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Media Releases 2019
30 October 2019
Connectedness celebrated at this year’s Mental Health Awards - ACT Government Media Release
Mental Health Month in the ACT has been capped off with a string Mental Health Awards for people and organisations who have made a significant contribution to the understanding, promotion and support of people living with a mental health illness in the ACT.
Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury congratulated the recipients of this year’s awards and acknowledged their professionalism and skills in such an important area.
“These awards are a symbol of the community’s appreciation for what the recipients have achieved for the general mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community,” Minister Rattenbury said today.
Mental Health Community Coalition ACT’s Executive Officer Simon Viereck said the ACT Mental Health Month Awards are a positive way to recognise and thank those in the ACT that are working to improve the experience of people living with mental health issues in the community and in their interactions with services.
“Every year I am inspired by the lengths people go to support and assist people with lived experience in the community. It is encouraging to see the quality of nominations we receive year on year. All the nominees are exceptional and should be celebrated regardless of who receives an award on the day,” Mr Viereck said.
9 October 2019
Canberra’s BIGGEST mental health event,
City Walk, Thursday 10 October, 11am-2pm
The ACT’s biggest annual mental health event, the ‘Mental Health & Wellbeing Expo’, kicks off in City Walk, Civic, from 11am – 2pm on Thursday 10 October - World Mental Health Day.
Mental Health Month is celebrated in over 100 countries. The Expo is the centrepiece of Mental Health Month in the ACT, and is a fun and informative market-style event with over eighty different organisations providing information about their services.
Last year we had over 3,000 people attend! 84% of attendees (2,520 people) said they learnt more about the mental health services or programs available in the ACT. 2,520 people can’t all be wrong!
1 October 2019
Mental Health Month kicks off in the ACT
Canberra will come alive this October with over 40 events celebrating Mental Health Month.
The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) coordinates Mental Health Month each year in the ACT. MHCC ACT Executive Officer Simon Viereck is warmed by the communities involvement this year.
“It has been great to see so many groups, organisations and businesses get behind this cause by hosting their own Mental Health Month event and help promote positive mental health in our community.”
“I encourage Canberrans to have a look at the full range of events in the calendar on the Mental Health Month ACT website and support these wonderful events.”
7 August 2019
Nominate now for the 2019 ACT Mental Health Month Awards
Individuals, groups, organisations, businesses and initiatives working to promote and improve the mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community will be recognised at the 2019 ACT Mental Health Month Awards this October.
MHCC ACT Executive Officer Simon Viereck encourages people to nominate. “We all know someone who is making an important and valued contribution to the mental health and wellbeing sector in the ACT. The ACT Mental Health Month Awards provide us with an opportunity to celebrate these people and initiatives and recognise the remarkable achievements they have made.”
The official award ceremony will take place at 3pm Tuesday 29 October at QT Canberra.
Media Releases 2018
9 October 2018
Mental Health Month Awards 2018 - Winners Announced
Today the ACT Mental Health Month Awards will recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations in the ACT who are working to promote and improve the understanding, awareness and general mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community.
“It’s good to take time out to recognise the outstanding contribution people and organisations are making to improve the overall mental health and wellbeing in our local community”, said MHCC ACT Executive Officer, Simon Viereck. “These awards are an important reminder of the support and initiatives we have in Canberra and the commitment many individuals make to improve the lives of others.”
The official award ceremony will take place at 2pm Tuesday 9 October at the ACT Legislative Assembly.
5 October 2018
Mental Health Month Launch Carnival.
The Minister for Mental Health, Shane Rattenbury, will officially launch Mental Health Month for the ACT today in Garema Place in Civic from 4.30pm-6.30pm. This is a free family friendly event under the city lights in a fun, laid-back carnival atmosphere.
The theme for this Mental Health Month is Growth and Identity – knowing who you are, accepting the past and growing into your future. We should all be able to say: “I’m me, I’m OK with me, I wouldn’t change a thing.” Click here to download the full release.
