Mental Health Support During COVID-19

If you are feeling anxious or distressed, or are concerned about the mental health of someone else, MHACA can assist you to find the support you need in the local community and beyond. Phone 89504600 between 8am-4pm. Outside of these hours please use phone and online services that are available 24 hours a day. Lifeline

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Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

In recent weeks the global response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has escalated, making many people feel anxious and stressed. The Mental Health Association of Central Australia offers the following tips to help reduce anxiety during this time: Source information from credible sources Get information from official sources to avoid misinformation. For NT updates

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New MHACA resources encourage help seeking

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) has developed new printed resources to encourage people to seek help early for mental health challenges or suicidal thoughts. 1 in 5 Australians are experiencing mental ill health each year and recent figures (2017-2018 Australian Bureau Statistics) show that 1 in 8 Australians are currently experiencing high

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Supporting Communities in Responding to Suicide Being Used as a Threat

A resource tackling the issue of people using suicide as a threat has been redeveloped to assist Northern Territory community members and service providers to respond to this difficult issue. ‘’The Little Red Threat Book’’, originally published in 2007, has been revised and further developed by the Central Australian Life Promotion Network (LPN) with input

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Productivity Commission Draft Report Into Mental Health

Public comment closed this week to the Australian Productivity Commission Draft Report Into Mental Health. MHACA was broadly supportive of the draft report, however highlighted some key concerns in our submission: The draft report does not consider in depth the very key role of the community managed mental health support sector in assisting people with mental health

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Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health Draft Report Release

The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health Draft Report was released 31st October. The Productivity Commission estimated that mental illness costs Australia $180 billion annually. It noted that the rate of mental health presentations at emergency departments has risen by about 70 per cent over the past 15 years. The draft report has “documented long-standing

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Suicide Story Evaluation – Strong Evidence of Impact

Suicide Story is a program that was developed by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) in conjunction with Aboriginal people from the Central Australian and Barkly regions, following a spate of suicides in those areas in the early 2000’s. MHACA has been delivering this community capacity building approach to remote communities across the

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NDIS Transition Leaving People With Severe Mental Illness Behind

A report recently released by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) highlights some of the difficulties and barriers which are being experienced by people with a psychosocial disability in applying for the NDIS. MHACA is one of two organisations in the Northern Territory that have contributed data to the research being conducted by CMHA in conjunction

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Mental Health Worker of the Year

MHACA has been busy celebrating 2018 Mental Health Week. A highlight this year was recognition of the wonderful contribution Kath Broadbent has made to the mental health sector over many years. She was awarded Mental Health Worker of the Year by the Hon. Vicki OHalloran, Administrator of the Northern Territory at Government House on the

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RSVP now for a free film screening of My Year Of Living Mindfully 6pm Monday 30 November at the Alice Springs Cinema - mailchi.mp/b7978e8fa0b1/free-film-screening-my-year-of-living-mindfully ... See MoreSee Less

RSVP now for a free film screening of My Year Of Living Mindfully 6pm Monday 30 November at the Alice Springs Cinema - https://mailchi.mp/b7978e8fa0b1/free-film-screening-my-year-of-living-mindfully

The MHACA AGM is on Tuesday 24 of November 2020 at 4:30pm. Sign up to be a member of MHACA at mhaca.org.au/mhaca-membership/ and contact the MHACA office on 89504600 for Board Nomination Forms. Please RSVP by emailing info@mhaca.org.au or call 89504600. ... See MoreSee Less

The MHACA AGM is on Tuesday 24 of November 2020 at 4:30pm. Sign up to be a member of MHACA at https://mhaca.org.au/mhaca-membership/ and contact the MHACA office on 89504600 for Board Nomination Forms. Please RSVP by emailing info@mhaca.org.au or call 89504600.

MHACA is facilitating a free professional development workshop that has been designed to assist respite/support workers and service providers to support people with a disability to increase their understanding of sexuality, sexual health and relationships.

RSVP at events.humanitix.com/sexualityanddisability
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MHACA is facilitating a free professional development workshop that has been designed to assist respite/support workers and service providers to support people with a disability to increase their understanding of sexuality, sexual health and relationships.

RSVP at https://events.humanitix.com/sexualityanddisability

MHACA had a great day at the NAIDOC Community Day on Friday! Lots of people dropped by the stall, received information about mental health, and participated in our short survey on barriers to seeking help for mental health challenges. MHACA participants enjoyed the event also. Well done to all organisations and community members who supported NAIDOC week activities in Alice Springs.

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MHACA had a great day at the NAIDOC Community Day on Friday! Lots of people dropped by the stall, received information about mental health, and participated in our short survey on barriers to seeking help for mental health challenges. MHACA participants enjoyed the event also. Well done to all organisations and community members who supported NAIDOC week activities in Alice Springs.

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The “Feeling Sad Or Worried?” animation has been developed by MHACA and encourages community members to reach out if they are experiencing mental health difficulties. It provides contacts for organisations that can provide support. This animation is in the Warlpiri language.

There are often a number of barriers preventing people with mental health difficulties in seeking help. Many people don’t seek help until a crisis point is reached which impacts on the ability for the person to recover quickly and puts pressure on emergency services.

The key message is to reach out if your are feeling down, sad or worried as a number of supports are available.

The animation was produced by ITALK Studios.
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This FREE workshop supports adults (18+) with a cognitive disability or people on the autism spectrum to have greater understanding of sexuality and relationships. More information and RSVP link at mhaca.org.au/event/lets-talk-about-sexuality/ ... See MoreSee Less

This FREE workshop supports adults (18+) with a cognitive disability or people on the autism spectrum to have greater understanding of sexuality and relationships. More information and RSVP link at https://mhaca.org.au/event/lets-talk-about-sexuality/