Mental Health Month Events

With over 30 events planned across the ACT for Mental Health Month in 2021, it is set to be another amazing year!

COVID-19 Lockdown in the ACT has meant many events have changed how, what and when they will deliver events for Mental Health Month this year. Please check with the event provider whether there have been any changes to the format of the event. 

If you are interested in hosting an event for 2021 and would like to promote it in the calendar we encourage you to register your event. 

Calendar of Events 2021

Navigate Your Mental Health Trail

Navigate Your Mental Health Trail

30 September 2021, 2:00:00 pm

your local area!

This October you are invited to Navigate your mental health Trail! The Trail consists of daily activities and weekly themes based on wellbeing tips that support positive mental health. Complete the activities at your own pace and check them off as you go!

Mental Health Month Opening Ceremony

Mental Health Month Opening Ceremony

1 October 2021, 12:30:00 am

Online

Come join us for the formal opening of Mental Health Month ACT 2021.

The Movement Project

The Movement Project

1 October 2021, 2:00:00 am

Online

An introductory program to Creative Dance and Movement developed to complete online and at you own pace over an 8 week period. The Movement Project is an organisation that supports the development of creative programs for the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Red Flag Canberra Free Mental Health First Aid Certificate Course

Red Flag Canberra Free Mental Health First Aid Certificate Course

2 October 2021, 12:00:00 am

Online

Approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Completing an MHFA Course will help community members to develop the skills to support a friend, family member or co-worker with mental health issues
Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.
The course is run by qualified MHFA Course instructor Tim Daly.
The course is run over two Saturdays (2nd & 9th, 10am - 5pm) and is available to 20 community members for free.

Managing stress during COVID-19 when geographically separated from family

Managing stress during COVID-19 when geographically separated from family

3 October 2021, 8:00:00 am

Online

SiTara’s Story invites you to a CALD webinar with Priscilla Jaya.

Priscilia is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Trainer, Leadership and Distress Resolution coach. She will share her own jouney of loss, hope, recovery, resilience in the face of mental health conditions. This webinar will help the people from CALD background to understand the mental health issues a migrant may face and how they can get help or support.

Priscilla is a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness. about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.

A Healthy Mind for A Happy Life session 1: Chinese Session (Cantonese & Mandarin languages)

A Healthy Mind for A Happy Life session 1: Chinese Session (Cantonese & Mandarin languages)

4 October 2021, 11:30:00 pm

Online via Zoom

To raise community awareness and understanding of mental illness, encourage positive attitudes, decrease the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness particularly among those from CALD backgrounds. Promote positive mental, physical, social and spiritual health and wellbeing in the community.

For Chinese session, please contact Joanna via Wechat or text 0422737751 by Tuesday 21st Sept.

Virtual Health Fair

Virtual Health Fair

6 October 2021, 11:00:00 pm

Online

Mental health isn't just about the brain, it is about all aspects of our wellbeing. Come along to the ANU Virtual Health Fair to meet health services across Canberra and student health initiatives. All are welcome to join.

Re-Orient. Riding the unknown in arts practice

Re-Orient. Riding the unknown in arts practice

7 October 2021, 12:00:00 am

Online via Zoom

As part of Re-Storying, the Resilience Project, Re-Orient is geared towards providing artists and creatives with tools to find continuity across interruption and disruption. Develop new methodologies that help you reorient, regroup and change direction in your arts practice.

Self Care: What’s your oxygen mask

Self Care: What’s your oxygen mask

7 October 2021, 11:00:00 pm

27 Mulley St, Holder ACT 2611, Australia

A day of bite sized workshops and information sessions raising the awareness and importance of self care.

4th International This Is My Brave Mental Health Film Festival

4th International This Is My Brave Mental Health Film Festival

10 October 2021, 3:00:00 am

Virtual Festival

Our 2021 This IS My Brave Mental Health Film Festival "with a difference". With most film festivals the focus is on filmmaking excellence whereas the TIMBMHFF is all about the ability of the story to: Provide an inspiring voice for social justice and human rights for people with mental illness; Highlight positive contributions made by mental health recipients; Fight stigma and defy stereotypes associated with mental illness; Share real-life stories of people with mental health concerns. To us it is the story that matters because #storytellingsaveslives.

Light Up for World Mental Health Day

Light Up for World Mental Health Day

10 October 2021, 6:00:00 am

Aspen Island, Parkes ACT 2600, Australia

To celebrate World Mental Health Day and break the stigma around mental health we are lighting up the National Carillion and Telstra Tower on Sunday 10 October in Green and Purple!

Perinatal Wellbeing Fest: Book a Date with Self Care!