24 September 2018
Celebrate Mental Health Month throughout October.
The 2018 ACT Mental Health Month theme ‘Identity & Growth’, means knowing who you are, accepting the past and growing into your future. We need to be able to say, “I’m me, I’m okay with me, I wouldn’t change a thing”. This year Mental Health Month features an amazing calendar of events including a film festival, dragon boating, mindfulness workshops and relaxation activities. Click here to download the full release.
Media Releases 2017
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Mental Health Week Awards 2017, Winners Announced
This World Mental Health Day 2017, the efforts of outstanding individuals and programs in the ACT focused on improving the mental health of Canberrans have been recognised at the annual Mental Health Week Awards.
"Today's recipients are a representation of the level of commitment to mental health issues, mental health promotion and innovative support approaches that exist within the ACT”, said MHCC ACT Executive Officer, Simon Viereck.
Thursday 5 October 2017
Canberra celebrates Mental Health Week with free events throughout October
An outdoor live music concert showcasing local musicians marks the beginning of Mental Health Week 2017 this Sunday 8 October, kicking off a month-long calendar of events in the ACT. The Mental Health Week 2017 campaign ‘Stronger Together’, invites the community to share in a vision for full inclusion of people with mental health issues in a society that values the contribution of people with mental illness and offers support to support recovery.
Wednesday 29 March 2017
$1000 Reimbursement Grants available for Mental Health Week
Got a great idea for Mental Health Week?
We’d love to see as many people as possible involved in Mental Health Week. That’s why reimbursements of up to $1000 are available to community organisations, including schools, to help assist them host their own event as part of Mental Health Week.
Media Releases 2016
Tuesday 11 October 2016
Mental Health Week Awards - winners announced
Today the Mental Health Week Awards 2016 will recognise 10 outstanding individuals and organisations who have made a difference to the mental health of Canberrans. Australian international football player, Ashleigh Sykes and Manager of Canberra United, Heather Reid AM and will present the eight awards.
Thursday 29 September 2016
Mental Health Week is coming to Canberra
Wellbeing will take centre stage in Canberra during Mental Health Week 2016 with an incredible week of fun and engaging free events open to everyone. Mental Health Week ACT 2016 runs from Sunday 9 October – Saturday 15 October. The official calendar is now available and features over 25 events open to the public.
Thursday 21 April 2016
$1k grants available for Mental Health Week
Got a great idea for Mental Health Week? Then why not apply for a reimbursement grant?
Reimbursements of up to $1000 are available to community organisations to help cover the costs of hosting an event as part of Mental Health Week. The number of reimbursements available is limited so submit your application today.
Click here to download the full release [PDF 0.1 MB].
Media Releases 2015
Friday 2 October 2015
Mental Health Week starts next week
Mental Health Week ACT 2015 commences this Sunday 4 October and runs until Saturday 10 October. This year Mental Health Week ACT 2015 features around 30 fun events as part of an amazing calendar of activities. Events are being held across Canberra and include a poetry night, short film festival, theatre show, art exhibitions, an expo as well as much more.
Click here to download the media release.
Friday 25 September 2015
Language matters when reporting on mental health issues
Mental Health Week is just around the corner and will be celebrated in the ACT from 4‐10 October 2015.
During this time, it is anticipated that the media will be reporting on a variety of mental health related issues.
This backgrounder is intended to supply the media with some useful resources regarding suggested appropriate language when reporting on mental health issues.
Friday 7 August 2015
Calling all budding poets and film makers
Got a great idea for a short film or poem about mental health or illness? Here’s your chance to share your unique personal story or your interpretation of mental illness at the Mindscapes Art Festival 2015.
Tuesday 4 August 2015
Mental Health Week is coming to Canberra
Wellbeing will take centre stage in Canberra during Mental Health Week 2015 with an incredible line-up of fun and engaging free events that are open to everyone.