Launch of Watchful Eyes painting by Akeyulerre Healing Centre

We were very happy to have the ladies from the Akeyulerre Healing Centre visit yesterday, to celebrate the launch of a beautiful painting called “Watchful Eyes.” “Watchful Eyes” was commissioned by MHACA to celebrate Mental Health Week in 2016, and sponsored by a grant from the Northern Territory Government Community Benefit Fund. This painting was created by Margaret Turner, Patricia

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Rosie Batty visits MHACA

We were very pleased to host Rosie Batty, domestic violence campaigner and the 2015 Australian of the Year, on Tuesday 8 November. Participants and staff were thrilled to hear Rosie speak and draw parallels with our own work to support victims of domestic violence. “Personal safety is vital to good mental health” according to our CEO Sabine Wedemeyer.  A person

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Beautiful exhibits from The Art of Our Healing

The Art of Our Healing was an exhibition by participants of the Mental Health Association of Central Australia to celebrate Mental Health Week from 9-15 October 2016. Mental Health Week is Australia’s way of raising community awareness about mental health and celebrates World Mental Health Day which falls on 10 October every year. It’s a chance

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Day to Day Living November 2016 Calendar Released!

MHACA offers a fantastic range of activities as part of our Day to Day Living program. Click on the calendar link below to see what’s on offer in November 2016. D2DL November 2016 Calendar Please contact us on 8950 4600 for further information, or if you would like to attend an activity.

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New Mental Health Tenancy Support Program

MHACA is excited to announce a new program with a focus on supporting participants to obtain and maintain secure housing. The program emphasises a client centred approach with an aim to deliver a holistic and tailored plan for the individual. Along with the new program we also welcome the two new Tenancy Support Workers who

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Media Release: The Art of Our Healing

There’s something more than just art and craft happening in the art groups on Thursdays at the Mental Health Association of Central Australia. For the past four months, participants of MHACA have sat together in the Drop in Centre on Lindsay Avenue creating art for an exhibition. Tender hands have lovingly crafted felt, papier mâché,

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After a broad national search and interviewing a number of very qualified applicants the MHACA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Dira Horne as the new CEO of MHACA.

Dira will commence in the role on 18 October. She previously was the Regional Operations Manager for Anglicare NT, and prior to that was the CEO of Belconnen Community Services in the Australian Capital Territory for 10 years.

The Board is confident that Dira possesses a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience that will be of great benefit in leading MHACA in the years ahead as we continue our important work in Central Australia.
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After a broad national search and interviewing a number of very qualified applicants the MHACA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Dira Horne as the new CEO of MHACA.
 
Dira will commence in the role on 18 October. She previously was the Regional Operations Manager for Anglicare NT, and prior to that was the CEO of Belconnen Community Services in the Australian Capital Territory for 10 years.  
  
The Board is confident that Dira possesses a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience that will be of great benefit in leading MHACA in the years ahead as we continue our important work in Central Australia.

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Great result with a highly motivating appointment congrats and having access to some intriguing parts of the country ..🥂

Wow! Go you! What a fantastic opportunity - and you will be fabulous….where is it based?

Congratulations Dira - a great role for you to utilise all your skills

Congrats Dira, you are such an amazing inspiring woman!

Congratulations gorjy. Couldn’t think of a better candidate xx

Wishing you every success Dira - you appear to be ideal for this important role 👍

Congratulations and all the very best. Xxx

How fabulous! Well done you!

Congratulations, Dira! Very exciting times for you!

Congratulations Dira!

Congratulations Dira 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Congradulations my friend

CONGRATULATIONS, Dira. Best wishes for your new position.

Congratulations Dira Horne what a fantastic appointment for them and for you! Wonderful 👏👏👏

Congratulations Dira!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Congratulations Dira!!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰

Yaaaaayyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How very awesome Dira Horne! Love to you and Congratulations xxxxxx

A perfect choice

Congratulations Dira!

Congratulations Dira!!

Fantastic news Dira Horne, congratulations .

Congratulations Dira. Wonderful news, We will have a drink to celebrate next Weekend.x🥂🍾

Congratulations Dira!!

Well that's damn excellent Dira. Congratulations xx

Congrats Dira Horne

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Bevan has been building confidence and skills through boxing lessons recently. Bevan is a Support Coordination participant at MHACA and indicated that he would like to include boxing as part of his NDIS plan. Bevan’s Support Coordinator was able to link Bevan up with a local trainer and now Bevan enjoys a boxing session weekly.

