Collaborative Living on Arrernte Country

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia is pleased to announce the beginning of a new intensive support and housing program CLOAC – Collaborative Living on Arrernte Country. The pilot program is targeted to assist people with mental health difficulties who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Alice Springs. The program will start

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July 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. Currently all MHACA programs, including the Day Program, remain open

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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. Currently all MHACA programs, including the Day Program, remain open

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Schizophrenia Awareness Week 17-24 May

Schizophrenia is a common mental health condition which affects the way people think, feel and behave. Up to one in a 100 people experience schizophrenia worldwide, and it often develops between the late teenage years until the early 30’s but can occur at any time. There is a lot of stigma associated with schizophrenia which

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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. Currently all MHACA programs, including the Day Program, remain open

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MHACA Services During COVID-19

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) is providing an essential service to people who have severe and complex mental health issues and will continue to support our participants through this difficult time. At this stage all our programs, including the Day Program, remain open with increased hygiene and physical distancing measures in place.

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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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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 group

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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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Have a great weekend from Stephen and Maurice and all of us at MHACA!

We hope you get a chance to enjoy some of the great community activities happening around town and remember, if you need some support reach out to friends and family or try some of the 24 hour phone and online services:

Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
Lifeline text service 0477 13 11 14
13YARN 13 92 76 www.13yarn.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
Mensline 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 www.1800respect.org.au
Q Life 1800 184 527 (3pm-12pm AEST) www.qlife.org.au
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
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Have a great weekend from Stephen and Maurice and all of us at MHACA!

We hope you get a chance to enjoy some of the great community activities happening around town and remember, if you need some support reach out to friends and family or try some of the 24 hour phone and online services:

Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au 
Lifeline text service 0477 13 11 14
13YARN 13 92 76 www.13yarn.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
Mensline 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 www.1800respect.org.au
Q Life 1800 184 527 (3pm-12pm AEST) www.qlife.org.au
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au

The Mob Way R U OK? podcast is back!

A conversation could change a life. In this podcast, we yarn with First Nations people and their experiences of life’s ups and downs, how we have conversations and how we open up and ask that simple question ‘are you okay?’, in our way: Mob Way.

New episodes are dropping every Monday. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or at: www.ruok.org.au/mobway

For more free resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including videos, posters and conversation guides, check out R U OK Day's Stronger Together hub www.ruok.org.au/strongertogether

#ruok #mentalhealth
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The Mob Way R U OK? podcast is back!

A conversation could change a life. In this podcast, we yarn with First Nations people and their experiences of life’s ups and downs, how we have conversations and how we open up and ask that simple question ‘are you okay?’, in our way: Mob Way.

New episodes are dropping every Monday. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or at: www.ruok.org.au/mobway

For more free resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including videos, posters and conversation guides, check out R U OK Days Stronger Together hub https://www.ruok.org.au/strongertogether

#ruok #mentalhealth

MHACA participants have been enjoying gentle exercise activities at Move It - a weekly class running as part of the Healthy Bodies Support Healthy Minds Program. The program has a focus on exercise, healthy cooking and increasing water consumption.

If you are living with mental health challenges and would like to join some group based activities or receive individual support email intake@mhaca.org.au or call 89504600

#healthyfood #mentalhealth
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MHACA participants have been enjoying gentle exercise activities at Move It - a weekly class running as part of the Healthy Bodies Support Healthy Minds Program. The program has a focus on exercise, healthy cooking and increasing water consumption.

If you are living with mental health challenges and would like to join some group based activities or receive individual support email intake@mhaca.org.au or call 89504600

#healthyfood #mentalhealth

Thanks to all those who came to our Men's Mental Health Day event on the Uniting Church Lawns in the Todd Mall.

It was a beautiful day to be outside! We heard about the importance of men's mental health with Tyson Carmody from Kings Narrative and the Alice Springs Mens Shed, plus had a boxing demonstration from the Arrernte Community Boxing Academy. Men and boys had free haircuts from The Freedom Club Barbershop.

Thanks to all our stallholders including headspace Alice Springs, NO MORE AU and the the Lions Club of Alice Springs for helping with the healthy BBQ. Congratulations Morris for winning the Men's Wellbeing Hamper.
#menshealthweek2022 #mentalhealth
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Thanks to all those who came to our Mens Mental Health Day event on the Uniting Church Lawns in the Todd Mall.

