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Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019



Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 MENTAL HEALTH WEEK ADVERTISING FEATURE 19 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Act this Mental Health Week MENTAL Health Week starts on Monday October 7 through to Friday October 12. This is an annual event which occurs the second week of October, with the aim of improving community awareness of mental health and wellbeing and to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Each year the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) organises an online calendar to promotes events and activities across the Territory. The distribution of small grants, called the mini grants has enabled organisations and service providers to plan and hold events and activities throughout the week. An official opening of Mental Health Week, a launch in Darwin and other parts of the Territory marks the start of Mental Health Week for 2019. The Mental Health Com munity Awards recognises the work service providers, staff, carers do throughout the year to support people living with mental illness. It is estimated that mental health issues affect more than one in five Australians every year. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge, followed by depression and substance use disorder. The theme for Mental Health Week in 2019 is Mental health begins where we live, learn, work and play, acknowledging a combination of factors which impact our mental wellbeing every day, NTMHC chief executive Vanessa Harris said. With one in five Australians impacted by mental illness each year it is important for us to reduce the stigma that still exists around mental health disorders in our community. With 35 member organis ations across the Territory offering a range of services and programs for people who suffer from mental ill health as well as support for their carers, Mental Health Week is an opportunity to show your support and have the conversations. The important thing is that people dont have to suffer in silence and should be encouraged to reach out for help, Ms Harris said. With 3046 people having lost their lives to suicide in 2018 in Australia, we know that much more needs to be done in reducing stigma and raising the profile of mental health support services. We invite communities across the Territory to participate in activities throughout the week as well as to find out more about the services in your region, towns and community, and to support people and their carers living with mental illness. K-Towns new headspace HEADSPACE Katherine has officially opened its doors, giving young people aged 12 to 25 access to a youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing service. The new centre is managed by Anglicare NT, who have successfully operated headspace Darwin for the past 12 years. Headspace Katherine is a welcoming and accessible place where young people will get the mental health support they need, said Anglicare NT chief executive Dave Pugh. Young people, families, Elders and local organis ations, including local Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, have all provided input on the fit out and design of services to be offered. It is centrally located at the Randazzo Centre on Katherine Tce. The service also includes a mobile outreach clinic that will visit the Aboriginal communities of Binjari, Beswick, Jilkminggan and Pine Creek/Kybrook Farm. The mobile clinic will provide regular visiting clinical services for young people and community education sessions about youth mental health for young people, their families and community members, said Mr Pugh. We look forward to work ing with the dedicated services already on the ground in Katherine and surrounding communities. The headspace model is based on early intervention with the knowledge that adolescence and early adulthood is a critical time in a persons life. In 2018/2019 alone, almost 100,000 young people accessed headspace centres, with half a million services provided. Headspace Katherine is supported by funding from both NT and Australian governments and the NT Health Network. The new headspace centre in Katherine Picture: SUPPLIED headspace offers health advice, support and information for young people aged 12 to 25. headspace Darwin 13-17 Scaturchio Street Casuarina 08 8931 5999 headspace.org.au/darwin headspace Katherine 1/16 Katherine Terrace Katherine 08 8912 4000 headspace.org.au/katherine Follow us on Facebook and Instagram Artist; Dana Lynn Duncan Title; A Place Somewhere Mental Health starts where you live, learn, work and play eo@ntmhc.org.au | 8948 2246 Oct 7-12, 2019 Northern Territory Mental H ealth week