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

#mentalhealth #NDIS #ndisprovider #alicesprings
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Bevan has been building confidence and skills through boxing lessons recently. Bevan is a Support Coordination participant at MHACA and indicated that he would like to include boxing as part of his NDIS plan. Bevan’s Support Coordinator was able to link Bevan up with a local trainer and now Bevan enjoys a boxing session weekly.

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

#mentalhealth #NDIS #ndisprovider #alicesprings

Sadly for MHACA we will be saying goodbye to our CEO of 4 years, Merrilee Cox at the end of this week.

“It has been an absolute privilege to work at MHACA and to be part of the wonderful Alice Springs community. There are many challenges to delivering quality, recovery focused services in a remote setting and I am very proud of the dedicated team we have at MHACA, and of the positive and supportive environment we have created.” - Merrilee Cox.

Merrilee joined MHACA in 2017 after a long career in the mental and public health sectors. Merrilee brought with her a breadth of experience that supported her to oversee the challenges of transitioning MHACA to the NDIS funding model.

Merrilee has been strong advocate for people with lived experience of mental illness and has ensured their voices have been heard in MHACA’s submissions and public representations. Merrilee has been a member of numerous boards and committees and has made a significant contribution to the community managed mental health sector across the Territory.

Merrilee is pictured here with Manager, Health Promotion Helen Lambert, receiving the Community Event Of The Year Award for Stress Less in the Park earlier this year.
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Sadly for MHACA we will be saying goodbye to our CEO of 4 years, Merrilee Cox at the end of this week. 

“It has been an absolute privilege to work at MHACA and to be part of the wonderful Alice Springs community. There are many challenges to delivering quality, recovery focused services in a remote setting and I am very proud of the dedicated team we have at MHACA, and of the positive and supportive environment we have created.” - Merrilee Cox.

Merrilee joined MHACA in 2017 after a long career in the mental and public health sectors. Merrilee brought with her a breadth of experience that supported her to oversee the challenges of transitioning MHACA to the NDIS funding model. 

Merrilee has been strong advocate for people with lived experience of mental illness and has ensured their voices have been heard in MHACA’s submissions and public representations. Merrilee has been a member of numerous boards and committees and has made a significant contribution to the community managed mental health sector across the Territory.

Merrilee is pictured here with Manager, Health Promotion Helen Lambert, receiving the Community Event Of The Year Award for Stress Less in the Park earlier this year.

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A huge loss to MHACA & the Alice community. All the best for whatever the future holds Merrilee Cox. I hope to see you in Vic xo

Thank you, Merrilee, for your outstanding contribution as a member of the NT Shelter Board over the last three years. We wish you all the very best into the future.

What a journey for you you will be missed at MHACA and in Alice Spring. Definitely made a huge contribution in Alice Springs and in Mental Health. So happy that you will be closer to your grandchild thats a huge bonus and I’m sure one you are looking forward to. Thank you for all of your help you gave me while I was in Alice Springs thank you for your leadership it was awesome working with you and the team at MHACA. Many fond memories of you all ❤️

Thank you Merrilee for all you have achieved, delivered on behalf of others.. the endless advocacy for the systemic change and individual advocacy on behalf of others.... Central Australia and more broadly, the Northern Territory, will be at a loss without you... however you will leave behind a remarkable legacy for others to build upon.

Hope to catch you somewhere in Victoria sometime Merrilee! All the best xx

All the Very Best Merrilee Cox ! You've been fabulous for MHACA and the Alice Community. Congratulations on a job well done!

Best wishes for your new roles Mer🤗

Thank you Merrilee ! we will miss you. Xo

Well done Merrilee. I'm sure you'll be greatly missed, however it'll be great to have you back home👏

Hope you are coming home?

Well done Merrilee Cox. Alice’s loss is Victoria’s gain

You will be missed!

Best CEO ever!!

All the best for the future Merrilee Cox. You will be missed.

Margaret Fox

Thanks for all your contributions Merrilee Cox. Safe travels.

What's next Merrilee Cox ?

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The Girl on the Bridge Film Screening
6 pm Wednesday 13 October - Alice Springs Cinema
Free Mental Health Week screening but RSVP's essential: events.humanitix.com/tgotbscreening

The story of a young woman with the weight of a generation on her shoulders. Having survived her own suicidal struggles Jazz Thornton is a mental health activist, fighting to change how society and the system are dealing with young people like her. Ultimately this is a film about hope. It’s a film about redemption. It’s a challenge to all of us to try to understand.

