Calendar of Events 2019

You can find events organised specifically for Mental Health Month in the ACT below. If you are hosting an event and would like to promote it by listing it in the calendar below, please register your event here. Please note, event listings may take up to 48 hours to become live on this calendar. 

 

 If you attend an event, join the conversation by tagging Mental Health Month ACT on Facebook and Instagram or use the hashtag #mentalhealthmonthact.

Launch Comedy Evening

Launch Comedy Evening

The Dickson Tradies 2 Badham St Dickson ACT 2602

Tuesday 1 October

Come along to the official launch of Mental Health Month in the ACT! Help us promote positive mental health, break down stigma associated with mental illness and be entertained by some of the best club comedians in Australia! Purchase tickets online.

7pm

Table-tennis-athon

Table-tennis-athon

University of Canberra Table Tennis Club at Bruce: drop in Tuesday afternoons at the UC Gym from 3.30-5pm during October. Pop-in for a game at the ACT Table Tennis club at Griffith, ACT on Sunday 13 October: 11am-2pm

Host or participate in a table tennis party to raise funds for mental health resources, including sporting equipment, at the ACT Extended Care Unit, providing residential care for people with complex and enduring mental health issues. Register and donate online to support fundraising for the Canberra Hospital Foundation: Mental health: ECU.

Find out more: To book a table or host a party go to Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/table-tennis-athon-tickets-64511502641.

Guide to Workplace Mental Health for Managers

Guide to Workplace Mental Health for Managers

Ground Floor Function Room, North Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson

Various dates 1st, 8th, 19th & 25th October

Commencing in National Safe Work Month (October), WorkSafe ACT is running free 2 hour workshops (in Dickson) to provide guidance to anyone who has a Work Health and Safety (WHS) duty to prevent and manage harm to workers’ psychological health. The workshop will cover guidance material providing a step-by-step process for managing psychological injury, intervening early and taking preventative action to prevent your workers becoming ill or sustaining a psychological injury.

Mental Health Workshops and Information Sessions

Mental Health Workshops and Information Sessions

Community Services Number One, Boolimba Street Narrabundah ACT

Tuesday 1 October

Two 45-minute workshops will be held: 10.30am - 11.15am and 12.30am – 1.15pm. Both Workshops will be 15 minutes each of Drumming, Mindfulness Exercise and Mandala work. There will also be an information stall about what Making Connections Together and Avenue Counselling offer the community.

10am – 2pm

Pigment of the Imagination art exhibition

Pigment of the Imagination art exhibition

Belconnen Community Gallery, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen

Opening Celebration 2 October 5:30pm – 7:30pm Exhibition 1 October to 18 October 9am - 5pm

BCS & Wellways invites you to the Pigment of the Imagination art exhibition for Mental Health Month. This exhibition will showcase works by people with disabilities, mental health consumers and support persons in the Canberra community.

Watch Your Wellness

Watch Your Wellness

Eddison Park, Woden

Friday 4 October

Watch Your Wellness is a FREE festival celebrating mental health and wellbeing in the Canberra community. The festival aims to bring awareness to the lived experience and encourage participants to learn strategies to help reduce the risk of mental illness. The festival will include a variety of activities including mindfulness, art, exercise groups, live music and guest speakers sharing their story of mental illness and recovery. For more details about the day, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_h3NM4i6B8

Find out more: Contact sophie.mayer@wcs.org.au

11am – 2pm

Spring-time Walk in the Yarralumla Park & Visit to the Heritage Nursery

Yarralamla Park

Saturday 5 October

Spring walk at Yarralumla Park and visit to the heritage Nursery. Sharing our stories of recovery through the power of friendship. Experiencing comraderies of the common journey of positive, supportive and health-focus recovery. This event is a closed event for St Vincent de Paul Compeer Participants/Friends only.

CLOSED EVENT

Resilience Art Workshops – With Mariana Del Castillo

Resilience Art Workshops – With Mariana Del Castillo

Gungahlin Library: Thursday 10 October, 10am-2pm Gungahlin Community Centre: Saturday 5 October, 11am-3pm

Join one of the artist-led workshops to help get your ideas flowing or create something in your studio or at home to submit into the ‘Resilience’ exhibition. Please refer to the event 'Resilience – Celebrating Mental Health Month' for exhibition details.

