Fostering Integration Grants - applications now open

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The Australian Government is inviting applications for its Fostering Integration Grants. The aim of the grants is to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and culturally diverse communities in Australia.

To be eligible, organisations must be not-for-profit and legally registered in Australia. Preferred organisations will: directly represent a specific culturally diverse community; and/or be strongly connected to a culturally diverse community; and have a physical presence in the community they are targeting.

For further information and to apply for a grant visit Fostering Integration Grants.

Applications close 5 November 2019


Mental Health Matters Award winners for 2019

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WayAhead has announced eight Mental Health Matters award winners for 2019. These individuals and organisations have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of communities in NSW over the previous year. Award winners include: Rainbow Waves Festival; Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy; Freelance Jungle; Warranggal Dhiyan – Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation; My Black Dog – FLING Physical Theatre; Dr Katherine Gill - FND Australia Support Services Incorporated; Connections Program – Mission Australia and NSW Commissioner’s Community Champion Award winner Dr Jonathan Ho.

Meet the winners and learn more about their projects here.


Intercultural Sounds and Movements

Group of disabled people playing musical instrumentsThe Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA) is running a new program where participants can interact with others through the universal language of sounds and movements. The program aims to give participants the opportunity to learn musical instruments, do gentle exercise, learn about other cultures, build new friendships, be creative, reduce stress and improve well-being. The program is for people with a disability who do not receive NDIS or disability funding and includes support from music therapist and musician. The MDAA welcomes people with disability, their families and carers ages 18-65 to join the program. The program starts in October 2019.

More information about Intercultural Sounds and Movements here.


Small grants for Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week


Your Baby is one in a million. Are you one in5? PNDA Awareness Week 2019Approximately 1 in 5 new and expectant birth parents and up to 1 in 10 non-birth parents experience problematic symptoms of perinatal anxiety and/or depression. Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week which will be held 10-16 November 2019, aims to raise awareness about perinatal depression and anxiety.

WayAhead have a number of small grants available for organisations and groups to assist with their events for PNDA week. You may apply for either $500 or $1000.

For more information and to apply for a grant visit the WayAhead website.


ABS releases cause of death data for 2018

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released cause of death data for 2018. The data provides in-depth data and statistical information around suicide related deaths across Australia. Mindframe supports media professionals to communicate and contextualise the statistical information safely to the public, through advice, infographics and downloadable summaries.

Key data reveals:

  • A total of 3,046 deaths by suicide (age-specific suicide rate 12.2 per 100,000), 2,320 males (18.7 per 100,000) and 726 females (5.8 per 100,000).
  • Consistently over the past 10 years, the number of suicide deaths was approximately three times higher in males than females.
  • All states and territories had a decrease in numbers of suicide deaths, except for New South Wales that had an increase from 880 in 2017 to 899 in 2018.

For further information about the data and to learn more about communicating about suicide visit the Mindframe website.


The consumer and carer perspective: Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, 2019

Fifth NationalThe National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) has released a new report outlining consumer and carer experiences of mental health care as part of its role in independently monitoring and reporting on progress of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (the Fifth Plan). In April 2019, the NMHC undertook a consumer and carer survey to determine whether actions being implemented under the Fifth Plan are translating into tangible improvements in how consumers and carers experience mental health care. The 2019 Consumer and Carer report highlights some frequently raised issues by consumers and carers and will inform the ongoing implementation of the Fifth Plan by its stakeholders.

To view the report visit the National Mental Health Commission website.


Applications for NSW Disability Council membership now open

Happy girl with her smiling brother who is in a wheelchairThe Disability Council is the official adviser to the NSW Government on issues affecting people with disability, their families and carers.
Applications for membership of the Disability Council NSW are now open. The NSW Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. Gareth Ward MP, will make recommendations on the appointment of up to five members to Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW. Membership terms are for up to four years duration.

In order for the Disability Council to represent the broad range of people with disability in NSW, people with the following backgrounds or experiences are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander
  • People from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background
  • Ageing (over 65) or young (under 25)
  • Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI) community
  • People from regional or rural NSW.

