Companions in Australia. Much of the world has lived in isolation for the past several years, and collective mental health has been severely affected. One Australian company, according to its press release, seeks to raise awareness and raise funds to address it with a new series of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) dedicated to Down Under.
NFT AussieMates partners with LIVIN
NFT AussieMates has announced a partnership with the mental health nonprofit LIVIN to release a collection of 10,000 unique NFT kangaroos inspired by Australian culture to create a supportive community through access to education and healthcare. Upon going on sale on January 7, 2022, AussieMates owners known as Down Under Club members will have access to LIVIN’s virtual health workshops, early prevention and intervention resources and initiatives supported by a qualified LIVIN psychologist.
It is part of the LIVINWell program, which is based on the mantra “speak up”, which breaks down stigma and encourages self-efficacy and seeking help.
“We believe in the community the most. It is a huge privilege to be able to support LIVIN in his incredible work to de-stigmatize mental health. This is the spirit that AussieMates personifies, ”said AussieMates co-founder Bianca Musico. We do not want anyone to be left behind. To us, our Australian comrades represent mental health. They are the essence of balance, strength, health and fun. We love that kangaroos can only move forward, and that’s what we want for our community. “
With many Australians living in severe isolation – including Melbourne, which holds the world record for most days spent in isolation as of October – 262 days – the mental health consequences are acute.
Global mental health has also been undermined. The OECD report says that since March 2020, “the prevalence of anxiety and depression has increased and even doubled in some countries. The periods when the highest rates of mental disorders were reported correlated with the periods of increased deaths from COVID-19 and severe restraint measures. ”
On the effectiveness of LIVIN, the Ernst & Young report found that 79% of participants said the program helped them make a positive change in their well-being, while 82% of those who applied the program’s methods to someone else also felt it had a positive impact.