Find out more: Visit https://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/resilience/ for entry details and workshop bookings or contact Michele Grimston, Gungahlin Community Arts Officer on Michele.grimston@belconnenartscentre.com.au or 0403 929 739 for enquiries

Physical Health Matters

Physical Health Matters

Room 8, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra, ACT 2601

Tuesday 8 October

Hear distinguished Emeritus Professor Ian Webster AO present ideas on helping people with serious mental illness improve their physical health. This group has much shorter life expectancies than the general population due to easily preventable physical illnesses. Michael Moore, a former minister for Health in Canberra will be the Master of Ceremonies. Afternoon tea provided.

Find out more: Open to all, no charge – please register through Eventbrite to help with catering numbers. http://eventbrite.com.au/e/66647629855

1:30pm - 3pm

The ManWalk

The ManWalk

pin Viking Park Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Tuesday 8 October

Did you know there are 8 suicides a day, 6 of those being men? Join us on the 8th at 6am to walk, talk and support. The ManWalk provides a place for men to get together, have a chat and support each other. Breakfast provided for a donation.

6am

YOUthrive

Stromlo Cottage and Woden Youth Centre

Tuesday 8 October - Friday 11 October

Throughout this week YET (in collaboration with other community services) will be providing training and education to increase mental health and wellbeing for young people 16-25. Topics covered will include mental health first aid, save a mate, AOD education and mindfulness/meditation.

Find out more: Contact Youth Engagement Team (YET) – 6283 6900

10am - 3pm each day

The Street University's Cypher Music Video Launch

The Street University's Cypher Music Video Launch

23 East Row Civic, 2601 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Tuesday 8 october

Over this past year eight of our young rappers have collaborated in writing a song about some of their mental health challenges, they’ve been fearless and brave in sharing their experiences around depression, anxiety and substance abuse. "Okay" is a culmination of this collaboration and they'll be launching the song along with a music video on the 8th of October at 12.30pm which also coincides with the beginning of Mental Health Week. We’d like to invite you to this special event where you’ll hear directly from the artists about their experiences in writing the song and their vulnerabilities in sharing their personal thoughts about a subject that affects us all. For a preview of the video and the song go to: Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFhYTWz0miM Bandcamp: https://createdincanberra.bandcamp.com/track/okay Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/street-uni-canberra/okay RSVP by 4/10 for catering purposes.

Find out more: Contact deanl@noffs.org.au

12:30pm

Walk around the lake

Walk around the lake

Starting point: Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park

Wednesday 9 October

Join Headspace Canberra for a Wellness Walk (Bike or Scooter) and scavenger hunt around Lake Burley Griffin. On completion, join us at the wellness fair for a free BBQ, a cuddle with some furry friends and entertainment. 12 -25 years.

Find out more: Check the headspace Canberra Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/headspaceCanberra/

10am - 2pm

Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo

Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo

Garema Place and City Walk, Civic

Thursday 10 October

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo is a free public event bringing the ACT community together to celebrate positive mental health and learn more about the services available in the ACT. Join over 70 local organisations in a fun market day atmosphere with interactive activities, sausage sizzle and music.

11am to 2pm

People with Disabilities ACT Morning Tea

People with Disabilities ACT Morning Tea

Canberra Museum & Gallery 176 London Circuit Canberra, ACT 2601

Thursday 10 October

Come to the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) on the 10 October at 10AM for a free light morning tea, and a cartoon exhibit in the Theatre to kick off World Mental Health Day. Following this, a host of other free events and activities kick off in Garema Place from 11am.

10am - 11:30am

Talking Park Bench Launch

Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo, Garema Place and City Walk, Civic

Thursday 10 October

A simple conversation can change your day! The Wellways Talking Park Bench project will transform unassuming park benches by dressing them up with banners & conversation starters to encourage conversations in community spaces. Come and see us for a chat!

Find out more: Contact Wellways Reception on 02 6246 7100

11am to 2pm

Life in Community (LinC) Art Workshop

Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo, Garema Place and City Walk, Civic

Thursday 10 October

The LinC program recognises that social connectedness is vital to wellbeing. LinC workshops promote positive mental health & wellbeing by connecting people to the community through creative activities. Join our inclusive art workshop at the Expo, meet new people and create!

