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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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A top time was had at Trephina Gorge in September where we watched Strings on the Rocks following a BBQ lunch Hi there, I am the new GROW-D2DL Officer who has come on-board to assist Carmel and Lynne in staffing the drop-in Centre and facilitating the GROW program. So how did I arrive at MHACA and why am I interested in mental health? In my early twenties I suffered from extreme anxiety to the point where it caused me to give up my chosen profession of teaching. One of those tough self-reliant types I never sought help but somehow managed to struggle though and survive. If only I had had the help of people like those here at MHACA maybe I would still be out there teaching ... So I want to be here to help raise awareness and help support those who might be suffering like I did. How did I get here? I had been campaigning online about mental health abuse and met Tanya Gordon through this (a young woman who recovered from spiraling anxiety and depression who visited Alice Springs in late August). Shortly after speaking with her I decided, should the chance arise, that I would like to become involved in mental health service provision and, as luck would have it, here I am. I have lived most of my life in Alice Springs and love the place. I am a secular humanist and love the great and varied team that MHACA brings together. Please come and say gidday if you see me around. Sean RecLink Update Aside from the usual activities which continue to be well attended, RecLink has started a Cricket Competition between consumers and staff from various organisations. The MHACA Nutcrackers are proud to report that they won their recent match against DASA on Wednesday, 12 November. Outstanding efforts in bowling and fielding were displayed by all!!! We hope to see a trophy in the Drop-In Centre soon! Everyone is welcome to join in so give us a call to get your name down on the team. See page 24 for a more detailed RecLink update. December 2008 - January 2009 Calendar! Watch out for the next calendar where well be including activities that clients have requested on their Christmas Surveys. We also have some great new activities for this period including some Play Writing workshops. Those writers or Thespians out there can dust off their talents and write and perform a play!!! Stay tuned for further details. Consumers will also have a chance to make their own greeting cards for family and friends! (cont. next page) Welcome to our new D2DL & GROW Officer Sean Broughton-Wright The pen is mightier than the sword! ... as some dedicated writers have been discovering at the Thursday afternoon Writing Group