June Group Activities Calendar

The MHACA Group Activities program is a community based program which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. Group activities also provide an opportunity for participants to develop personally and professionally as Peers. Download the June Group Activities Calendar To participate in MHACA

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Career Opportunity – Pathways Activities Officer

In keeping with MHACA’s vision, the Pathways Program promotes opportunities and choices for people with mental health difficulties in a supportive and facilitative environment that promotes recovery. It is a welcoming environment offering practical assistance and facilities as well as access to structured social, educational creative and therapeutic programs.  The Pathways Program Activities Officer works

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Career Opportunity – Suicide Prevention Project Officer

The Suicide Prevention Project Officer will work under the direction of the Health Promotion Unit Manager to coordinate the development and delivery of evidence-based, effective, and culturally safe suicide prevention initiatives. The Officer will play a key role in the identification of need and the implementation of projects in relation to suicide prevention across Central

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May Group Activities Calendar

The MHACA Group Activities program is a community based program which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. Group activities also provide an opportunity for participants to develop personally and professionally as Peers. Download the May Group Activities Calendar To participate in MHACA

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Are They OK? A Free Suicide Prevention Presentation

The Mental Health Association Of Central Australia (MHACA) is offering workplaces and community groups a free 60 minute presentation designed to equip attendees with basic information on how to support others who may be thinking about suicide or are in crisis. Learn how to notice, how to have a conversation and what options there are

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April Group Activities Calendar

The MHACA Group Activities program is a community based program which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. Group activities also provide an opportunity for participants to develop personally and professionally as Peers. Download the April Group Activities Calendar To participate in MHACA

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March Group Activities Calendar

The MHACA Group Activities program is a community based program which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. Group activities also provide an opportunity for participants to develop personally and professionally as Peers. Download the March Group Activities Calendar To participate in MHACA

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The Positive Influences of Music on Mental Health

“Music is a universal language for everyone, it helps relax people.” Brian Clyne MHACA recently funded a music project to increase the wellbeing of our participants, acknowledging the positive and powerful influence that music has on peoples mental wellbeing. ‘Kututu’ in Pitjantjatjara means heart, and the foundation for the Kututu Wattleseeds is based in mediation

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February Group Activities Calendar

The MHACA Group Activities program is a community based program which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. Group activities also provide an opportunity for participants to develop personally and professionally as Peers. Download the February Group Activities Calendar To participate in MHACA

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January Group Activities Calendar

The MHACA Group Activities program is a community based program which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. Group activities also provide an opportunity for participants to develop personally and professionally as Peers. Download the January Group Activities Calendar To participate in MHACA

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Ex-NRL pLayer, professional boxer and mental health advocate Joe Williams has been in Alice Springs, visiting local schools as part of Men's Health Week, facilitated by MHACA.

Today Joe is visiting Yirara College and will be at the Men's Mental Wellbeing BBQ, 12pm Flynn Church Lawns.

The Enemy Within - Suicide Prevention Trauma Recovery & Wellbeing Education
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Ex-NRL pLayer, professional boxer and mental health advocate Joe Williams has been in Alice Springs, visiting local schools as part of Mens Health Week, facilitated by MHACA.

Today Joe is visiting Yirara College and will be at the Mens Mental Wellbeing BBQ, 12pm Flynn Church Lawns. 

The Enemy Within - Suicide Prevention Trauma Recovery & Wellbeing Education

It's Men's Health Week this week! If you are in Alice Springs come down to the Flynn Church Lawns 12pm Thursday 17 July for the Men's Mental Wellbeing BBQ with special guest Joe Williams.

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations man born in Cowra, NSW. He has had a 15 year span as a professional sports person, playing in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional boxing in 2009. Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi-Polar Disorder.

Joe spends his time working to inspire youth through motivational speaking and has worked with disengaged youth in primary and secondary schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres and gaols.

MHACA has facilitated Joe to provide presentations to 3 local high schools whilst he is visiting Alice Springs this week. Come and meet Joe at the Men's Mental Wellbeing BBQ this Thursday!

#MensHealthWeek #EndTheStigma #mentalhealth
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Its Mens Health Week this week! If you are in Alice Springs come down to the Flynn Church Lawns 12pm Thursday 17 July for the Mens Mental Wellbeing BBQ with special guest Joe Williams.

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations man born in Cowra, NSW.  He has had a 15 year span as a professional sports person, playing in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional boxing in 2009. Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi-Polar Disorder. 

Joe spends his time working to inspire youth through motivational speaking and has worked with disengaged youth in primary and secondary schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres and gaols. 

MHACA has facilitated Joe to provide presentations to 3 local high schools whilst he is visiting Alice Springs this week. Come and meet Joe at the Mens Mental Wellbeing BBQ this Thursday!

#MensHealthWeek #endthestigma #mentalhealth

It's great to see people using events like the Finke Desert Race to raise awareness about the importance of speaking up about mental health and for seeking help when you are struggling.

