For the past few years, much of the world has been living under a blockade and collective mental health has been severely affected. An Australian company is hoping to raise awareness and funds to address this issue with a new Down Under-themed series of uncounterfeitable tokens.
NFT AussieMates has announced a partnership with mental health non-profit LIVIN to release a series of 10,00 unique Kangaroo NFTs inspired by elements of Australian culture with the aim of building a supportive community through access to education and wellness. When available on January 7, 2022, AussieMates owners – known as Down Under Club members – will have access to LIVIN’s virtual wellness workshops, resources, and early prevention and interventions, all endorsed by LIVIN’s qualified psychologists.
This is part of the LIVINWell program, which breaks down stigma and encourages self-efficacy and help-seeking under the slogan, “It Ain’t Weak to Speak.”
“We believe that community trumps everything. It’s a huge privilege to be able to support the incredible work LIVIN does to break down the stigma of mental health. That’s the spirit that AussieMates embodies,” said AussieMates co-founder Bianca Musico.” We don’t want anyone to be left behind. For us, our AussieMates ‘roos are the embodiment of 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 expect from our community.”
With many Australians living under strict lockdown conditions – including Melbourne, which holds the world record for the most days of lockdown at 262 as of October – the impact on people’s mental health is being keenly felt. An OECD report notes that since March 2020, “the prevalence of anxiety and depression has risen, and in some countries even doubled. The highest rates of mental distress have been reported in association with periods of increased COVID-19 deaths and strict confinement measures.”
Turning to the efficacy of LIVIN, Ernst & Young’s Social Impact report found that 79 percent of participants said the program helped them make positive changes to their own well-being, while 82 percent of those who applied the program’s methods to others felt it had a positive impact on that person.