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QMHW 2024 dates announced!

We are very excited to announce the dates for Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) 2024! The week will take place from Saturday 5 October to Sunday 13 October, inclusive of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October. Read more in our dates announcement here.

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QMHW eNews November 2023

View the November edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week eNews online.

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QMHW eNews October 2023

View the October edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week eNews online.

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The CheckUP team celebrates Queensland Mental Health Week 2023

This is the sixth year that CheckUP have coordinated Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) on behalf of the Queensland Mental Health Commission and with the support of a strong cross-sector collaboration. Taking place last week from 7-15 October in 2023, Queensland Mental Health Week is an awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing. The theme, ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’, reflects the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

We’re thrilled to share that this year there was a record breaking number of events, with over 500 events officially registered on the QMHW website. As the coordinators of QMHW it was incredible to see all the creative and varied events happening across the state. Last week the CheckUP team had the pleasure of attending just a few of the fantastic QMHW events.

Here’s a snapshot of what the CheckUP team got up to during Queensland Mental Health Week 2023.

During the week the CheckUP and Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council teams in Brisbane and Cairns held their own QMHW events, taking some time out for cupcakes, colouring and connection.

CheckUP’s Brisbane team members were lucky enough to check out a few of the local exhibitions happening around the city. We visited Out from the Mist, an international photography, music, and short film competition and exhibition. We also visited the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition in King George Square, which featured 270 amazing artworks. Both exhibitions celebrate the work of artists with lived experience of mental ill-health.

The marketing and communications team headed to Parliament House Brisbane for their QMHW event. The event was a hit, with addresses from Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women, and Ivan Frkovic, Queensland Mental Health Commissioner. It was fantastic to see the support for Queensland Mental Health Week from Parliament, not to mention the adorable therapy dogs!

We also had the pleasure of celebrating the remarkable achievements of organisations in the sector at this year’s Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees and the finalists!

 

We would like to thank the Queensland Mental Health Commission and all the members of our Reference Group and Working Group — particularly our lived experience consumer representatives — for their guidance, collaboration, and support to make QMHW what it is. We would also like to acknowledge people living with mental illness or mental health challenges, problematic alcohol and other drugs use, and those affected by suicide, their families, carers and support people. We commend their resilience, courage and generosity of time and spirit in sharing their personal stories, experiences and views.

QMHW eNews September 2023

View the September edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week eNews online.

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QMHW eNews August 2023

View the August edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week eNews online.

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QMHW eNews July 2023

View the July edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week eNews online.

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QMHW eNews June 2023

View the June edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week eNews online.

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QMHW eNews May 2023

View the May edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week eNews online.

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Act now: Apply for a grant to support community mental health

 

Looking to make a positive impact on mental health in your community? Do you have a great idea for a Queensland Mental Health Week event?

To assist communities in getting their ideas up and running there are one-off grants of up to $3000 now available through the Queensland Mental Health Week Community Events Grant Program. But you need to hurry because applications to this program, funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Mental Health Commission, close next week at 5pm on Friday 26 May 2023.

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic said Queensland Mental Health Week events can provide a safe and supportive environment for people to come together, share experiences and learn about mental health and wellbeing.

“Through awareness and education, these events can help break down stigma surrounding mental health challenges and encourage people to seek help when they need it,” he said.

“Queensland Mental Health Week events foster a sense of community connection and inclusion, helping people feel supported and less alone—which can be especially important during times of increased community distress.”

Mr Frkovic emphasised the importance of prevention and early intervention to reduce the incidence and impact of mental illness in Queensland.

“Making time each day to focus on the building blocks of mental wellbeing—getting healthy, continue learning, show kindness, connect more, take notice and embrace nature—build healthy habits that help you stay well,” he said.

CheckUP administers the Queensland Mental Health Week Community Events Grant Program on behalf of the Queensland Mental Health Commission and in 2023 there will be a total funding pool of over $100,000 available for distribution.

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy explained that the grants offset event expenses, such as engaging specialists for workshops or seminars, so people are getting quality information about looking after their mental wellbeing.

“Many Queensland Mental Health Week events link with local mental health services and focus on wellbeing education and mental health first-aid, while community events emphasise inclusion and diverse opportunities to get involved,” Ms Liddy said.

“The whole community can benefit from discussions about good mental health, so we hope to see grant applications come in from every corner of Queensland.”

Queensland Mental Health Week will be held from 7-15 October, encompassing World Mental Health Day on 10 October, with the theme ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’.

For more information, including grant program guidelines and application information, visit www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au.

For 24/7 crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. In an emergency, call 000.

 

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Media enquiries:

Lisa Maynard, Marketing and Communications Manager, CheckUP
P. 07 3105 8308 E. lmaynard@checkup.org.au

Communications and Engagement team,  Queensland Mental Health Commission

P. 07 3244 9253 E. media@qmhc.qld.gov.au

 

Six building blocks of mental wellbeing

  • Get healthy: Be active, eat well and get enough sleep.
  • Keep learning: Challenge your mind and seek out new things.
  • Show kindness: Giving brings joy to other people and strengthens your own mental wellbeing.
  • Connect more: Develop relationships, stay connected and care for each other.
  • Take notice: Be mindful. Stay in the moment. Experience the world around you.
  • Embrace nature: Step outside and connect with the natural world.

 

Safe media reporting

Visit the Mindframe website at www.mindframe.org.au for advice on how to support safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, and problematic alcohol and other drug use.