In Jackie's words "like everyone else, I have bad days. Sometimes bad weeks. I have had days where I couldn’t get out of bed. Days where I couldn’t work. Times when I wanted my life to end. With the help of loved ones and professionals, I have got through. None of this would’ve been possible if I didn’t speak up."

#endthestigma“This long weekend, I will be racing my motorbike in the Finke Desert Race for the first time. Finke is one of the toughest desert races in Australia, racing from Alice Springs to Finke, and back.

By doing this race, I hope to help people talk about mental health and also raise some coin for Beyond Blue. I hope by doing this, it might help people realise they can speak up and know they are not a burden.

I am mentally tough when it comes to racing motorbikes for hours straight, but I am not always so mentally tough when it comes to day-to-day life. I want to help people see that it’s okay to have good and bad days. We all do. And it’s perfectly okay to talk about the bad days too.

Although I have an awesome life and am generally very happy, my mental health has caused some stress for me throughout my life. I have struggled for years after losing my dad suddenly when I was 14, along with other things that just happen in life. I have had days where I couldn’t get out of bed. Days where I couldn’t work. Times when I wanted my life to end. With the help of loved ones and professionals, I have got through. None of this would’ve been possible if I didn’t speak up.

It’s okay to not be okay! Share your worries, and make sure your loved ones feel comfortable to share their worries with you.”

We’d like to thank Jackie for supporting Beyond Blue and for sharing her story. Stories like Jackie’s help to break down the stigma that prevents people from talking about their mental health, and reminds others about the importance of reaching out for support.

Check out Finke for Mental Health and throw your support behind Jackie this weekend!
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Its great to see people using events like the Finke Desert Race to raise awareness about the importance of speaking up about mental health and for seeking help when you are struggling.

In Jackies words like everyone else, I have bad days. Sometimes bad weeks. I have had days where I couldn’t get out of bed. Days where I couldn’t work. Times when I wanted my life to end. With the help of loved ones and professionals, I have got through. None of this would’ve been possible if I didn’t speak up.

#endthestigma

Check out the latest mental health news and events in MHACA's June E-newsletter - Mental Health Matters! mailchi.mp/a0c19637010d/mental-health-matters-news-events ... See MoreSee Less

Check out the latest mental health news and events in MHACAs June E-newsletter - Mental Health Matters! https://mailchi.mp/a0c19637010d/mental-health-matters-news-events

Thursday is craft at MHACA! A range of therapeutic group activities are available at MHACA which are focused on educational pursuits, personal development, and increasing living skills for people living with mental illness. Find out more about the group activities at mhaca.org.au/supportandrecovery/groupactivities/ ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday is craft at MHACA! A range of therapeutic group activities are available at MHACA which are focused on educational pursuits, personal development, and increasing living skills for people living with mental illness. Find out more about the group activities at https://mhaca.org.au/supportandrecovery/groupactivities/

It's Men's Health Week next week and MHACA has engaged Joe Williams to visit Alice Springs to provide motivational presentations at local high schools and speak at the Men's Mental Wellbeing BBQ on Thursday 17 June, 12pm Uniting Church Lawns Todd Mall.

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations man born in Cowra, NSW. He has had a 15 year span as a professional sports person, playing in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional boxing in 2009. Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi-Polar Disorder.

Joe is an author having released his own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within in 2018 and in 2017 was named as finalist in the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards for his work with suicide prevention and fighting for equality for Australia’s First Nations people.

Joe spends his time working to inspire youth through motivational speaking and has worked with disengaged youth in primary and secondary schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres and gaols.

#suicideprevention #MensHealthWeek
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Its Mens Health Week next week and MHACA has engaged Joe Williams to visit Alice Springs to provide motivational presentations at local high schools and speak at the Mens Mental Wellbeing BBQ on Thursday 17 June, 12pm Uniting Church Lawns Todd Mall.

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations man born in Cowra, NSW.  He has had a 15 year span as a professional sports person, playing in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional boxing in 2009. Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi-Polar Disorder. 

Joe is an author having released his own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within in 2018 and in 2017 was named as finalist in the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards for his work with suicide prevention and fighting for equality for Australia’s First Nations people. 

Joe spends his time working to inspire youth through motivational speaking and has worked with disengaged youth in primary and secondary schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres and gaols. 

#suicideprevention #MensHealthWeek

Today is World No Tobacco Day. #CommitToQuit

Did you know that compared with the general population, people with mental illness have higher smoking rates, higher levels of nicotine dependence, and a disproportionate health and financial burden from smoking?

Get support to quit smoking at www.quit.org.au/ and www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-prevention/smoking/quitting-smoking/
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Today is World No Tobacco Day. #CommitToQuit

Did you know that compared with the general population, people with mental illness have higher smoking rates, higher levels of nicotine dependence, and a disproportionate health and financial burden from smoking?

Get support to quit smoking at https://www.quit.org.au/ and https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-prevention/smoking/quitting-smoking/