It was a beautiful day to be outside! We heard about the importance of mens mental health with Tyson Carmody from Kings Narrative and the Alice Springs Mens Shed, plus had a boxing demonstration from the Arrernte Community Boxing Academy. Men and boys had free haircuts from The Freedom Club Barbershop.

Thanks to all our stallholders including headspace Alice Springs, NO MORE AU and the the Lions Club of Alice Springs for helping with the healthy BBQ. Congratulations Morris for winning the Mens Wellbeing Hamper.
#menshealthweek2022 #mentalhealth

It's Men's Mental Health Day tomorrow! If you are in Alice Springs come down to the Flynn Church Lawns in the Todd Mall 11:30am Friday 17 June. There will be:

a free healthy BBQ cooked by the Lions Club of Alice Springs
free haircuts The Freedom Club Barbershop
a boxing demonstration by the Arrernte Community Boxing Academy
stalls including Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, headspace Alice Springs, No More and Kings Narrative.

MHACA’s Health Promotion Officer Josefina visited 8CCC Radio today to promote the event.

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Its Mens Mental Health Day tomorrow! If you are in Alice Springs come down to the Flynn Church Lawns in the Todd Mall 11:30am Friday 17 June. There will be:
 
a free healthy BBQ cooked by the Lions Club of Alice Springs
free haircuts The Freedom Club Barbershop
a boxing demonstration by the Arrernte Community Boxing Academy
stalls including Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, headspace Alice Springs, No More and Kings Narrative.
 
MHACA’s Health Promotion Officer Josefina visited 8CCC Radio today to promote the event.

All welcome.

Check out MHACA's monthly newsletter Mental Health Matters - with upcoming news & events - mailchi.mp/87c6d1435a16/mental-health-matters-news-upcoming-events ... See MoreSee Less

Check out MHACAs monthly newsletter Mental Health Matters - with upcoming news & events - https://mailchi.mp/87c6d1435a16/mental-health-matters-news-upcoming-events

The Central Australian Suicide Prevention Forum was held at the Alice Springs Desert Park 1-2 June.

The aim of the forum was to connect people, share the learnings from local programs that are working on addressing suicide, and have some good collective discussions that support reducing suicides in our community.

A Welcome to Country was provided by Kumalie Riley and attendees heard from a wide range of organisations and programs contributing to suicide prevention in our region including Akeyulerre, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, headspace Alice Springs, NPY Women's Council, Arrernte Community Boxing Academy, Thirrili - Indigenous Suicide Postvention Service, MacDonnell Regional Council, Royal Flying Doctor Service SA/NT, Tangentyere Men's Family Safety Group, Lifeline Central Australia, NT Health, Northern Territory PHN, 13 Yarn, R U OK Day Stronger Together and Central Desert Regional Council.

The Suicide Prevention Forum was organised by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia, and supported by Wesley Mission and the Northern Territory Government

#suicideprevention #alicesprings
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Michelle Torrens this would have been a good one to attend.

Erinjean Reilly

If you're living with mental health challenges we encourage you to connect with the SANE online forums. The forums provide a safe and supportive space for people with lived experience, or friends, family and carers of those with mental health issues. Sign up to the forums at mhaca.saneforums.org/

Moderated 24/7, you can anonymously read stories, reply to discussions, or start your own. Providing opportunity for connection is at the heart of what SANE does, whether you're looking for social spaces to meet others, to share your story, or searching for support or information, there is something for everyone.

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If youre living with mental health challenges we encourage you to connect with the SANE Australia online forums. The forums provide a safe and supportive space for people with lived experience, or friends, family and carers of those with mental health issues. Sign up to the forums at https://mhaca.saneforums.org/

Moderated 24/7, you can anonymously read stories, reply to discussions, or start your own. Providing opportunity for connection is at the heart of what SANE does, whether youre looking for social spaces to meet others, to share your story, or searching for support or information, there is something for everyone.

#mentalhealthsupport

It was great to learn more about the work of the Tangentyere Men's Family Safety Group and the production of these videos at last week's Suicide Prevention Forum.

#suicideprevention #mentalhealth #alicesprings
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