OUR STORY BEGINS IN 2014
OUR VISION FOR THE WORLD
A WORLD WHERE…
AT OUR FOUNDATION…
WHO ARE WE?
Burn Bright is a social enterprise, not-for-profit organisation, that was established in 2014. Burn Bright exists to promote the prevention of mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression. We help young people to look after their mental health and wellbeing in a proactive and preventative way. We do this through using a range of positive evidence-based strategies that help young people to take charge of their lives.
At Burn Bright we encourage, challenge and develop students through tailored experiential leadership, wellbeing programs and national camps. We are student leadership and wellbeing specialists who work with students from Year 5 to Year 12 in a collaborative, fun and inclusive team culture. This brings about positive behavioural change, a shift in mindset and personal wellbeing, allowing students to make informed choices and decisions.
We have a team based in Sydney and Melbourne who travel to all parts of Australia to work with young people and partner with schools on a daily basis.
The acquired leadership behaviours, wellbeing habits and character traits help build meaningful, healthy and positive long-lasting skills and friendships that will continue beyond the school years.
In short, Burn Bright provides the fuel and the spark that ignites the potential within every student, leading to enhanced self-efficacy and a heightened sense of personal wellbeing.
The scope for growth of our work is limitless and we want to invite you to be a part of our journey.
Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission
Burn Bright is a Not For Profit organisation, officially registered as a Public Company Limited by Guarantee. Burn Bright is registered with the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission (ACNC). On the ACNC’s website you can find out the legal information about Burn Bright. Burn Bright does not have Deductible Gift Receipt (DGR) status.
MENTAL HEALTH, MENTAL ILLNESS, WELLBEING AND FLOURISHING
Burn Bright exists to promote the prevention of mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression. We help young people to look after their mental health and wellbeing in a proactive and preventative way. We do this through using a range of positive evidence-based strategies that help young people to take charge of their lives.
Burn Bright’s vision is for all young people across the world to be flourishing. We do this through using a range of positive evidence-based strategies that help young people to take charge of their lives and to help equip them with the experiences and tools so that they can flourish. Burn Bright believes that being mentally well is an absence of mental illness (for Burn Bright this is a focus on anxiety and depression) state of successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with people and the ability to adapt to social change and to cope with adversity.
Refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders involving – at Burn Bright this means for anxiety and depression.
- Significant changes in thinking, emotion and behaviour
- Distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.
Preventing mental illness aims to:
“reduce the incidence, prevalence, recurrence of mental disorders, the time spent with symptoms, or the risk condition for a mental illness, preventing or delaying recurrences and also decreasing the impact of illness in the affected person, their families and the society” (Mrazek & Haggerty, 1994).
A state in which an individual is able to realise his or her own abilities, handle day-to-day events and obstacles, function effectively among his or her peers, and engage in health-promoting behaviour (World Health Organization). The purpose of mental health promotion is to prevent and reduce the rates of mental illness, namely anxiety and depression.
The concept of psychological wellbeing refers to optimal psychological functioning and life experience. Burn Bright’s ‘wellbeing’ programs don’t refer to a general sense of wellbeing but a specific definition of psychological and eudaimonic wellbeing. Eudaimonic wellbeing explains that wellbeing is just more than being subjectively happy, eudaimonia is about the actualisation of human potential and true nature (Deci & Ryan, 2001). Eudaimonia occurs when people’s life activities are most congruent with deeply held values and are holistically or fully engaged. Under such circumstances people would feel intensely alive and authentic, existing as who they really are (Deci & Ryan, 2001).
Burn Bright uses the word ‘flourishing’ to describe individuals who are free from mental illness (anxiety and depression) and exhibit high levels of emotional and psychological wellbeing and high levels of positive functioning (i.e., psychological and social wellbeing).
Burn Bright uses the word ‘flourishing’ as a psychologically validated word for moving young people towards the flourishing end and away from the mental disorder end (depression and anxiety). Ultimately it is Burn Bright’s goal to have less young people suffering from anxiety and depression and more young people ’flourishing’.
THE BURN BRIGHT TEAM VALUES
THE SYDNEY OFFICE
THE MELBOURNE OFFICE
THE NEW ZEALAND OFFICE
BURN BRIGHT WORKS ACROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
WE IMPACT YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH…
Student Leadership Programs
We empower young people through leadership strategies, to enable peer to peer support for others and promote strategies for mental health prevention within their schools and communities.
Our leadership programs educate students through the lens of servant leadership and that to lead others purposefully, they must first learn to lead themselves. Students leave our leadership programs understanding what it takes to become a servant leader, how to use their influence well and importantly, how to incorporate proven leadership qualities into their own daily lives.
Burn Bright’s ‘wellbeing’ programs don’t refer to a general sense of wellbeing but a specific definition of psychological and eudaimonic wellbeing. Our wellbeing programs are specifically designed to enable young people to build a solid foundation of character and values to ignite their lives with the possibility of the future. These programs are a dynamic and engaging way to learn about oneself and the people around them. The acquired leadership behaviours, wellbeing habits and character traits help build meaningful, healthy and positive long-lasting skills and friendships that will continue beyond the school years.
Burn Bright delivers camps across Australia. Burn Bright’s prestigious National Leadership Camp is hosted every year in the July school holidays in Sydney. National Leadership Camp brings together 120 high school students from year 10 to 12 over 4 days to explore who they are as leaders and to develop and grow their capacity to serve others and their local communities in a fun and engaging way. Burn Bright also hosts the Perth College Leadership Camp for year 11 and 12 girls in Western Australia during the January school holidays.
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Our Burn Bright Leaders
Burn Bright Leaders lead by example. They have demonstrated the capacity, skill-sets and personal attributes to inspire their students to embrace the notion and actions required to become leaders themselves.
All Burn Bright programs have a minimum of two leaders irrespective of the size of the group, allowing them cater to the personalities and learning styles of all students. Every Burn Bright Leader is a strong communicator. When they talk to students our Leaders use real stories and life experiences that build credibility, rapport and a sense of a shared understanding.
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