"Women are often the foundation of a household and the glue that holds a community together. When we as women are feeling disconnected, that outreach is throughout the community. You can feel it."
Bunbury woman Rebecca Tichbon emanates a deep passion for women's wellbeing.
Through her involvement with Soroptimist International of Bunbury, Edith Cowan University, the South West Women's Health and Information Centre and her own wellness business combined, Ms Tichbon places an emphasis on the importance of good wellbeing for our community.
As a confident, young woman, it was first enduring a period of 'terrible things' around seven years ago that set Ms Tichbon off on her own journey of personal wellness.
"Everything culminated in the death of my youngest daughter who was born healthy but then passed away at two months old from a viral illness," Ms Tichbon said.
"As I came out of that recovery and went through my own sort of self care and finding ways to support myself through that process, I came to realise that there were lots of other women in our community that needed support for various things. And a lot of that was to do with social isolation."
In 2016, Ms Tichbon created her own wellness business, Titch Haven, offering aromatherapy, life coaching, hypnotherapy and women's wellbeing programs, including the creation of her 'Welcoming Women' group.
Group members of Welcome Women could benefit from life coaching, hypnotherapy and other alternative therapies.
It's a message that I really want to get out there. If you connect with other people, commit to things that are going to enhance your wellbeing, keep on learning new things and be physically active, you will feel better.Rebecca Tichbon
"It was one of the ways I supported myself through my grieving process and I ended up building a beautiful network around myself of other women like me that do amazing things. It's just grown from there."
"It was a way of adding magic to my life."
Ms Tichbon said she came across Soroptimist International of Bunbury in 2018, a group of volunteers who hold the collective aim of transforming the lives of women and girls.
With 2021 marking her first year as president of the group, Ms Tichborn this year started Grounded Women Gardening, a joint project with the South West Women's Health and Information Centre, which offers socially isolated women the opportunity to garden, support each other and discuss the importance of wellbeing.
She said the Women's Health Centre had always been supportive of her work in the community.
"My business, Soroptimist International of Bunbury and the Women's Health Centre are all partners of Act, Belong, Commit. It's a message that I really want to get out there. If you connect with other people, commit to things that are going to enhance your wellbeing, keep on learning new things and be physically active, you will feel better. And of course help others along the way."
Ms Tichbon said it was important to be aware of the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic for both women and men in the community.
"Despite not being directly affected in Bunbury, people are still feeling anxiety of the pandemic as well as the instability of the world."
"We can't travel, we can't see our family interstate or overseas, there's the whole debate over the vaccination; it can trigger a lot of things in people," Ms Tichbon said.
If you're feeling socially isolated or wanting to join a new group, Soroptimist International of Bunbury will host a fundraiser movie night on August 19 to raise funds for the Pink Belt Project, a charity project empowering women in need with a year of free martial arts training.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/SoroptimistInternationalBunbury.
"I encourage people, especially when we're in uncertain times in the global community, to make sure they're looking after their own wellbeing, and there's lots of ways that you can do that."