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Martial Arts for Mental Health

As part of mental health week, Southern Downs Regional Council will be offering a pilot program which offers a fully subsidised place in a self-defence course for young women.

For some people craft, quiet activities, or introspective moments are the best way to take time for mental health. But checking in with yourself doesn’t come in a ‘one size fits all’ package. What about moving, making noise, and taking up space as a wat to make connection between your life and your needs?

Martial Arts for Mental Health is a fully subsidised program designed to give young women, aged 15-18, the opportunity to engage in a martial art course designed for them and the challenges life may throw at them, in a no-stakes environment.

The space is designed to be private, safe, and comfortable with classes of 5, consisting only of peers.

This program is a pilot with organisers engaging regularly with participants to gather feedback of the instructors, course layout, program value, and overall viability of future programs.

At the completion of the program, your instructor will recommend a local martial arts trainer, should you wish to continue your training.

  • Martial Arts for Mental Health promotes the following:
  • Alleviate stress
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Boost your focus
  • Calls for introspection
  • Encouraging connection to your own body
  • Understanding what safety looks like to you


If you would like to submit an Expression of Interest form, you can find a copy here (PDF 281KB)



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