Why volunteering is good for your mental health

Everyone of us has been helped by a volunteer at some stage in our life, we just may not know it because volunteers usually don't ask for any thanks or make a big fuss about it.

Every year on the 5th of December, International Volunteers Day provides a platform to celebrate and acknowledge the incredible and selfless efforts of those who donate their time and services to their community, with no expectation of payment or thanks. 

Australia as a nation is currently heavily relying on the essential assistance of volunteers as the country continues to experience it's worse bushfire season in history and leaning on those who are not only donating their time but risking their lives to fight the fires. 

Volunteers are responsible for hundreds if not thousands of community initiatives, support groups and even the reason that many charity organisations are able to operate and it is important that whilst we can't specifically acknowledge every individual and organisation that there is an overall appreciation how essential the act of volunteering is to every community. 

The LIVIN charity organisation is a prime example on how the support of volunteers and community played a key role in an important message being able to grow and reach supporters around the country - and ultimately help the people that needed to hear it.  Started by two guys on the Gold Coast making a couple of t-shirts to support mental health awareness after the loss of their best mate, LIVIN and the goal to break the stigma surrounding mental health awareness grew purely through the support of those around them.  

Now the LIVIN organisation is responsible for directly impacting over 70,000 young people around Australia through their LIVINWell Schools Program, again a testament to the support Casey Lyons and Sam Webb received in the early days of the charity and continue to receive today through the support of selfless volunteers.  Our LIVIN WA team is the perfect case study for how dedicated our volunteers are with all of our entire team selflessly committing to ensuring our message has the opportunity to reach those that in their community, all in their own time whilst juggling their own commitments. 

However, it is somewhat reassuring to know though that those incredibly generous volunteers do actually receive something back - something that we could all use a lot of and is good for our mental health . . . . 

Volunteering is known to:

- Improve self-confidence

- Improve self-esteem

- Instill a sense a purpose

- Increase life satisfaction

- Create a sense of belonging

- Encourage social interaction

- Support local community

- Provide support where needed to improve the lives of others

We encourage everyone to appreciate all of the amazing volunteers that help out in the community and to always support them supporting us. And hey, if you every want to get involved in helping out a cause or organisation we can guarantee that you wont only be helping others, you'll be helping yourself.