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Media releases 2022

14 October 2022

Awards recognise those who boost our community’s wellbeing

The annual ACT Mental Health Month Awards and scholarships were presented to 14 outstanding award recipients on Friday 14 October, from 4:30pm.

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29 September 2022

Join your community for Mental Health Month

There is something for every Canberran to enjoy and learn from during Mental Health Month ACT. Whether you have a mental health condition, have a loved one that does, or just want to boost your mental wellbeing, you can get involved in the many events and activities this October.

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18 August 2022

Have a cuppa for mental health this October

The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) is asking Canberrans to take a break in their workplaces or community in October and make mental health a priority by hosting a Wellbeing Priori-Tea.

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28 July 2022

Get involved with Mental Health Month ACT

This October, the ACT will be home to a remarkable array of events for Mental Health Month ACT 2022. There will be something for every Canberran and many ways to get involved: as a participant, stallholder, presenter or performer.

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20 July 2022

Recognising those who care for our mental health

Nominations are now open for the 2022 ACT Mental Health Month Awards, which recognise the achievements of individuals, groups, organisations, businesses and initiatives in the area of mental health in the ACT.

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17 May 2022

Applications open for Mental Health Month ACT event grants of up to $5000

Groups and organisations in the ACT can now apply for reimbursement grants of up $5000 to help run events that build and maintain our community’s mental health and wellbeing during Mental Health Week from 8 to 16 October 2022. 

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Media releases 2021

29 September 2021

Launch of Mental Health Month sees a united front among leaders and elders in Canberra on October 1st 


Mental Health Month will launch on October 1st in a formal ceremony that includes a traditional Ngunnawal welcome to country and smoking ceremony. Minister for mental health Emma Davidson will officiate the opening, with Dr Elizabeth Moore and Minister Stephen-Smith also making an address in this live streamed event. 

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21 July 2021

Grant funding for community events supports positive mental health in Canberra

Mental Health Month announces up to 30 grant funded events for the Canberra community to be held throughout October this year. Organisations are granted up to $1000 to run an event for Mental Health Month this October and help Canberrans navigate their mental health.

Mental Health Month ACT Coordinator Alison Hall says “The community events are a vital part of Mental Health Month. We are excited to be supporting so many wonderful events that the community can get involved in during October.”

“We have such a diverse range of events happening this year from mental health first aid courses, to walks, talks, craft workshops, gardening, self-care sessions, wellbeing festivals and fun days and the annual This is My Brave Australia international mental health film festival.”

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12 May 2021

Mental Health Month Grant Program provides $1000 for communities to host an event this October.

Reimbursement grants of up $1000 are available for organisations, community groups, schools, universities and faith-based groups to host events for Mental Health Month ACT in October 2021. 

Mental Health Month occurs each October in the ACT and is coordinated by The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT). 

MHCC ACT CEO Bec Cody states, “Mental Health Month is about encouraging positive attitudes towards wellbeing and reducing the stigma around mental health and mental illness. It is a time for the Canberra community to come together and look after the mental wellbeing of all.”

Community run events play a major role in the ACT’s Mental Health Month program with around 30-40 events happening across October in previous years. Mental Health Month, together with the ACT Government, provide reimbursement grants of up to $1000 to support community events.

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