For more information or to make an application visit the NSW Disability Council Website.


R U OK? Day

RU OK Day 12 September 2019R U OK? Day is a national suicide prevention campaign being held on September 12 2019.

R U OK? Day is a day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life. By asking a family member, friend or workmate R U OK? you are starting a conversation that could help someone open up.

The R U OK? Day website provides resources to help you get the conversation started and information about what to do next.

Visit the R U OK Day Website for more information.


Human Library - Expression of Interest

To celebrate mental health month in October, Mental Health Carers NSW are hosting an event called ‘Human Library’ on 31 October 2019. The Human Library involves mental health carers (the ‘books’) sharing their experiences of caring and their personal recovery journey with an audience (the ‘readers’). Mental Health Carers NSW is  seeking speakers who are mental health carers from diverse backgrounds to participate in the event.

If you or anyone you know who would be interesting in being a speaker at this event please click here for more information (PDF 202KB).  Expressions of interest close 11 September 2019.


Hocking Fellowship Applications Now Open

Barbara Hocking OAM smilingSane Australia's Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC) is now accepting applications for the Hocking Fellowship Program. The Program provides two grants to support investigative projects within the field of complex mental health. The ADRC welcomes applications from any Australian citizen or permanent resident – including people living with mental illness and their carers, as well as mental health professionals and researchers.

The Hocking Fellowship and Hocking Community Award honour the late Barbara Hocking OAM (Executive Director of SANE Australia 1995–2012), who worked tirelessly to improve the wellbeing of all Australians affected by complex mental health issues.

For more information and to make an application visit the Hocking Fellowship webpage.


Building stronger families

Happy family playing in the parkBuilding Stronger Families is a 16-week group program that helps  to build family connections that are strong, respectful and caring during weekly group sessions for Arabic-speaking men who are new to Australia.

The program will help participants to gain a better understanding of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that impact relationships. Partiicants will also learn about the dynamics of power and control in families and of relationships between men and women in Australia. 

Groups are private and confidential and are run by Arabic-speaking facilitators. The program is free of charge and also provides social support for families. The program is provided by Relationships Australia in partnership with Settlement Services International.

Download a Flyer about the program in English (PDF 1101KB) or Arabic/ عربي (PDF 1060KB).

You can book this program by either calling 1300 364 277 or emailing: enquiries@ransw.org.au


Fathering across cultures

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Fathering across cultures is a new online guide for engaging new and expectant fathers from migrant and refugee backgrounds.  The Guide provides advice and practical tips on how to engage with new and expectant fathers from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and to better support them in understanding their role and expectations of parenting in Australia while maintaining their cultural values. Service providers will be better able to support the fathers in going through this significant change in their lives.

The Guide is accompanied by a mobile app for new and expectant fathers from migrant and refugee backgrounds with information on the first five years of fatherhood and where they can find support.

The Guide was developed by Migration Council Australia in collaboration with the Australian Government

For more information and to view the guide visit Fathering across cultures.


'Living Well' Mid-term Review

Living well mid-term reviewThe Government's ten year mental health strategy, Living Well, sets a direction to improve and reform mental health for all. At the halfway point in this decade long strategy, the Mental Health Commission of NSW is looking back at the first five years to see how the reforms have progressed.

The Commission has created the Living Well mid-term review survey to hear the views of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups, the mental health sector, and the wider community. With input from the survey, the Commission will be able to provide the Minister for Mental Health with clear directions on the future priority areas for Living Well, informed by lived experience, the community and those working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people. Complete the survey here.


Share the Journey at Liverpool Living Library

Liverpool Living Library 2 October 2019 at Liverpool Library
October is Mental Health Month and this year’s theme is Share the Journey. To celebrate Mental Health Month Liverpool Library is hosting a Living library. Come and listen to community members sharing personal stories of mental health and wellbeing at Liverpool's Living Library. The Living Library provides an opportunity to connect with people you may not normally have the occasion to speak to within your community and hear their stories.