RSVP's essential: events.humanitix.com/tgotbscreening

Please note: this film explores the issue of young people and suicidal ideation. Support will be available at the screening for anyone who requires it. Find more information at www.thegirlonthebridgefilm.com.au/
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The Girl on the Bridge Film Screening
6 pm Wednesday 13 October - Alice Springs Cinema
Free Mental Health Week screening but RSVPs essential: https://events.humanitix.com/tgotbscreening

The story of a young woman with the weight of a generation on her shoulders. Having survived her own suicidal struggles Jazz Thornton is a mental health activist, fighting to change how society and the system are dealing with young people like her. Ultimately this is a film about hope. It’s a film about redemption. It’s a challenge to all of us to try to understand.

RSVPs essential: https://events.humanitix.com/tgotbscreening

Please note: this film explores the issue of young people and suicidal ideation. Support will be available at the screening for anyone who requires it. Find more information at https://www.thegirlonthebridgefilm.com.au/

More than 300 people attended the Creating Hope Through Action - World Suicide Prevention Day event on the Council Chamber Lawns today. It was important to come together and acknowledge the impacts of suicide in our community and learn about suicide prevention initiatives.

There were great speakers, a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, a flower ceremony, music by Paul Ah Chee, stalls and a BBQ.

Thankyou to the Central Australian Life Promotion Network members who supported the organisation of the event and stallholders including Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT, Children's Ground, Gap Youth and Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Alcohol and Others Drugs Services Central Australia, Akeyulerre, headspace Alice Springs, LifeLine Alice Springs, 8CCC Community Radio 102.1fm - Alice Springs & Tennant Creek

Thankyou to Alice Springs Town Council and Lhere Aterpe Aboriginal Corporation for your support of the event.

If you require support or need to talk to someone please call:
• Lifeline 131 144
• Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
• Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
If it's an emergency, please call 000.

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #mentalhealth #alicesprings #mpwarnte
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More than 300 people attended the Creating Hope Through Action - World Suicide Prevention Day event on the Council Chamber Lawns today. It was important to come together and acknowledge the impacts of suicide in our community and learn about suicide prevention initiatives. 

There were great speakers, a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, a flower ceremony, music by Paul Ah Chee, stalls and a BBQ.

Thankyou to the Central Australian Life Promotion Network members who supported the organisation of the event and stallholders including Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT,  Childrens Ground, Gap Youth and Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Alcohol and Others Drugs Services Central Australia, Akeyulerre, headspace Alice Springs, LifeLine Alice Springs, 8CCC Community Radio 102.1fm - Alice Springs & Tennant Creek

Thankyou to Alice Springs Town Council and Lhere Aterpe Aboriginal Corporation for your support of the event.

If you require support or need to talk to someone please call:
• Lifeline 131 144
• Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 
• Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.  
If its an emergency, please call 000.

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #mentalhealth #alicesprings #mpwarnte

It's World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow Friday 10 September. If you are in Alice Springs come down to the Council Chamber Lawns at 11am for a Welcome To Country, Smoking Ceremony, speakers, stalls, kids activities, music and free BBQ

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #mentalhealth
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Its World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow Friday 10 September. If you are in Alice Springs come down to the Council Chamber Lawns at 11am for a Welcome To Country, Smoking Ceremony, speakers, stalls, kids activities, music and free BBQ

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #mentalhealth

We had a lovely Women's Health Week morning tea in Alice Springs today. Thankyou to the services supporting women in the Centre that came and shared information - Central Australian Women's Legal Service Inc., Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit - CAAFLU, Women's Safety Services of Central Australia and Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

People enjoyed free hand massages thanks to the Plaza Wellbeing Centre, cupcakes and tea and coffee by Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT.

Thankyou to Diana from 8CCC Community Radio 102.1fm - Alice Springs & Tennant Creek for coming down and documenting it.

#WomensHealthWeek #mentalhealth
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We had a lovely Womens Health Week morning tea in Alice Springs today. Thankyou to the services supporting women in the Centre that came and shared information - Central Australian Womens Legal Service Inc., Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit - CAAFLU, Womens Safety Services of Central Australia and Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

People enjoyed free hand massages thanks to the Plaza Wellbeing Centre, cupcakes and tea and coffee by Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT.

