2020

Heart Foundation Walk

Ended — at Andy McNeil Room, Alice Springs Town Council

Walk for World Mental Health Day Exercise and being out in nature often can make us feel better. On World Mental Health Day join the Alice Springs Heart Foundation Walking Group and enjoy walking with company. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities, Heart Foundation Walking is free (and on every Saturday). Dogs on

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Stress Less in the Park

Ended — at Alice Springs Town Council Lawns

Stress Less in the Park is a feature event of Mental Health Week and provides a community focus on mental health and wellbeing. The event aims to break down stigma in the community around mental health conditions, raise awareness about local service options and provide educational information for consumers and carers. The event is free

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Relaxation Workshops

Ended — at Lasseters Health Club

This 1 hour workshop provides an introduction to mindfulness and meditation, includes breath work, gentle yoga and guided meditation/relaxation practices. These techniques can calm our nervous system which aids our physical, emotional and mental state. Workshop Instructor: Fiona Gordon. Fiona has extensive experience as a remedial massage therapist, lymphoedea specialist and yoga therapist. Children above 5 years

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Morning Tea at MHACA

Ended — at MHACA

Join us for morning tea and to learn more about the work of MHACA during Mental Health Week. With a guest presentation by Congress Health Promotion Team.

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My Year Of Living Mindfully Film Screening

Ended — at Alice Springs Cinema

In the midst of a global mental health crisis, millions of people have turned to mindfulness. But does it actually make us happier and healthier? In a world-first experiment, journalist Shannon Harvey recruited a team of scientists to put mindful meditation to the test. Throughout her year of living mindfully Shannon is poked, prodded, scanned

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Mental Health Week Launch

Ended — at Yayes Cafe

Join the Mental Health Association of Central Australia, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT and headspace Alice Springs for the Central Australian launch of Mental Health Week. With a Welcome to Country, speakers, mental health information, music and refreshments. With a live performance by Xavia – musician // cellist // singer-songwriter Mental Health Week is

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Carers Tea For Me

Ended — at Olive Pink Botanic Garden Gallery

A free social morning tea to appreciate the carers in our community including information on how to support mental health and wellbeing and access Carer Gateway services. Please RSVP: info@mhaca.org.au or 89504600

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All That Jazz

Ended — at St Mary's Chappel

Fundraising Concert An outdoor jazz afternoon in support of the ‘Suicide Bereavement Support Group’ facilitated by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA). Musicians are Nicola and Peter Gilham, Paul Box and includes students from St Philip’s College. Plus view the stunning Robert Czako mural in the chapel. This event is free but donations

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Working Together To Keep Each Other Safe

Ended — at ASTC Council Chamber Lawns

Come together and remember those who have died by suicide, acknowledge those who have lost loved ones and hear about the work that is being done to keep people safe. With an Acknowledgement of Country, Smoking Ceremony, Speakers, Music and BBQ.

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Morning Tea For Women’s Mental health

Ended — at ASTC Council Chamber Lawns

Join the Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA), Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT (MIFANT) and Headspace Alice Springs to shine a spotlight on mental health and wellbeing during Women’s Health Week 2020. With cupcakes and cups of tea, speakers and information on mental health and wellbeing.

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Mental Health Professionals Interagency

Ended — at ZOOM

A bimonthly meeting for Alice Spring mental health professionals and service providers to come together and connect around mental health issues, health promotion, training and events. MHACA acknowledges the importance of sector networking, shared professional development opportunities, information sharing and working towards common goals in the provision of our services. Facilitating a Mental Health Professionals

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Overcoming Adversity To Be Inspired

Ended — at Olive Pink Botanic Garden Gallery

An International Women’s Day Event 12pm-1pm Tuesday 10th March Olive Pink Botanic Garden Gallery Feature Presentation: Rosemary Wanganeen With Welcome To Country By Kumalie Riley Rosemary Wanganeen is a proud SA Aboriginal woman. and founder of the Australian Institute for Loss and Grief. As a Griefologist, Rosemary brings over 30 years of personal and professional

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Training for People with Lived Experience of Suicide Bereavement

Ended — at MHACA

The Mental Health Association Of Central Australia (MHACA) is establishing a Suicide Bereavement Support Group in 2020. As part of this project, we are offering free Specialist Suicide Loss and Grief Training delivered over two days to people with lived experience of suicide bereavement on 12 and 26 February 2020. The training is being led

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Book Launch: Little Red Threat Book

Ended — at Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council

The Central Australian Life Promotion Network (LPN) has recently redeveloped the Little Red Threat Book in consultation with community members. The book provides a community response to the concerning issue of suicide being used as a threat. Join the LPN and special guests to launch this important community resource. Followed by the Central Australia Life

