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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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18 upd ate Training & Promotions Officer: Rita Riedel - phone 8950 4613 Training & Promotions An Awkward Fit - A Mothers Story ... In late July, we promoted a free community forum with guest speaker, Helen Maczkowiack, attended by around 20 people. Author of An Awkward Fit, Helen spoke of her sons struggles with depression and then how she coped following his suicidesee page 55 for more details. Mental health promotions training On 8-9 September, I attended a 2-day workshop Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing in Melbourne, followed by the 3-day 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health: Margins to Mainstream. Run by VicHealth, the workshop covered some of the latest trends and research in mental health promotion, and set the scene for the conference. Both were jam-packed with good information. For more details on both see page 45 (workshop) and page 52 (conference). Mental Health Week A range of events was organised for this year, with the highlight being Dinner with Jonathon Welchthe Founding Director of The Choir of Hard Knocks. Promotions also included radio interviews: with ABC, 8HA and the Murray Stewart Fitness Show. For a summary of activities see page 33. General promotion General promotional work has included: u preparing two more vertical display banners, one for taking to stalls and the other for Jay in Tennant Creek u preparing a logo for the Consumer Forum group u updating our MHACA postcard u preparing consumer story posters for Claudia to take to the 2008 TheMHS conference u preparing powerpoints on the Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing workshop and Margins to Mainstream conference for MHACAs Information Sharing session on 12 November u updating our MHACA and GROW powerpoints u updating the website on new programs and staff u monthly MHACA calendars u doing our annual membership drive mailout and u designing some new front-of-building signs for MHACA and GROW. Right: Rita and Jo catch up with Steve Fisher in Melbourne at the Margins to Mainstream Conference in September Headspace training As a consortium partner, MHACA has helped to organise and promote the first round of training workshops for Headspace. This has included three 1-day Train the Trainer workshops: u CAN DO for Young People, Families and Carers on 21 August CAN DO aims to strengthen, support and network key stakeholders who deliver services to young people and their families and carers in local areas, to improve the capacity to effectively respond to the complexities of co-existing mental health and substance use u SEE (Screening and Engaging Early) Young People on 22 August SEE YP focused on effective communication skills to build rapport and perform health risk screens as well as to assess the need for intervention and to provide basic health advice u Working with Families and Significant Others on 20 November to provide practitioners with effective strategies and tools with which to communicate, engage and support families and significant others in their understanding of and management of the young persons problems. Now that headspace are fully staffed the Training Coordinator role will be taken on by Judith Taylor. Initially developed for GPs the workshops are relevant to all service providers who work with young people at risk and will be rolled out in 2009. Headspace trainers and participants at the SEE Young People workshop In November, I visted the Congress Youth Outreach Team to talk about MHACA services. The team are from left: Greg Donald, Mark Gepp, Katy Walker and Bianka Schulz-Allan (and not in the photo, Irshad Auckburally).

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