Our Volunteer Coordinator Lisa had the recent opportunity to speak at the Mental Health Conference as part of Volunteering WA's Volunteer Leadership Network along with Huia from the Smith Family. The theme for this year’s conference was "Live, Learn, Work, Play" and their presentation was about how volunteering is good for your mental health.
Helping others triggers our brain in many positive ways. Our brains release oxytocin, serotine and dopamine. These hormones boost our mood and counteract the effect of cortisol (stress). This is often referred to the 'helpers high' and studies suggest that giving support to others may actually benefit the giver more than the receiver and the more you give the better you feel.
Helping others can help you live longer, lower you blood pressure and give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Helping others makes us happy.
'We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give' - Winston Churchill
Volunteering at Rise
There are nearly 200 volunteers here at Rise, helping to make a difference. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.