Perinatal Wellbeing Fest: Book a Date with Self Care!

10 October 2021, 1:00:00 pm

Online

This 4 day online event will share skills, opportunities and ideas to help you find out more about self care and make it a part of your routine. Between Monday and Friday we'll invite you to join us for live online events including yoga, skills share activities and live online discussions to help you learn more about the importance and personal impact of self care and self compassion, and how creating space for self care in your routine can benefit you and your family.

Wellcare Australia Art Exhibition 2021

Wellcare Australia Art Exhibition 2021

10 October 2021, 10:00:00 pm

Online

On this world mental health day, Wellcare Australia use this as an opportunity to showcase the talents of our participants.We have use the virtual platform this year due to the Covid situation that we have around. We are inviting you all to watch and enjoy the skills of our participants through this virtual exhibition.

Biodanza - Time to Connect

Biodanza - Time to Connect

11 October 2021, 8:00:00 am

Online

Join us on Monday nights for Time to Connect. A facilitated space for you to share, dance, move and flow with beautiful music and the presence of others. Everyone is welcome. We will do simple yet powerful dances that uplift and support you at this time. They will help you to feel steady and grounded, activate your creativity and take care of your inner world of feelings.

Re-Orient. Riding the unknown in arts practice

Re-Orient. Riding the unknown in arts practice

12 October 2021, 12:00:00 am

Online via Zoom

As part of Re-Storying, the Resilience Project, Re-Orient is geared towards providing artists and creatives with tools to find continuity across interruption and disruption. Develop new methodologies that help you reorient, regroup and change direction in your arts practice.

EMPOWER - Beyond R U OK

EMPOWER - Beyond R U OK

12 October 2021, 1:00:00 am

Online

This free 2-hour EMPOWER session, provides a general perspective of mental health and well-being and provides skills to help you go beyond just asking "R U OK?".

Facing the Challenges of Young Men's Mental Health - A Panel Discussion

Facing the Challenges of Young Men's Mental Health - A Panel Discussion

12 October 2021, 1:30:00 am

Online

Join Peter Lennon (Reconxted), Martin Fisk (Menslink), Dr Amar Dhall, Lockie Cooke (iYarn) and PJ Lennon (student) whilst we explore this important topic

Emotional agility: Doing what matters when life is tough

Emotional agility: Doing what matters when life is tough

12 October 2021, 11:30:00 pm

Online

Emotions are a part of life. How do you respond to them? As part of Mental Health Month, Dr Jo Lane will talk about strategies to increase emotional agility by holding emotions loosely, facing them, and living a values-driven life.

Re-Combine: Configuring practices to sustain our future agency as artists

Re-Combine: Configuring practices to sustain our future agency as artists

14 October 2021, 12:00:00 am

Online via Zoom

As part of Re-Storying, the Resilience Project, Re-Combine focuses on how to understand your agency as an artist in times of uncertainty. Exercises visualise how we can reconfigure our practices, playfully, joyfully and artistically in a world with so much disruption and change.

Unstoppable Hour of Power

Unstoppable Hour of Power

15 October 2021, 5:00:00 am

online

Consider this your moment to be and feel Unstoppable - take an early mark next Friday, 15 October at 4pm and join us for an uplifting event which will inspire, motivate and excite you to spread positive vibes amongst your community.
Hosted by Lifeline ACT CEO, Carrie-Ann Leeson and Kulture Break Founder, Francis Owusu, the event will see you dancing with multi-platinum performer, Timomatic, cooking with Head Chef, Jamie Gannon and joining in on the banter with Aussie favourites, Dave Hughes and Erin Molan.
It's the perfect way to acknowledge Mental Health Week, so share this with your friends, family and colleagues to make them feel Unstoppable!
Free to attend. Get your tickets now!

Caring for the Carers

Caring for the Carers

16 October 2021, 2:30:00 am

Virtual

We would like to offer Carers a care pack - our in person event will plan to reconvene in November.

Cheryl Turek 0416 030 323

Lived Experiences - Unveiling The Hidden Storms

Lived Experiences - Unveiling The Hidden Storms

16 October 2021, 8:00:00 am

Online

Born To Shine invites you to the Zoom seminar on 16th October 2021 at 7PM AEST This is a lively discussion, with our special guests as they share their life experiences and how they have dealt with mental health issues and turned their trauma into a triumphant outcome.

#BeAPhynix - Walk For Mental Health

#BeAPhynix - Walk For Mental Health

17 October 2021, 1:00:00 am

Lake Burley Griffin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Let's get together and have a walk around Lake Burley Griffin in the sunshine, relieve some stress, create some new connections. Physical distancing applies.