When: 3 October 2019, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Liverpool City Libray, 170 George Street, Liverpool, NSW 2170

There is limited capacity so Register here now!
For further information contact Brendan Bennett Brendan.Bennett@health.nsw.gov.au or (02) 8738 5983


New Pebble in the Pond PodcastPebble in the Pond Mental Health Podcast -Flyer

Pebble in the Pond is a new podcast that hopes to create a ripple of change for mental health in Australia. The Podcast,  hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, presents interviews with the most fascinating and accomplished people in mental health today. Guests will include people with lived experience through to researcher, academics and influential industry leaders.

Episode One presents a Q&A with Lucy Brogden, the National Mental Health Commissioner. Discover Lucy Brogden's journey into the mental health industry. Hear how she balances life as a wife and carer to husband John, how she found a calling for her passion and how she became a key driver for workplace mental health.

You can listen to the podcast now on Spotify and Anchor.


NSW Wellbeing Survey 2019

NSW Wellbeing Survey 2019 logoWayAhead is asking people what good mental health and wellness looks like and what they need. The NSW Wellbeing Survey 2019 covers all aspects of life including community, workplaces and service providers. The survey asks 40 questions covering topics including contributing factors to good mental health and wellbeing, stigma and discrimination, anxiety, the public understanding of mental health, the needs and experiences of carers, the role of workplaces and what regional and remote parts of NSW need.

The NSW Wellbeing Survey 2019 is open from 1 August – 31 October 2019. The results will be publicly released in early 2020 and will help inform the future work of WayAhead. Complete the survey here


Fathers and Partners Survey for NSW Health Maternity Care Policy Review


Father and Child Image by Rajesh Balouria from PixabayNSW Health is developing a new Maternity Care policy, which will set the direction for maternity care across the state and wants to hear from both male and female partners of new mothers or pregnant women, particularly if your partner has received maternity care in NSW in the last 5 years. 
The purpose of this survey is to hear about your experiences of your partner’s pregnancy, birth and follow up care, so that we can make sure that the policy reflects your needs. The survey is mostly multiple choice, and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be completely confidential and no identifying information will be collected, shared or used in any reports. Click here to complete the survey.

Making Connections with your Mental Health and Wellbeing

Making connections with Your Mental Health and Wellbeing Logo with red ochre background with brown and blue squiggly lineThe National Mental Health Commission has launched a national conversation on a 2030 Vision for mental health and suicide prevention, known as the Connections project. The Commission will be visiting communities in 23 cities and towns across Australia during July, August and September for their input into this national conversation.

Everyone involved in mental health and suicide prevention, especially people with living experience, their carers, families and supporters are invited to attend community Town Hall meetings. For those that cannot attend meetings, the Commission will be opening an online survey soon. 
You can register to attend a meeting and find out more about the Connections project at www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/our-work/connections. Please note, as meeting venues are booked, registration will become available on the Commission's website. 


New Anglicare Service provides Mental Health Community Living Supports for Refugees
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Anglicare Mental Health Community Living Supports for Refugees is a new program that aims to provide trauma-informed, recovery- oriented, culturally safe and responsive psychosocial supports to refugees and asylum seekers who are experiencing psychological distress, mental ill health and impaired functioning.

The program will be provided within the Western Sydney Local Health District – based in Parramatta and Mt Druitt commencing 1st of July 2019

For further information visit the Anglicare website here or contact David Ip, Senior Program Manager, Mental Health Services at david.ip@anglicare.org.au.


Seeking Mental Health Carers for Carer Experience of Survey Review Meeting

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NSW Health’s ‘InforMH’ and Mental Health Carers NSW Inc, (MHCN), are supporting the roll-out of the Mental Health Carer Experience Survey (CES). The CES asks carers about their experience of engagement and support by public mental health services. 

