Career Opportunity – Specialist Support Coordinator

MHACA’s Support Coordination Team assists NDIS participants with mental health difficulties and a permanent and significant disability to access quality formal and informal support services in their community. The Specialist Support Coordinator will have responsibility for establishing and maintaining a positive collaborative relationship with the participant. They will at times work with participants with complex

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Craft is good for the soul! Craft can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, loneliness and even dementia some community members report in recent large research studies. MHACA runs a craft group for people with mental health challenges every Thursday. Find more about the group activities at MHACA at mhaca.org.au/supportandrecovery/groupactivities/ ... See MoreSee Less

Craft is good for the soul! Craft can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, loneliness and even dementia some community members report in recent large research studies. MHACA runs a craft group for people with mental health challenges every Thursday. Find more about the group activities at MHACA at https://mhaca.org.au/supportandrecovery/groupactivities/

Keeping active is important for our mental health. Only one third of Australians are getting enough exercise. Australian guidelines recommend adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that can help with anxiety, depression and can improve your mood. You don’t have to run a marathon or join a sports team, even just a short work can make a difference.

If you need some support on getting started go to www.healthdirect.gov.au/tips-for-getting-active

For more healthy lifestyle tips go to mhaca.org.au/mentalhealthpromotion/communitywellbeing/healthyminds/
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Keeping active is important for our mental health. Only one third of Australians are getting enough exercise. Australian guidelines recommend adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that can help with anxiety, depression and can improve your mood. You don’t have to run a marathon or join a sports team, even just a short work can make a difference.

If you need some support on getting started go to https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/tips-for-getting-active

For more healthy lifestyle tips go to https://mhaca.org.au/mentalhealthpromotion/communitywellbeing/healthyminds/

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TeamHEALTH offers free mental health support to all Territorians between 8am-8pm 7 days a week via the TeamTALK phoneline. Call: 1800 TEAM 00 (1800 832 600)

You don’t need to have a mental illness, either now or in the past, to access TeamTALK. People can quickly access an experienced NT based counsellor or mental health recovery worker for a judgement free, confidential chat.

Why might you access TeamTALK?
• You don’t have many people or anyone you can talk to; you feel disconnected and isolated
• You simply want a neutral and confidential ‘sounding board’ to discuss some of your concerns, such as loss of job, business or other.
• You feel that you are increasingly stressed, and at risk of mental illness or relapsing
• You want some assistance with practical strategies to cope

#endthestigma #reachout
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TeamHEALTH offers free mental health support to all Territorians between 8am-8pm 7 days a week via the TeamTALK phoneline. Call:  1800 TEAM 00 (1800 832 600) 

You don’t need to have a mental illness, either now or in the past, to access TeamTALK.  People can quickly access an experienced NT based counsellor or mental health recovery worker for a judgement free, confidential chat.    

Why might you access TeamTALK? 
• You don’t have many people or anyone you can talk to; you feel disconnected and isolated 
• You simply want a neutral and confidential ‘sounding board’ to discuss some of your concerns, such as loss of job, business or other.  
• You feel that you are increasingly stressed, and at risk of mental illness or relapsing  
• You want some assistance with practical strategies to cope

#endthestigma #reachout

"The NDIS support coordination team has helped me in a good way. When I was depressed, when I was not happy, when I was emotional, when everything was hard at first. MHACA helps me with lots of things, including getting the stuff I really need.

The best thing about MHACA is that we can talk about anything, when we want to really get it out there instead of keeping it in all of the time. Sometimes you don’t know what is happening, but then with support you can see what’s happening now.

My hopes for the future is to return home and just enjoy my life."

Tiffany

For more information on MHACA NDIS Services email ndis@mhaca.org.au or call 89504600
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The NDIS support coordination team has helped me in a good way. When I was depressed, when I was not happy, when I was emotional, when everything was hard at first. MHACA helps me with lots of things, including getting the stuff I really need.

The best thing about MHACA is that we can talk about anything, when we want to really get it out there instead of keeping it in all of the time. Sometimes you don’t know what is happening, but then with support you can see what’s happening now.