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

Ended — at CASA Training Room

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) will be holding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) training between 8.30am to 4.30pm on the 11th & 12th February 2020 at the CASA Training Room at Suite 6, 5 Hartley St, Alice Springs. This training will teach you how to assist an

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2019

Let’s Talk About Sexuality (Male Identifying Participants)

Ended — at Andy McNeil Room, Alice Springs Town Council

A FREE WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS WITH A DISABILITY This workshop has been designed to support male identifying adults (18+) with a cognitive disability or people on the autism spectrum to have greater understanding of sexuality and relationships. What will we learn about at the workshop? • What is sexuality? • Parts of the body and how it

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Annual General Meeting

Ended — at MHACA

You are invited to the Mental Health Association of Central Australia Annual General Meeting. Membership Forms are available by calling our office on (08) 8950 4600 or via email: info@mhaca.org.au The forms can be picked up from the MHACA Office at 14 Lindsay Ave between 8:30am to 4pm and can be returned via post to

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Let’s Talk About Sexuality (Female Identifying Participants)

Ended — at Andy McNeil Room, Alice Springs Town Council

A FREE WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS WITH A DISABILITY This workshop has been designed to support female identifying adults (18+) with a cognitive disability or people on the autism spectrum to have greater understanding of sexuality and relationships. What will we learn about at the workshop? • What is sexuality? • Parts of the body and how it

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Sexuality and Disability Workshop

Ended — at Andy McNeil Room, Alice Springs Town Council

A Professional Development Workshop This workshop has been designed to assist respite/support workers and service providers support people with a disability to increase their understanding of sexuality, sexual health and relationships. Individuals on the autism spectrum or those with intellectual disability develop the same as any of us when it comes to sexuality. However, their

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

Ended — at ASYASS Training Room

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) will be holding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (ATSIMHFA) training between 8.30am to 4.30pm on the 18th & 19th November at the ASYASS Training Room at Shop 7, Diarama Village, Larapinta Drive. This training will teach you how to assist an Aboriginal or

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Standard Mental Health First Aid

Ended — at ASYASS Training Room

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) will be holding SMHFA training on the 21st & 22nd October 2019 at the ASYASS training room Shop 7 Diarama Village, Larapinta from 8.30 am to 4pm both days. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem

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Stretch & Relax For Mental Health

Ended — at Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre

In our busy world taking time out, stretching and relaxing is great for our mental health! Join us on World Mental Health Day to stretch and relax on the lawns of Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre. There are two 40 minute classes at 10am and 12pm, followed by a healthy lunch and a swim

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Morning Tea At MHACA

Ended — at MHACA

Community members are invited to join MHACA staff and participants for a shared morning tea. Learn more about the Peer Leader program, MHACA activities, upcoming training and support opportunities. Please RSVP at https://events.humanitix.com.au/morning-tea-at-mhaca

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‘Mental’ Free Film Screening

Ended — at Alice Springs Cinema

It’s Mental Health Week! Join us for a free film screening of ‘Mental’, a 2012 Australian comedy-drama film directed and written by P. J. Hogan. It stars Toni Collette, Rebecca Gibney, Anthony LaPaglia, and Liev Schreiber. Rated M. With a welcome by Merrilee Cox, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Central Australia. The screening is FREE but please RSVP your seat as

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Standard Mental Health First Aid

Ended — at ASYASS Training Room

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) will be holding SMHFA training on the 10th & 11th September 2019 at the ASYASS training room Shop 7 Diarama Village, Larapinta from 8.30 am to 4pm both days. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem

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World Suicide Prevention Day Community Walk

Ended — at Todd River Lawns

Join the Mental Health Association Central Australia and the Central Australia Life Promotion Network for a community walk to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day. Meet at the Todd River Lawns opposite Todd Tavern on Leichhardt Terrace for a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. The walk leaves at 5pm to Stott Terrace bridge and return, and is 1.6km along

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

Ended — at ASYASS Training Room

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) will be holding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (ATSIMHFA) training between 8.30am to 4.30pm on the 7th & 8th August at the ASYASS Training Room at Shop 7, Diarama Village, Larapinta Drive. This training will teach you how to assist an Aboriginal or

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Standard Mental Health First Aid

Ended — at ASYASS Training Room

Standard Mental Health First Aid Training Alice Springs The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) will be holding SMHFA training on the 22nd & 23rd of July at The YSASS training room at Shop 7, Diarama Village, Larapinta Drive from 8.30 am to 4pm both days. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided

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MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING CALENDAR FEB – JUNE 2019

Ended — at MHACA

MHACA 2019 Training Calendar Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 Australians.  To raise awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental illness, MHACA delivers a range of courses throughout the year and if a standard program doesn’t meet your needs, we work with organisations to develop a program of training and development in mental health awareness

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Standard Mental Health First Aid – May 2019

