The lives of many people who fatally drown in rips, rivers and other waterways might be saved if they are taught to float to survive.
Most rip currents are recirculating and will bring you back to a sandbar, or to shore.
Floating gives swimmers of all levels a chance to assess where and how a rip is flowing, conserve energy and assess the situation. More competent swimmers may then decide to swim parallel to the beach to breaking waves.
As part of Australia’s long-term national health plan, there is a strategy designed to implement a preventive, integrated, whole-of-community approach to maintain and support the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 0−12. The new national strategy takes on board recommendations that GPs are central to the ongoing process. The emphasis is on looking at the child in a family or a community context. https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/new-children-s-mental-health-and-wellbeing-roadmap
This World Mental Health Day, Mental Health Australia are asking each of us to make a promise to ourselves for our own mental health. The message is simple, ‘look after your mental health, Australia’, and part of that is promising ourselves that we’re actually going to do so. You can check out more, and see what others have promised, here: https://lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/promise-wall/