My hopes for the future is to return home and just enjoy my life.

Tiffany 

For more information on MHACA NDIS Services email ndis@mhaca.org.au or call 89504600

In December MHACA hosted a visit by Minister Kate Worden, Minister for Territory Families & Urban Housing, Sport and Multicultural Affairs. Minister Worden also holds the Disability Portfolio. Minister Worden was interested to learn more about MHACA’s support services and Tenancy Support Program for people with mental health difficulties. Pictured here with Kelly Dennis, MHACA Support Coordination Manager, Merrilee Cox, MHACA CEO and Julian Kerr. ... See MoreSee Less

In December MHACA hosted a visit by Minister Kate Worden, Minister for Territory Families & Urban Housing, Sport and Multicultural Affairs. Minister Worden also holds the Disability Portfolio. Minister Worden was interested to learn more about MHACA’s support services and Tenancy Support Program for people with mental health difficulties. Pictured here with Kelly Dennis, MHACA Support Coordination Manager, Merrilee Cox, MHACA CEO and Julian Kerr.

Resolutions For A Mentally Healthier New Year
A new year provides the opportunity for a fresh approach however often New Year’s resolutions don’t work as people can set goals that are hard to achieve, and then feel bad about themselves if they don’t achieve them.

Be kind to yourself in 2021. Any small steps you make towards a healthier lifestyle will help support better mental health.

1. Eat More Vegetables – Eating a balanced diet supports good mental health. Reduce sugar and fatty foods and increase vegetable intake, especially leafy greens.
2. Exercise More – Aim to do some form of exercise each day. It doesn’t have to be a serious work out, even a walk around the block can boost endorphins and help you feel better.
3. Prioritise sleep – Getting enough sleep is critical for our mental health. Avoid caffeine and alcohol and try turning off screens an hour before bed.
4. Reduce time online – We know that too much screen time is bad for our health. Monitor your use, reduce time on social media and consider other ways to spend your time.
5. Practice self-care – In our busy world checking in with yourself and doing the things that support your wellbeing are important. Don’t feel guilty for having that bath or cup of tea.
6. Try mindfulness – Studies have shown that minfulness can help some people relax, reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Try taking some time to quieten your mind.
7. Connect with others – Keeping socially connected has a range of health benefits. Prioritise making time to connect with people around you or try joining a new social activity.
8. Reach out for help if you need – If you are feeling stressed or down make sure you reach out to family or friends, see your GP or access phone and online support services.
Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au Lifeline text service (evenings) 0477 13 11 14.
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
In an emergency, always call 000.
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Resolutions For A Mentally Healthier New Year
A new year provides the opportunity for a fresh approach however often New Year’s resolutions don’t work as people can set goals that are hard to achieve, and then feel bad about themselves if they don’t achieve them. 

Be kind to yourself in 2021. Any small steps you make towards a healthier lifestyle will help support better mental health.

1. Eat More Vegetables – Eating a balanced diet supports good mental health. Reduce sugar and fatty foods and increase vegetable intake, especially leafy greens.
2. Exercise More – Aim to do some form of exercise each day. It doesn’t have to be a serious work out, even a walk around the block can boost endorphins and help you feel better.
3. Prioritise sleep – Getting enough sleep is critical for our mental health. Avoid caffeine and alcohol and try turning off screens an hour before bed.
4. Reduce time online – We know that too much screen time is bad for our health. Monitor your use, reduce time on social media and consider other ways to spend your time.
5. Practice self-care – In our busy world checking in with yourself and doing the things that support your wellbeing are important. Don’t feel guilty for having that bath or cup of tea.
6. Try mindfulness – Studies have shown that minfulness can help some people relax, reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Try taking some time to quieten your mind.
7. Connect with others – Keeping socially connected has a range of health benefits. Prioritise making time to connect with people around you or try joining a new social activity.
8. Reach out for help if you need – If you are feeling stressed or down make sure you reach out to family or friends, see your GP or access phone and online support services.
Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au Lifeline text service (evenings) 0477 13 11 14. 
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
In an emergency, always call 000.

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