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COVID-19 – Ocean Mind Update

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COVID-19 – Ocean Mind Update

The health and safety of our participants and mentors are always our top priority. Ocean Mind is taking a number of steps to support our team and participants.  
Ocean Mind will also be making some changes to the way we run our programs to support the community response:

  • reviewing the activities and games to minimise close contact between our participants
  • emphasising good hand hygiene messages at the start of our program
  • engaging in a discussion with the participants about what this means to them, recognising that this situation may raise mental health concerns to the surface for some.

We are also asking all those that plan to participate in our programs before the end of the season to:

  • Advise Ocean mind staff if you have traveled from another country in the last 14 days.
  • If you are showing any symptoms or illness that you don’t attend our programs or events.

The team at Ocean Mind are closely monitoring this situation and developing plans to play our part in reducing the impact of COVID-19 on the community and health system. We will take our lead from the Victorian government response, and this may impact our events and program delivery, so we will keep you informed as things progress.

This is a constantly evolving situation, so we have set up a subset of our Board who are communicating daily to discuss our ongoing response and ensure we have the latest information from health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us to discuss.
Thank you,

Rachael Parker
Ocean Mind

Ocean Mind & Jack Freestone

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Last week the Ocean Mind family got to surf and hang out with Australian Pro Surfer Jack Freestone. It was a perfect sunny morning, with clean waves rolling in at Anglesea beach. Thanks to the team of volunteers including Damien Cole – Independent for their dedication and passion. Jezzalanko Creative thank you for capturing this moment.

“Ocean Mind are doing some amazing work. Surfing has given me so much and impacts me in a positive way every time I get in the ocean, so to share the stoke and time in the water with these amazing kids, was just really cool.” Jack Freestone

Healing wounds and boosting mental health with surfing

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If you’re looking for ways to help children deal with family violence, disability and mental health, have you ever considered surfing?

The Ocean Mind surfing program, run along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, has been helping young people since 2016. Their approach is based on the Wave Project, a successful intervention program in the UK.


Bella, Ethan and Chloe, some of the participants of Ocean Mind surf school

Mel, mother of Bella

Will Devine, mentor with Ocean Mind

Rachael Parker, CEO and founder of Ocean Mind

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