Ended — at MHACA

Attend a 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Course This course teaches first aid skills for adult members of the public to give initial help to adults experiencing mental health problems, in a mental health crisis situation, or in the early stages of a mental illness. Please see flyer and registration form attached for

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2018

World Suicide Prevention Day

Ended — at Alice Springs Town Council Lawns

Join us to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day on the Alice Springs Town Council Lawns. Wednesday 12th September 2018 11 am – 1 pm Alice Springs Town Council Lawns Download Flyer

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International Women’s Day

Ended

MHACA celebrated international women’s day (March 8th) with a morning tea joined by the minister for health, Natasha Kate Fyles and the MHACA committee board Chairperson Stephen Marshall, along with many valued participants. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by

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2016

Painting unveiling

Ended — at MHACA

MHACA would like to invite our participants and friends to join us for the unveiling of a new painting by artists from Akeyulerre which was commissioned by MHACA for Mental Health Week 2016. We are excited to share the results of this wonderful partnership. The painting, titled ‘Watchful Eyes’, is about watching over people with mental health

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2016 Annual General Meeting

Ended — at MHACA

The AGM of the Mental Health Association of Central Australia will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of November at 4.30pm, at 14 Lindsay Avenue, Alice Springs. All members, participants, carers and interested members of the public are invited to attend. Please ensure your membership is renewed prior to the AGM. Light refreshments will be provided. Please

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The Art of Our Healing – celebrating Mental Health Week 2016

Ended — at The Residency

The Art of Our Healing is an exhibition of artwork created by participants of the Mental Health Association of Central Australia. It is on display at The Residency (corner Parsons and Hartley Streets, Alice Springs) from Monday 10 to Sunday 23 October 2016. Join us on Monday 10th October from 10am to 12 noon for

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Stress Less in the Park

Ended — at Alice Springs Hospital Lawns

‘Stress Less in the Park’ is a community event celebrating Mental Health Week on the Alice Springs Hospital Lawns (opposite the Royal Flying Doctors Service) on Friday 14 October from 9am-12pm. Now in its third year ‘Stress Less in the Park’ is set to become a regular feature in the Alice Springs event calendar. It’s

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Ended — at Alice Springs Town Council Lawns

CONNECT COMMUNICATE CARE The Mental Health Association of Central Australia, headspace, Mental Illness Fellowship Australia (NT), Mental Health Central Australia Health Service, Lifeline Central Australia and NPY Women’s Council with support from the Alice Springs Town Council, are holding a public event to raise awareness of suicide, one of the world’s largest public health problems.

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Have a Cuppa with us at MHACA on R U OK? Day

Ended — at MHACA

On Thursday 8 September, MHACA will be hosting a morning tea to inspire use of that simple but important question “are you ok?” MHACA supports the message that R U OK?, a not for profit organisation promotes. Their vision for a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide is an important message

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Hike 2 Halve Suicides: Larapinta Trek for Suicide Prevention Australia 2016

Ended — at Larapinta Trail

As part of the Larapinta Trek challenge, you will stand on ancient escarpments and gaze out upon the ochre-coloured landscapes of Central Australia. You will follow Aboriginal Dreaming tracks and trek beside one of the world’s oldest river systems. By day, you will experience the diversity of desert habitats and learn the unique history of

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Pathways to Care: a Community Forum

Ended — at Karguru Room - Tennant Creek Training Centre

The purpose of this forum is to: • provide basic skills in support for people and communities bereaved by suicide • further develop the capacity of the community to respond to suicide through coordinated care • provide a comprehensive understanding of the Standby response model • increase understanding about suicide bereavement through the contribution of

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Free Mental Health First Aid Workshop for Men

Ended — at Institute for Aboriginal Development

During Men’s Health Week, the Mental Health Association of Central Australia is offering a free two day Mental Health First Aid workshop on 15 and 16 June 2016, specifically for men. The workshop will unpack topical mental health related illnesses such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and drug/alcohol related disorders. Participants will learn to recognise the

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Wellness Walk and Fun Run, Sunday 22 May 2016

Ended — at Double Tree Hilton car park, Alice Springs

Did you know that exercise and socialising are both good ways to protect your mental health? The Mental Health Association of Central Australia, and the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club, invite you to join us to enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits of walking together as a group. We’ll be talking and walking,

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SANE (Australia) Bereavement and Mental Illness Workshop

Ended — at Institute for Aboriginal Development

MHACA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Bereavement and Mental Illness Workshop that SANE is delivering across Australia, here in Alice Springs on Thursday 19 May 2016. The workshop is aimed at providing participants with knowledge and skills to better support family and friends of people with mental illness who have

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Pathways to Care: a Community Forum

Ended — at Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council

Understanding suicide bereavement and the capacity of this community to provide coordinated support and care to people bereaved through suicide in Central Australia

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2015