24th Freeee Floral Frock Fringe Festival

24th Freeee Floral Frock Fringe Festival

17 October 2021, 4:30:00 am

76 Alinga St, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Art and Music event which began in 1997 as a GravyTRAM (music with fun & glam) buskerthon outside Floriade, and came home to roost at Smith's Alternative as an A.C.T. Mental Health Month Event in 2020. By neuroatypical for neuroatypical+.

Biodanza - Time to Connect

Biodanza - Time to Connect

18 October 2021, 8:00:00 am

Online

Join us on Monday nights for Time to Connect. A facilitated space for you to share, dance, move and flow with beautiful music and the presence of others. Everyone is welcome. We will do simple yet powerful dances that uplift and support you at this time. They will help you to feel steady and grounded, activate your creativity and take care of your inner world of feelings.

Re-Combine: Configuring practices to sustain our future agency as artists

Re-Combine: Configuring practices to sustain our future agency as artists

19 October 2021, 12:00:00 am

Online via Zoom

As part of Re-Storying, the Resilience Project, Re-Combine focuses on how to understand your agency as an artist in times of uncertainty. Exercises visualise how we can reconfigure our practices, playfully, joyfully and artistically in a world with so much disruption and change.

EMPOWER - Beyond R U OK

EMPOWER - Beyond R U OK

19 October 2021, 1:00:00 am

Online

This free 2-hour EMPOWER session, provides a general perspective of mental health and well-being and provides skills to help you go beyond just asking "R U OK?".

Art and Mindfulness with Jessica Watson-Thorp

Art and Mindfulness with Jessica Watson-Thorp

19 October 2021, 11:00:00 pm

Online

These simple two-hour sessions use everyday materials you find at home and Jessica’s friendly approachable manner to guide you through a creative experience in a simple and supported way. No experience necessary. Anyone can attend these sessions!

Amie Davis – 0439070758 or lincact@wellways.org

A Beary Lovely Morning

A Beary Lovely Morning

20 October 2021, 11:00:00 pm

145/146 Benjamin Way, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia

Mental health consumers are warmly invited to a ‘beary’ lovely morning where you will build your own personal teddy bear buddy.

actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au or call 6230 5796

Walk for good mental health

Walk for good mental health

23 October 2021, 12:00:00 am

Virtual Walk

This is a closed event for Participants and Volunteers from the Compeer Program. This event will start with a Compeer ‘Walk for good mental health” and will include a picnic lunch in Nara Peace Park.

Respite

Respite

24 October 2021, 3:00:00 am

Online via Zoom

EMPOWER - Beyond R U OK

EMPOWER - Beyond R U OK

26 October 2021, 1:00:00 am

Online

This free 2-hour EMPOWER session, provides a general perspective of mental health and well-being and provides skills to help you go beyond just asking "R U OK?".

Centrelink- Your Rights

Centrelink- Your Rights

29 October 2021, 1:30:00 am

Kinhill, 21 Barry Dr, Turner ACT 2612, Australia

Join Canberra Community Law for a lunchtime seminar on accessing the Disability Support Pension (DSP) for people with mental illness. The seminar will cover applying for the DSP, appealing Centrelink DSP rejection/cancellation decisions and other Centrelink help for people with disability.

ACT Mental Health Month Awards

ACT Mental Health Month Awards

29 October 2021, 4:00:00 am

Online

The ACT Mental Health Month Awards aim to recognise the achievements of individuals, groups, organisations, businesses and initiatives in the area of Mental Health in the ACT.

Fragments Book Launch

Fragments Book Launch

29 October 2021, 6:00:00 am

47 Jardine St, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia

Join Canberra author-playwright, Maura Pierlot in launching Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection on Thursday, 21 October, 6pm at The Book Cow in Kingston. Adapted from Maura’s successful play, Fragments explores mental health issues facing young people. Join the conversation.

Let’s Look at Depression

Let’s Look at Depression

12 November 2021, 10:00:00 pm

32 Dallachy St, Page ACT 2614, Australia

Depression is becoming a common experience. This free event turns the spotlight on depression in the opening session entitled “Mental Health”. The following session “Stress Better,” looks at life skills which improve the mental health of participants.

belconnenshed.com.au

Exercising Your Mind & Body

Exercising Your Mind & Body

2 December 2021, 11:30:00 pm

20 Genge St, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

We invite you to a workshop with the theme “Exercising Your Mind & Body” with gentle exercise and mindfulness techniques. You may choose to participate or simply observe and enjoy. Resource packs including stress balls and exercise sheets, will be provided for participants.