To make the survey more accessible an online version is currently being developed. MHCN are seeking feedback on the online Mental Health Carer Experience Survey. If you take part in the review you will be asked to attend a meeting where you will view the online survey and discuss your feedback and suggestions with the group. The meeting will be held on Thursday 1 August 2019 from  10:00am – 1:00pm at Collective Purpose Offices of Mental Health Carers NSW Inc., Level 5, Suite 501, 80 William Street, WOOLLOOMOOLOO NSW 2011.

If you are interested in attending please contact: Laura Knight, 02 9332 0777, laura.knight@mentalhealthcarersnsw.org


The Lancet Psychiatry Commission: a blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness

Two young women working out at gymThe Lancet Psychiatry Commission has released a new blueprint for protecting the physical health of people with a mental illness. Poor physical health drastically reduces life expectancy for people with mental illness, and also increases the personal, social, and economic burden of mental illness across the lifespan. The Commission's report summarises advances in understanding on the topic of physical health in people with mental illness, and presents clear directions for health promotion, clinical care, and future research.

The report can be downloaded free of charge from Lancet Psychiatry after registration


Regional Youth Taskforce

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The NSW Minister for Regional Youth’s NSW Regional Youth Taskforce is calling for applications. Applications are being sought from children and young people aged between 12–24 years living outside of Greater Sydney and the local government areas of Newcastle and Wollongong. The Regional Youth Taskforce provides an avenue of communication between the children and young people of NSW and the NSW Government. Applications are particularly sought from children and young people from diverse backgrounds, life experiences and from different locations around the State. 
For further Information and to apply, visit www.nsw.gov.au/regional-youth-taskforce or call 1300 315 954.


Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program Study

Hands cupping soil and seedling against blurred nature backgroundThe Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program (RTRP) at the University of New South Wales has launched a research study evaluating a new PTSD treatment program for Arabic speaking refugees (download a Flyer in Arabic about the program here PDF 752KB). This is a short-term intervention looking at how emotion regulation training can improve responses to trauma-focused therapy. RTRP are currently accepting clients who speak Arabic and have a refugee or asylum-seeker background. This service is a free, confidential treatment program, which will take place at Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Sydney (near Westmead Hospital). For further information visit the RTRP website.


20th International Mental Health Conference

Group of diverse people attending workshopThe 2019 International Mental Health Conference will be held from Wednesday 31 July – Friday 2 August at Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast. Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading clinical practitioners, academics, and mental health experts, the 2019 International Mental Health Conference continues in its 20th year to network, share research, projects and formulate ideas for change for those living with mental health conditions. The three-day program will include keynote addresses, speaker presentations, workshops, poster presentations and ample networking opportunities.

For more information visit the International Mental Health Conference website. 


Living Well: mid term review

Have your say on mental health reform in NSW
The Mental Health Commission of NSW would like to invite people with lived experience of mental health issues, carers, community members and representatives of community organisations to participate in a consultation about the mid-term review of ‘Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014 – 2024, the 10-year plan for mental health reform in NSW’.

For more information about the consultation and how you can participate click here.


2019 Australian Mental Health Prize launched 

Australian Mental Health Prize
Professor Gordon Parker, UNSW Sydney Scientia Professor of Psychiatry and Founder of the Black Dog Institute, has launched the 2019 Australian Mental Health Prize at UNSW.

The prize, now in its fourth year, is a great opportunity to recognise and acknowledge Australians working tirelessly in mental health. Nominations are now open for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of mental health or the prevention and treatment of mental illness. 

To enter, nominees must provide a CV and 200 words outlining the work being undertaken and how it is making an impact. For nomination forms and more information visit the Australian Mental Health Prize website. Entries close on 30 August 2019.


