9 October to 15 October 2016
Who should get involved?
INDIVIDUALS & COMMUNITY GROUPS
- Invite others to join in — friends, family, neighbours, team and work mates
- Get your local networks involved — schools, councils, community and sporting organisations and businesses
Make an effort to be inclusive of everyone in the community, or plan an event for particular groups, such as:
- People with lived experience, their family members and carers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- People with culturally diverse backgrounds
- LGBTIQ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer)
- Young people
- Older people
- Organise your own event — ask your employees to coordinate an event
- Invite a mental health organisation — many organisations share their specialist knowledge about maintaining mental health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
- Partner with community organisations — Join in and support one of the many community-led events happening in your area (Search events)
- Show your support — you don’t have to host an event, just show your support by putting the mental health week logo on your website for the week (link) or sharing information resources with your employees
- Sponsor an event — There are some excellent community events to support, for a very small investment.
Quest Community Newspapers
Quest Community News is a proud sponsor of Queensland Mental Health Week and has a long, proud history of serving the community by providing the best source of local news and events. From championing local issues to celebrating local achievements and providing a voice for the community, Quest keeps you up to date with what’s important to you. Don’t miss out on all the updates – grab the paper each week, visit questnews.com.au or follow us on social media.
Canefields Clubhouse is a NGO operating psycho-social rehabilitation for adults experiencing mental illness in Logan-Beaudesert area of Brisbane. Canefields Clubhouse provides hundreds of members in our community with an opportunity to experience meaningful and productive lives.
From humble beginnings in 2000, Canefields Clubhouse commenced operating with unpaid volunteers from a small private residence Beenleigh with no funding to where we are today – an Incorporated Association with Charity Status operating from large and expanding premises.
Canefields Clubhouse is one of fifteen clubhouses in Australia.
Communify provides a range of direct service delivery and support programs as well as community development and community education activities that are developed in response to community interests and needs. We provide information and referral for a range of issues including family relationships, parenting support, housing and homelessness, emotional well-being and mental health. We also offer financial inclusion programs including budgeting, financial counselling and emergency relief for people experiencing financial difficulties. Within our broad range of community education programs people can learn new skills, meet new people, form playgroups, sing in choirs, get fit at an exercise class, join a book club or belong to a self-help group.
Grow is a national not-for-profit consumer based organization, that provides a peer supported program for growth and personal development to people with a mental health condition or illness and those experiencing difficulty in coping with life’s challenges. Odd socks day, an initiative by Grow, is a light-hearted approach to remind people that anyone can have an odd day, and that stigma is still one of the greatest barriers to people seeking help and recovering from a mental illness.
Mates in Construction
The MATES in Construction program is based on the simple idea that “suicide is everyone’s business” and that if the building and construction industry in Australia is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of workers and to reduce suicide then it cannot be left to the mental health professionals, but rather everyone in the industry must play their part.
Mental Awareness Foundation (MAF)
The Mental Awareness Foundation aim is to support charities that are working directly with communities who are implementing strategies to raise awareness of depression and mental illness, while supporting the preservation of life.The Mental Awareness Foundation is all about delivering a Fun, exciting, informative, exhilarating experiences within communities. Such events allow us to support charities that are raising awareness on Depression and Mental Illness to also be accepted and recognised. There comes a time in your life that you realise that giving back to your community is simply an awesome achievement and feeling. Today, Mental Awareness Foundation is run by a union of individuals who are making a difference in society.Register for this year’s walk at www.walkforawareness2016.com.au
Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ)
MIFQ (Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland) provides specialised programs and services for people living with mental illness, their families and carers. Our work encompasses metropolitan, regional and rural Queensland, supporting thousands of people each year. At MIFQ, we believe in recovery and our team applies an empowerment approach to support.
Open Minds Australia
Open Minds delivers mental health, disability and employment supports and we are a registered NDIS provider. Our team works to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options focused on the individual needs of each person. This includes supports streams encompassing my life, my job, my health, my home and my community. At the heart of what we do is a commitment to working alongside individuals and focusing on their strengths to enable personal achievement and recovery.
Richmond Fellowship Queensland
RFQ is a not for profit company that is a well-respected leader in the provision of psychosocial mental health services, serving the Queensland community for over 40 years. Richmond Fellowship was founded in Richmond, England, in 1959 and there are sister organisations in over 30 countries. RFQ is a member of the Richmond Fellowship Asia Pacific Forum and Richmond Fellowship Australia. RFQ builds on its traditional values and strong mission focus with our own progressive thinking, advanced research and best practice service delivery. The organisation provides a professional work environment with a commitment to the development of its leadership team and all staff. RFQ also provides an ethos where people can find meaning in the higher purpose of community service.
SOLAS is a community based mental health organisation supporting people in northern and western Queensland. SOLAS has been supporting people living with mental health conditions for 20 years! In addition to providing quality individual and group support, SOLAS works with the wider community to build awareness and education for mental health.
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc.
Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) is the peak body representing the community managed mental health sector in Queensland. We support our members, the wider mental health community and individuals with lived mental health experience. Representing and supporting more than 100 services and groups that meet the needs of people who experience mental health issues. We are the voice of the community managed mental health sector, providing advocacy and member services, community consultation, stakeholder engagement and capacity-building and development.
We work towards a vision of strong, inclusive and resilient mental health communities. We promote the values and professionalism of our members by focusing on outcomes, building innovative partnerships; carving a role for community mental health in the healthcare continuum and promoting the meaningful integration of community mental health services into the broader health system.
Queensland Mental Health Commission
The Queensland Mental Health Commission is a statutory body established to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders by driving ongoing reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health, drug and alcohol system.
To do this, the Commission brings together experience and professional expertise by partnering with the community, government, and industry, as well as with consumers and service users, their families and carers. The Commission’s work extends beyond the health system and acknowledges the many needs and issues faced by those experiencing mental health difficulties and substance use problems.
Through these partnerships, the Commission finds solutions and guides action to improve the systems that support people with, or at higher risk of, mental health difficulties or problems with substance use, as well as their families, carers, support persons, and the Queensland community.
Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland (MIFNQ)
MIFNQ has been providing mental health community services across North, North West and Far North Queensland for over 30 years. With offices in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Charters Towers it reaches out to many people in regional and rural Queensland to build community and individual capacity to support and enable people to achieve good mental health and resilience through the delivery of:
- Education, early intervention and prevention activities.
- Tailored individual and group support programs.
- Stigma reduction activities.
- Community engagement and development.
- A place to feel welcome.
- Peer support from those who care for or live with a mental illness.
- Relevant and up to date information.
- Connections to local services and networks.
- The backing of a national network guaranteeing quality of service.
The Department of Health provides leadership and direction, and works collaboratively to enable Queensland’s healthcare system to deliver quality services that are safe and responsive.
These services are delivered by the department and a network of delivery agencies, including 16 Hospital and Health Services (HHS), aged care providers, private facilities, non-government organisations, general practitioners and allied health professionals.
The Department and its partners strive to provide better health outcomes for all Queenslanders through continuous improvement and innovation, to deliver the greatest health benefit with the available resources.