Channel 4 change
Channel 4 Change was established to raise funds to develop and implement youth mental health initiatives in Deniliquin.
The money raised also helps cover the costs associated with delivering mental health awareness of resources.
How Channel 4 Change is supporting local Mental Health awareness
Local teacher Brenda Norman began supporting Deni MHAG through the initiative Channel for Change in 2018 and in the first year raised funds in excess of $40,000. These funds, and funds raised since, have supported the work of Deni MHAG through initiatives and campaigns, including:
The delivery of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses, including: Youth MHFA; Standard MHFA; Conversations around Suicide; Conversations around Non-Suicidal Self Injury
School Youth Mental Health Forum hosted by Deniliquin High School (2019)
New Deni MHAG website, sharing resources to help people find Mental Health support
Tuesday Chats – Helping Adults Help Youth – 2019 free face to face interactive sessions with parents
Mental Health Month Initiatives including annual “Mental Health, It’s not as Scary as you think” event now embedded in all our schools
#Deni5in5 community wellbeing campaign, which included a digital and print campaign and now embedded in the community through various resources, campaigns and events
In 2020, amidst Covid , the “You’ve got this Campaign” for year 12 students
Development of numerous resources to promote helplines (including bouncy balls with Kids Helpline number)
Not your average PE teacher!
Brenda Norman is the founder of Channel 4 Change.
She is a PDHPE teacher at Deniliquin High School and a passionate advocate of maintaining all forms of health.
Brenda is an accomplished long-distance swimmer and uses her swims to promote the importance of mental health support for young people in regional areas.
What is open water swimming?
Open water swimming occurs in any body of water that isn’t a pool. This includes oceans,
rivers and lakes.
The challenge of open water swimming is the unpredictable environment. Every swim has
different water currents and temperature, weather, and marine life.
There are strict rules that must be followed when attempting an open water swim; only a
normal swimsuit, cap and goggles can be worn, and the swimmer cannot be touched during
the swim. Solo swimmers must be accompanied by a boat which has an observer onboard
who witnesses the entire swim to ensure all the rules are followed.
Brenda's incredible swimming career
Distance - kms
Palm Beach to Shelly Beach
Port to Pub
Derwent River (upstream)
Double Derwent River
Click here to see all her swims and times - longswims.com/p/brenda-norman