Planning, Promoting, Delivering and Evaluating Community-based Mental Health and Wellbeing Events

TMHC is presenting a workshop that aims to provide participants with the skills needed to effectively plan, promote, deliver and evaluate community-based events with a focus on Mental Health Month 2019. 
Balloon behind Mental Health Month Share the Journey 2019 logoPresentation by:
Michele Sapucci, TMHC Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Program Leader
Event details:
Date: Thursday, 13 June 2019, 9:00 am – 12.30 pm
Venue: River Room, Transcultural Mental Health Centre, Building 55, Cumberland Campus, 5 Fleet St, North Parramatta
Cost: FREE

Download a Flyer about this TransFORUM here (PDF).
Places are limited please Please register by: Tuesday 11 June 2019
For more information and to register click here.


Multicultural Health Communication (MHC) Awards 2019 now open!

Multicultural Health Communication Awards 2019 logo with multicoloured starNSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) is pleased to announce that the Multicultural Health Communication (MHC) Awards 2019 are officially open for applications.

The aim of the MHC Awards is to recognise excellence in multicultural health communication across NSW Health and health funded NGOs.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Parliament House in Sydney which will be held in conjunction with the launch of Multicultural Health Week on Monday 2 September 2019. 
Applications close Friday 28th June 2019.

Applications can be submitted online, via email or in hard copy. For more information on eligibility, criteria and how to submit an application, please visit: Multicultural Health Communication Award.


MAYDAYS for Eating Disorders - Open Doors to Carer Support

ButterflyMAYDAYS for Eating Disorders is Butterfly's annual awareness and advocacy campaign which takes place nationally throughout the month of MAY. Each year, the campaign draws on the experiences of Australians to highlight key concerns relating to eating disorders, and calls for change!
This year the campaign is sounding the alarm in Australia on the struggle of more than two million people in Australia who play a crucial role in the care, support, and recovery of people with eating disorders. 

This year, Butterfly conducted a consultative survey asking Australians to share their experiences on caring for a loved one experiencing an eating disorder. Check out the results of the survey and find out more about what you can do to contribute to the campaign here. 


Accessing the NDIS? Co-Design Focus Group with CALD communities

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is conducting a co-design process alongside people with lived experience, their family, carers, supporters, advocates and service providers to improve existing materials reimagine.today and create new supporting resources about the NDIS. Co-design provides an opportunity for people to contribute in a respectful, safe and supported environment. The MHCC process is focusing  on people from culturally and linguistic diverse communities and will include a series of 3 face to face focus groups, as well as other opportunities for participation.

Happy diverse group of peopleYou are invited to attend the first co-design group:
Date: 23 May 2019
Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: TBC Parramatta

To register your interest or for any questions contact: Rebecca on 02 9555 8388 ext 113 or rebecca@mhcc.org.au

Download further information in your language - Arabic (PDF 376 KB), English (PDF 744 KB), Chinese (PDF 474 KB), Hindi (PDF 392 KB), Vietnamese (PDF 421 KB)


'Exercise your mood' 4 - 12 May 2019

Woman walking along beautiful coastal trackThe Black Dog Institute has launched a new campaign that encourages Australians to get more active.  Exercise Your Mood Week is being held from 4 - 12 May 2019. The Institute says that research shows just one hour of exercise a week can improve mental well being and reduce the risk of developing depression. Regular exercise can: improve  memory, focus and thinking skills; improve  sleep so you feel more energised the next day; reduces stress and anxiety; prevent depression; build your coping and resilience; help distract from negative thoughts; give you a sense of accomplishment and offers opportunities to socialise with others. 

For more information about the campaign and tips on incorporating more exercise into your life visit the Black Dog Institute website


Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood

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Ever wondered what health care is like in a refugee camp? Have you ever put yourself in the shoes of your refugee clients?  Visit a simulated refugee camp in Auburn and join a tour specifically for health professionals. The Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood's Health tours are delivered by guides from a range of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, and refugee health staff. The tour will assist health professionals to: gain an understanding of how the refugee experience can impact on well-being, develop an understanding of health related risk-factors for this group and develop strategies to improve access and ability to engage effectively with people from a refugee background.

The 2 hour health tours are being held on 7 August only.
Click here to download a flyer about this event or click here to book online.


