbacks. Mental Fitness gives us the knowledge, confidence, and skills to drive change in our own lives, and the lives of those we care about.
That’s the future of mental health.