Thankyou to Diana from 8CCC Community Radio 102.1fm - Alice Springs & Tennant Creek for coming down and documenting it.

#WomensHealthWeek #mentalhealth

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Check out MHACA's September 'Mental Health Matters' with latest news, events, and job vacancies - mailchi.mp/a9dea4a918a9/mental-health-matters-news-events-vacancies ... See MoreSee Less

Check out MHACAs September Mental Health Matters with latest news, events, and job vacancies - https://mailchi.mp/a9dea4a918a9/mental-health-matters-news-events-vacancies

Central Australians will be demonstrating how we are working together to create hope though action for World Suicide Prevention Day, 11am Friday 10 September on the Alice Springs Town Council Chamber Lawns.

‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is the theme for this year's event. It acknowledges that many individuals and organisations are working on suicide prevention initiatives in our communities and providing support to people to overcome their challenges.

The event is being organised by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and the Central Australia Life Promotion Network (LPN). The LPN is formed from a range of community members and organisations committed to suicide prevention.

"Suicide has touched all of us here at Children's Ground, and we're keen to play our part in creating hope through action. We see that hope and action is in our culture. Our culture is intrinsically connected to our identity of who we are as First Nations people, whether you live in a city, town or remote,” said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody, Children's Ground.

“We want our children and young people to know that they are not alone, that they are loved and that we work together for their future. We want to acknowledge all of the work being done in this community, Mparntwe, to support those impacted by suicide. We look forward to being a part of that action with everyone here to continue to create hope," said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody.

"We have the highest rates of suicide on the continent in the Northern Territory. Suicide impacts all of us. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to gather and honour those we have lost, acknowledge those that have experienced suicidality and bereavement, and demonstrate the care and support that is available in our community," said Helen Lambert, Manager Health Promotion, Mental Health Association Central Australia.

This free whole of community event will be held 11 am-1 pm Friday 10 September on the Alice Springs Town Council Chamber lawns.

There will be music from local singer songwriter Paul Ah Chee, stalls and activities from community organisations, a smoking ceremony, welcome to country, speakers from the community, a free BBQ lunch and a flower ceremony.

If you require support or need to talk to someone please call:
• Lifeline 131 144
• Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
• Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

If it's an emergency, please call 000.

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #mentalhealth
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Central Australians will be demonstrating how we are working together to create hope though action for World Suicide Prevention Day, 11am Friday 10 September on the Alice Springs Town Council Chamber Lawns.

‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is the theme for this years event. It acknowledges that many individuals and organisations are working on suicide prevention initiatives in our communities and providing support to people to overcome their challenges.  

The event is being organised by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia and the Central Australia Life Promotion Network (LPN). The LPN is formed from a range of community members and organisations committed to suicide prevention.

Suicide has touched all of us here at Childrens Ground, and were keen to play our part in creating hope through action. We see that hope and action is in our culture. Our culture is intrinsically connected to our identity of who we are as First Nations people, whether you live in a city, town or remote,” said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody, Childrens Ground.

“We want our children and young people to know that they are not alone, that they are loved and that we work together for their future. We want to acknowledge all of the work being done in this community, Mparntwe, to support those impacted by suicide. We look forward to being a part of that action with everyone here to continue to create hope, said Tyson Mpetyane Carmody.

We have the highest rates of suicide on the continent in the Northern Territory. Suicide impacts all of us. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to gather and honour those we have lost, acknowledge those that have experienced suicidality and bereavement, and demonstrate the care and support that is available in our community, said Helen Lambert, Manager Health Promotion, Mental Health Association Central Australia.

This free whole of community event will be held 11 am-1 pm Friday 10 September on the Alice Springs Town Council Chamber lawns. 

There will be music from local singer songwriter Paul Ah Chee, stalls and activities from community organisations, a smoking ceremony, welcome to country, speakers from the community, a free BBQ lunch and a flower ceremony.

If you require support or need to talk to someone please call:
• Lifeline 131 144
• Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 
• Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.  

If its an emergency, please call 000.

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #mentalhealth

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A smoking ceremony is a real turn off for me tbh good for some not for others .

Here's some happy faces from the MHACA camp last week held at Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. Participants and staff enjoyed walks, cooking food, games, good discussions and being out nature.

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Heres some happy faces from the MHACA camp last week held at Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. Participants and staff enjoyed walks, cooking food, games, good discussions and being out nature.

#mentalhealth #healthylifestyle