Small Grants for Mental Health Month 2019 - Workshops

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If you belong to a community organisation and want to empower your community, these workshops are for you...

Each October, New South Wales celebrates Mental Health Month. WayAhead awards more than 50 small grants each year to help communities and organisations plan events and projects for Mental Health Month. One of the categories is specifically for community organisations, groups, or initiatives who engage Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities.

WayAhead, and the Transcultural Mental Health Centre are running a series of 3 workshops to help you plan your event and apply for the grants.
Click here for more information. 


Settlement Outcomes of Syrian-conflict Refugee Families in Australia

DecorativeThree major Australian universities (University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney) are collaborating to investigate the experiences of Syrian conflict refugees in Australia. The study will also include findings from New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the UK where large Syrian refugee communities also live. The study aims to  capture the  stories and experiences of Syrian families in Australia in order to provide a better understanding of the process of building new lives as refugees in a new land. Settlement is not a speedy process in any circumstance, so the research will cover the early settlement journey over a 3-year period.
If you and your family or someone you know would like to contribute to the study by sharing your story of  settling in Australia please contact the researchers on (02) 8778 1200 or Email iman@wsmrc.org.au or visiting Western Sydney MRC at 108 Moore Street, Liverpool NSW 2170.


Nominations now open for the 2019 Mental Health Matters Awards

WayAhead is calling for nominations for the 2019 Mental Health Matters Awards. Mental Health Matters Awards LogoThe Mental Health Matters Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of communities in NSW. You can nominate someone you know doing excellent work in mental health, yourself or a program you work for/with. Awards are offered in a range of categories including the Community Initiative Award which recognises  small, community-run groups, projects or events that aim  to improve the mental health and wellbeing of marginalised communities, particularly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.

Nominations for the Mental Health Matters Awards will close 5:00pm 7 June 2019.

For more information or to make a nomination visit the WayAhead website. 


Use of Translation Apps and Websites in Health Care Settings

This research study is being conducted by the South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub (SEaRCH), which is a partnership between the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

The purpose of the study is to understand the nature and extent, as well as potential risks and benefits of using translation apps and websites during clinical encounter.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a health care professional or administrative staff employed by one of the LHDs participating in the project. Participation in the study involves completing an anonymous online survey, which will take about 10 to 15 minutes. The survey includes questions regarding your use of translation apps and websites during interactions with patients.

For more information and to check your eligibility visit the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity website.     


RTRP Treatment Program for PTSD

The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program (RTRP) at the University of New South Wales is offering an evidence-based and culturally sensitive treatment program to help refugees or asylum-seekers with an Arabic-speaking background overcome symptoms related to traumatic events. All services are free and confidential. The treatment program will take place at Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Sydney (near Westmead Hospital).

For further information or to make a referral to the program click here. 


Launch of #StigmaPledge campaign

#Stigma PledgeSANE Australia and Everymind are pleased to announce the launch of the #StigmaPledge campaign. The campaign aims to reduce mental health stigma during the upcoming election period. The campaign will encourage all Members of Parliament, candidates and political journalists to agree to sign the #StigmaPledge and uphold a standard of speech that adheres to the Mindframe guidelines.

There is an increasing  concern  about the use of unsafe language, myths, stereotypes and stigmatising language in political discourse. With the federal election fast approaching, Sane Australia and Everymind want to emphasise the importance of avoiding language that stigmatises mental health issues. Negative and unsafe references to descriptive phrases such as ‘political suicide’, ‘suicide economy’, among others, can have a harmful effect on those living with mental health issues and may inadvertently prevent people from seeking help and support.

For more information and to pledge your support visit Stigma Pledge 2019.


Call for Papers - Transcultural Psychiatry

DecorativeThe journal 'Transcultural Psychiatry' is calling for papers for its upcoming special issue on 'Training in Culture and Migration Mental Health'. The aim of this issue is to draw attention to the importance of education and training in cultural psychiatry and psychotherapy to increase the capacity of professionals and mental health care systems to respond to the needs of culturally diverse populations, including refugees, asylum seekers, ethnic minorities and undocumented migrants. The editors are inviting  original manuscripts on research related to training and education in the field of culture and migration mental health. 

