MHACA’s Health Promotion Unit delivers community campaigns to increase protective factors and healthy behaviours that can help prevent the onset of mental illness and the incidence of suicide in our community.
For people who have mental health challenges, health promotion can provide a better understanding of conditions and services, key lifestyle interventions and tools that empower individuals, families and carers to make informed choices that support recovery and active, meaningful lives.
Reducing stigma, improving mental health literacy and encouraging people to take action early for mental health difficulties reduces pressure on health and crisis services, and supports recovery processes.
The Health Promotion Unit has four targeted goals:
- Reduce stigma of mental ill health and suicide in the Central Australian community
- Build capacity in the community and services sector to respond to people experiencing mental health difficulties
- Deliver suicide prevention and postvention initiatives
- Support mental health and recovery
MHACA has a strong presence in the Central Australian community and participates in a number of networks and community events throughout the year.
MHACA facilitates the Alice Springs Mental Health Professionals Interagency, a bimonthly meeting of mental health professionals to discuss emerging issues and supports available from local services. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be placed on the email list.
MHACA continues to be a leading member in the Life Promotion Network (LPN), a suicide prevention network in Central Australia which also meets bimonthly. Please email email@example.com if you would like to be placed on the email list.
MHACA is also a member of the NT Mental Health Week Committee, Alice Springs NAIDOC Week Committee and facilitates a range of community events including Mental Health Week, World Suicide Prevention Day, and Schizophrenia Awareness Week. See upcoming events here.
MHACA is improving mental health literacy in Central Australia through the development and distribution of resources encouraging community members to seek help early for mental health challenges.
The Healthy Bodies Support Healthy Minds health promotion campaign encourages community members to look after their physical health which supports good mental health and overall wellbeing.