Find out more: Contact Wellways Reception on 02 6246 7100

11am to 2pm

Mental Health Workshops and Information Sessions

Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo, Garema Place and City Walk, Civic

Thursday 10 October

Two 45-minute workshops will be held: 11.30am - 12.15pm and 1pm - 1.45pm. Both Workshops will be 15 minutes each of Drumming, Mindfulness Exercise and Mandala work.

11am to 2pm

Designing for Better Mental Health

Designing for Better Mental Health

Level 1, 44 Jardine Street, Kingston, ACT, 2604

Thursday 10 October

A discussion to explore how we design products and services that complement existing treatment pathways, improve outcomes for people experiencing mental illness, and connect this with public policy that can be personalised to every individual's changing needs.

5:30pm

S.A.D: A journey Through the Seasons of Mental Health

S.A.D: A journey Through the Seasons of Mental Health

Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT 2617

Thursday 10 October – Sunday 13 October

Returning after a sell out run in 2018, S.A.D is a movement theatre piece, that seeks to start an honest conversation about mental health. A colourful, original and dream like show full of laughter, tears, truth and we hope, healing. It's ok, not to be ok.

Find out more: www.sadaustralia.com

7.30pm Thursday - Saturday, 2.30pm Saturday Matinee

The Canberra Mental Health Film Festival

The Canberra Mental Health Film Festival

Various venues - Visit the link to find out more

Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October

The 2nd Canberra Mental Health Film Festival presented by This Is My Brave Australia Inc. Award winning films from all over the world on the theme of mental health that: • Provide an inspiring voice for social justice and human rights • Highlight positive contributions made by mental health consumers • Fight stigma and defy stereotypes associated with mental illness • Share real life stories Including special panel sessions with film makers and winners of the "Local Hero" Competition Cast your vote on screening nights for Best Film in Festival category by attending screenings.

Various times

AGA Story Poles

AGA Story Poles

AGA House, 8 Piguenit Close, North Lyneham

Saturday 12 October

Come along to learn and work with Aboriginal artists to paint up AGA Story Poles.

10am-4pm

My Treasure Workshop

My Treasure Workshop

Raiders Club, 1 Liardet Street, Weston

Saturday 12 October

My Treasure Workshop will engage multicultural women in art therapy. Participants will explore mental health by sharing personal stories and experience in a caring supportive environment. Every participant will paint an art piece that reflects something or someone they treasure.

11am to 2pm

Celebrity Charity All Star Game

Celebrity Charity All Star Game

MIT Ballpark Narrabundah

Saturday 12 October

A free community event where VFWL, Olympians, Politicians, and more come to play for Mental Health Peer Support Work. A gold coin donation where possible. Funds raised will go to support training to launch Peer Support graduates in Canberra and nationally. A big night at the ballpark!

5:30pm -7:30pm

Good Moods 2019

Good Moods 2019

Chisholm Tavern

Saturday 12 October

Good Moods is a mini festival featuring 6 great bands. All money raised goes to headspace Canberra in recognition of International Mental Health Awareness week. Entry is $10 at the door inc. a free drink. Come on down and help us support great local music while putting up a fight against the biggest killer of young people in Australia. Line Up includes: 6:30pm - Grace Gee 7:20pm - Bad Lunar

6:30-11:30

Perinatal Wellbeing Centre (PANDSI) Fest

Perinatal Wellbeing Centre (PANDSI) Fest

Weston Neighbourhood Oval Playground, Hilder Street, Weston.

Monday 14 October

For Mental Health Month PANDSI is hosting a community picnic in the park, with fun activities, sausage sizzle, cake stall, information on perinatal mental health, options for support and more. Bring your family and friends! The more the merrier!

Find out more: Visit www.facebook.com/events/715316702215744/ (or PANDSI Facebook Page - Events) and 6288 1936

10am - 12:30pm

Be Kind To Your Mind

CIT Bruce, CIT Reid, CIT Fyshwick, CIT Tuggeranong

Monday 14 – Thursday 17 October – one campus per day

Join us for live music from CIT bands, free food, information on mental health issues, art activities, inspiration posters, and handouts which help to reduce stigma and promote good mental health and wellbeing.