Click here for more information about submitting an article (PDF 67KB) 


Caring for Someone with Anxiety and/or Depression Survey

Young women standing behind her mother with hands on her shoulderEverymind is currently developing a new online program to support the mental health of carers of people experiencing anxiety and/or depression. Click here to participate in a 15 minute survey about your support and information needs in relation to your caring role. For more information, please contact Victoria Clack at victoria.clack@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au, or phone 02 4924 6900.

Open for application: Grants to fund Lived Experience projects across NSW

Lived experience Framework CoverThe NSW Mental Health Commission is calling for expressions of interest for community grants to increase the participation, influence and leadership of people with a lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups.

The Lived Experience Framework grants, open now until Friday 12 April 2019, will offer between $2,000 and $10,000 to fund planning and seeding projects across NSW to support the implementation of the Lived Experience Framework. The grants aim to assist organisations to increase the participation, influence and leadership of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups in your service or organisation. Successful applications must show a co-design concept or efforts to work towards a co-design approach.

For more information and to make an application visit the NSW Mental Health Commission Website. 


Invitation to participate in Survey - Multicultural Settlement Services Supporting Women Experiencing Violence

Sad womanService providers are invited to participate in this research project which aims to strengthen the support provided by settlement and multicultural services to migrant and refugee women who have experienced violence. The project is being conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne, the University of Tasmania, Flinders University and the Multicultural Centre for Women's Health.

Complete the survey here


Information for the media following the Christchurch shooting

Mindframe reminder for responsible reporting on the Christchurch shooting (PDF 653KB) 

The risks of linking extremist behaviour and mental illness - Joint Statement Mindframe & StigmaWatch   (PDF 368KB)


Harmony Day 21 March 2019

Harmony Day 21 March 2019Harmony Day in NSW is celebrated on 21 March each year to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.  The theme 'Everyone Belongs' promotes inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world. It is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community.

Harmony Day is marked by a wide range of events that celebrate the great diversity of our population. Find out more about what is happening on Harmony Day by visiting the Harmony Day website. 


Become a Consumer Voice for the Gambling Impact Society

The Gambling Impact Society NSW (GIS) is currently looking for peer educators to be trained to join its Consumer Voices Project.

Gambling Impact Society Logo in colourThe Consumer Voices project is a Health Promotion Community Education program which aims to increase community awareness and education about problem gambling and its impacts.

The project would like to hear from anyone who has had experiences with gambling problems. This includes people who have experienced gambling problems themselves and/or family members who have been affected. The project is looking for people who are working on their own recovery and once trained to ‘tell a personal story’ safely and professionally, would be willing to share their experiences.

If you are interested in participating in this project, or if you would like to find out more, please contact Kate Roberts, GIS Executive Officer and project coordinator at info@gisnsw.org.au or download a leaflet about the project here (PDF 61KB)


SBS Media Mentorship - Community Project - Expression of Interest 

DecorativeThe SBS Media Mentorship Program (a Macquarie University based program for culturally and linguistically diverse students studying media) is looking for a Community Project on which these students can focus to develop their media skills. This Community Project will ideally
involve a key event or activity happening in a CALD community. For example, if a cultural event, awards dinner or fundraiser is happening, the students can film the event to create a short video, conduct interviews with community members to create audio Podcasts, create a social media campaign for awareness and fundraising and create a photo gallery of the event. 

For more information download the Expression of Interest Form here (PDF 263KB).


The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health


The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health

The Australian Productivity Commission has released an issues paper to assist individuals and organisations to prepare submissions for the upcoming inquiry into the economic impacts of mental ill-health. The issues paper outlines a range of issues on which the Commission seeks information and feedback.


Initial submissions are due by Friday 5 April 2019.

