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9 - 17 October 2021
QMHW eNews #7

Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) starts this Saturday! This year it is more important than ever that we all take time for our mental health and to look out for those we know and love.


Whether you host or attend an event, take time for your own mental health, start a conversation or share help-seeking information...every little bit counts in raising awareness!


In terms of events, there are 300 registered activities and we'd love your help surpassing last year's tally of 305 events before the week begins. So, if you have something planned, make sure to have your activity (it can be listed as either private or public) counted.


>>> Register your support here.


COVID-19 SAFETY 😷 To help everyone have a good time and stay safe, all those holding events and activities to celebrate QMHW must ensure they comply with the requirements of the Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions and the COVID Safe Events Framework.

Spread the word

Help let your communities know QMHW is coming! We have a suite of resources available for download that you can use across communication platforms, including social media tiles and an email signature. We also have some suggested copy to accompany these resources.

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Help turn Queensland purple and green

This year we're encouraging everyone to help turn Queensland the QMHW colours - purple and green! Why not host a 'Wear Purple' day or Zoom call, have a themed morning tea, or pop a purple light globe in the window of your business to show that mental health is important to you?


The Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge and the Reddacliff Place sculptures in Brisbane will be lit green and puple on October 10.

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Enter our challenges

Take time for your mental health and have some fun by entering our challenges! There is a mindfulness coluring-in competition, plus we're encouraging people to share how they engage in selfcare by sharing a post on Instagram with the hashtag #QMHWTakeTime.

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Mental health week events

With 300 events happening across the state to celebrate QMHW, you can find a way to get involved and show your support. Whether it be a family friendly expo, an online webinar, or a fun and creative activity, check out the events calendar to find what suits you.


It's also an important year for many events! The Recovered Futures Art Exhibition, hosted by Richmond Fellowship Queensland, are celebrating 30 years, while the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, hosted by Open Minds, are celebrating 25 years.


Below are just a few of the many events happening across the state. Please keep in mind that each event may have a different registration process, so please get in touch with the organiser directly if you have any questions.

Community celebrations

October 8 - There is a Lockyer Valley Community Wellbeing Day and Upbeat Arts is presenting the concert Once Upon A Time.

October 9 - The Coffee & Connections Health and Wellbeing Expo is happening in Ayr.

October 10 - The Mental Awareness Foundation are holding the Walk for Awareness at Kangaroo Point, plus a virtual option is available so you can join from anywhere. Also, selectability are hosting Take Time for Mental Health … On Your Bike community events in Townsville and Mackay.

October 11 - Emu Park Men’s Shed are opening their doors to the general community, Cara Counselling are holding a Walk and Talk Counselling taster along the Kedron Brook, and Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld are hosting Latte n Letters.

October 12 - St John's Crisis Center is holding a Taking Time for Mental Health event for clients and the community in Surfers Paradise.

October 13 - Enjoy Mindfulness Rock Art and Morning Tea with Lives Lived Well and Beaucare in Beaudesert.

October 14 - There is a Take Time community event in Bundaberg.

October 15 - The 3rd Annual QMHW Bishop Putney 9s carnival will be held in Townsville to fundraise for a mental health charity. There will also be a Seniors Take Time for Mental Health event hosted by The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc.

October 16 - In Mackay there is a Pride Family Day.

October 17 - A First Nations Cultural Wellbeing Expo is being held at Westfield Helensvale and a Wellbeing Festival is being held in West End.

Workplace events

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are hosting a series of online events to promote mentally healthy workplaces, including the Mental Health Forum on October 11. Windsor Group are hosting this year’s Annual Mental Health Symposium at the Brisbane Club on October 12. Thrive in Work are hosting a Stress Less Day in Cairns on October 13.

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Youth events

The Positive Mindset StreetFest is being held in Logan on October 8. headspace Hervey Bay have organised a Scavenger Hunt on October 8 and a Trivia Night on October 16. On October 11, headspace Mount Isa will Hit the Hill to encourage the community to take the time for their mental well-being, while Cairns Libraries and headspace Cairns have worked together organise a Drop in session. Also, Harness your mind with adventure therapy is being held by Youth Flourish Outdoors Ltd on October 17 at Kangaroo Point.

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Creative arts

On October 9, Art Therapy Gold Coast will launch the Take Time: Art Exhibition while Mentally Healthy City Townsville are launching Journeys. In Brisbane the Recovered Furtures Art Exhibition will be open for viewing from October 9-15, the Out From The Mist exhibition​ will be open from October 12-15, and Laura Lewis’ exhibition Dandelions! Weeds or wishes? will run throughout October. The Junction Art Exhibition will be open in Cairns from October 9-17, with a launch on October 12. In Kingston there is an Art Workshop on October 12ArtBeat will be held on the Gold Coast on October 15. Plus, selectability is holding Indigenous Art Workshops for Adults and Youth.

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Caring for carers

Arafmi Ltd is hosting its Seventh Carer Forum 'Take Time – For Carer Mental Health' on October 13. Arafmi are also partnering with the Lovewell Foundation and the Lovewell Cafe to to hold a Take Time to Connect event for carers on October 12. On October 14, selectability are hosting a Morning Tea for Carers in Ingham and St John Ambulance Queensland is hosting a Caring for Carers event in South Brisbane.

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Contact us

For further event updates, resources, wellbeing activity ideas and more, make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!


If you have any questions, please get in touch.


Lisa Maynard

QMHW Coordinator, CheckUP

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Mental health support

Visit the 'Find help' page on the QMHW website for links to mental health services. 

For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14 📲.

🚨 If you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others, seek immediate assistance by calling Triple Zero (000).


Acknowledgent of Traditional Owners

CheckUP acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands from across Queensland. We pay our respect to the Elders, past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the state.


This site is a joint initiative by Queensland Mental Health Week partners, coordinated by CheckUP.

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