11am – 1pm

A drumming workshop for mental wellbeing

Ainslie Arts Centre Main Hall

Saturday 19 October

Sound Escape is a drumming workshop for mental wellbeing. Introducing hand drumming and percussion techniques from across different cultures we will be focusing on using drumming to alleviate stress, generate energy, promote creativity and meet new people. Everyone is welcome.

Find out more: www.musicforcanberra.org.au or call 6182-0030

10am – 1pm

"Do You Want Fries With That?"  - Mental Health Concert presented by Eelworks

"Do You Want Fries With That?" - Mental Health Concert presented by Eelworks

Nation's Heart, 27 Rae Street, Belconnen

Friday 18 October

Annual Concert for Mental Health, produced by Eelworks with all funds raised going to support the work of the Mental Health Foundation ACT. Performers include: Duncan n. Sargeant, Mick Brown, Ken Fraser (on the bagpipes) and MaD - a dynamic music duo. A light supper is provided for a gold coin donation.

Find out more:https://eelworks.com/events www.mhf.org.au or contact lyn.diskon@mhf/org.au

Doors open at 6:30pm

RESILIENCE – Celebrating Mental Health Month Open Call Art Exhibition

RESILIENCE – Celebrating Mental Health Month Open Call Art Exhibition

Gungaderra homestead, Harrison

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October

Celebrate mental health month by sharing your story of resilience in the form of an A3 work on paper. Entries are open to artists across Australia of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who would like to share a part of their mental health story. Join one of the artist-led workshops (see Resilience art workshops event for more info) to help get your ideas flowing, or create something in your studio or at home to submit. Entries open Monday 12 August. Entries close Monday 14 October.

Find out more: Visit https://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/resilience/ for entry details and workshop bookings or contact Michele Grimston, Gungahlin Community Arts Officer on Michele.grimston@belconnenartscentre.com.au or 0403 929 739 for enquiries.

The Great Amazing Wellbeing Race!

The Great Amazing Wellbeing Race!

Oval on Montford Cres, Lyneham (opposite the ACT Recovery College - Unit 2/9 Montford Cres)

Saturday 19 October

The Great Amazing Wellbeing Race is a fun, family-and-dog-friendly event. Register your team to compete for clues across 10 pitstops to win the inaugural Great Amazing Wellbeing Trophy. Enjoy a refreshing drink, music and cupcakes at the Finish Line!

10.30am registration for 11am start

Afternoon Tea with the Mental Health Advisory Council

Afternoon Tea with the Mental Health Advisory Council

National Portrait Gallery

Monday 21 October 2019

Members of the Mental Health Advisory Council request the honour of your presence at our afternoon tea. About this Event Each year 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental health issue. Approximately half of all individuals will experience issues with mental health in their lifetime. This could be you, a loved one, a family member, a friend, a colleague, a neighbor… Inspired by the 2019 ACT Mental Health Month theme ‘Conversations & Connection’, The Wellbeing Priori-Tea aims to bring people together to have a chat over a cuppa during Mental Health Month in October. Come and have afternoon tea with Members of the Mental Health Advisory Council and learn more about who they are, their work and role.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Peer Work Panel Event

Peer Work Panel Event

Johnson Auditorium, Pilgrim House - 69 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City

Tuesday 22 October

Peer workers have personal experience of mental illness. This workforce is growing rapidly, with research showing it is key to embedding person-first, recovery-oriented and trauma informed mental health services. Participate in this thought-provoking panel style event – you won’t be disappointed! Free but RSVPs essential. Questions must be submitted ahead of the event.

Find out more: www.mhccact.org.au/events-1/peer-work-panel-event or contact admin@mhccact.org.au.

12pm - 2.30pm

Mental Health Matters - Community Health Expo

Margaret Hendry School

Wednesday 22 October

Your Health Matters! Come on down and have something to eat, purchase a delicious coffee and chat to service providers. Learn Indigenous contemporary dance and yoga, and get your teeth checked all in one spot! Contact Tammi for more details.

Find out more: Contact Tammi.O’Callaghan@ed.act.edu.au or 61422800

3pm - 5pm