More information


National Communications Charter


The National Communications Charter takes a unified approach to guide the way we talk about mental health and wellbeing, social and emotional wellbeing, mental ill-health and suicide prevention with each other and the community. Developed by Life in Mind, the Charter is a document designed to guide the way organisations talk about mental health and suicide prevention, with each other and with the community.
The Charter aims to help everyone better understand the power that words and the way we use language can have when talking about mental illness and suicide. The Charter sets out broad and strategic communication principles and key messages about mental health and wellbeing, social and emotional wellbeing, mental ill-health and suicide prevention.

Find out more about the Charter here.


NSW Carers Advisory Council - Current vacancies

NSW Carers Advisory Council. Can you give carers a voice?Applications are currently invited for Aboriginal, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) or youth membership of the NSW Carers Advisory Council. The NSW Carers Advisory Council (the Council)  aims to advance the interests of carers.  There are up to three vacancies for Aboriginal, CALD or young people who have personal experience as a carer, or who have relevant professional, academic or community experience in issues affecting these groups of carers in NSW and passion for advancing the interests of carers.  The Council provides advice to the NSW Government on legislation, policy and other matters relating to carers. The Council meets approximately four (4) times a year in Sydney. Applications Close 5pm, Monday 18 February 2019
Visit the NSW Carers Advisory Council website for more information about the Council and the recruitment process.
To make an application click here.

Beat the Heat

Senior man in sun hat with bottle of waterAs this January shapes up as the hottest on record in NSW it is important to be aware of the things we can do to stay healthy during the heat. 
Heat waves can cause illness, hospitalisations and sometimes death. It is important that everybody is aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness in order to recognise and treat affected people promptly. 

The best way to prevent heat-related illness is to drink plenty of water and to stay as cool as possible. The NSW Health website provides advice about staying healthy during hot weather

You can also download a range of multilingual resources with tips to beat the heat and stay healthy from the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) website.  


Do you identify as LGBTIQ & culturally and linguistically diverse?

Four diverse people clasping hands above rainbow flagIf you also live in or call western Sydney home Western Sydney University is interested in hearing from you. The University, LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Interagency and ACON is conducting research about your relationship with your family, especially in the light of the Marriage Equality debate in 2017.

The online survey will take 20 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and will ask about your relationship to your family as well as the impact of the 2017 Marriage Equality debate on your relationship to family. 

The survey can be accessed here. 


NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program

Interpreter Scholarship ProgramMulticultural NSW is offering fully funded scholarships for people who speak certain languages to participate in an interpreter training course at TAFE NSW. Course graduates will be eligible to become Recognised Practicing Interpreters with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters, and may be offered employment opportunities with Multicultural NSW. 
The program is offered to people who meet the eligibility criteria and speak Assyrian, Burmese, Chaldean, Greek, Italian, Kirundi, Khmer, Kurmanji Kurdish, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepalese, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tongan, Pashto, Rohingya, Samoan, Somali and Vietnamese.

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Six new Deputy Commissioners to join reform efforts

15 January 2019

Mental Health Commission logoThe NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey has welcomed the announcement of eight part-time Deputy Commissioners, with the appointment of six new Deputy Commissioners and the re-appointment our two existing Deputy Commissioners.

The six new Deputy Commissioners include Daniel Angus, Tom Brideson, Toni Garretty, Tim Heffernan, Jenna Roberts and Pam Rutledge, who will be working alongside re-appointed Conjoint Associate Professor Martin Cohen and Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA.
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Advances in Cross-Cultural Mental Health of the Older Person


Mental health clinicians working in NSW public health services are invited to attend this workshop on cross-cultural mental health of older people. This workshop offers an opportunity for mental health clinicians to build their knowledge, clinical skills and confidence in working with older people from culturally and liGrandfather and grandsonnguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds.  
Date: Wednesday 20 February 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: River Room, Transcultural Mental Health Centre, Building 55, Cumberland Campus, 5 Fleet St, North Parramatta
Cost: FREE
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