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7 - 15 October 2023
June eNews

Welcome to the June edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) eNews! We have some important reminders and sector updates to share with you.


Firstly, thank you to everyone who applied for the QMHW Community Events Grant Program. We saw a record number of applications this year - a total of 272! The applications are now in the assessment phase, with outcomes to be announced in July.


We're excited to announce that the first wave of QMHW 2023 resources is now available to download from our website. Featuring the 2023 theme 'Awareness, Belonging, Connection', the resources include posters and social media tiles. These valuable materials will help you plan events that promote mental health awareness and wellbeing. Additional materials will be available in the coming months and merch will be available to purchase shortly.


Additionally, applications for the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition closed earlier this month. The exhibition will be held from Friday 6 to Thursday 12 October at King George Square. Hosted by the Richmond Fellowship Queensland (RFQ), this curated exhibition will showcase more than 200 artworks by artists with lived experiences of mental health challenges.


Thank you for your support of QMHW. Let's persist in our collaborative efforts to promote mental health awareness and emphasise the importance of belonging and connection.

Ideas and tips for event hosts, plus resources

Hosting a QMHW event is a great way to bring people together to raise awareness and increase belonging and connection among your community. Looking for inspiration? Jump on our website and download the Event Starter Kit for event ideas, plus plenty of planning and promotional tips. There's also a range of other resources available to help you spread the word.

Learn more
Make it official! Register your event

By registering, your event will be acknowledged as an official QMHW event. Gain access to all the benefits including:

  • your own page on the QMHW website
  • permission to use the QMHW logo to use on promotional materials
  • the option to be mentioned in our communications
  • your event will literally ‘be on the map'
Learn more
Movie in the Park - Morayfield East

Experience the magic of cinema under the stars at Movie in the Park Morayfield East on Saturday 14th October during Queensland Mental Health Week. Enjoy an evening of family entertainment, delicious food, and kids entertainment hosted at Morayfield East State School. Bring a picnic rug and folding chairs to settle in before the popular kids movie (TBA) on the big screen at 6pm. Of course movie snacks like popcorn and fairy floss will be available.

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Mindful FUNC – The Science of Wellbeing

Learn how to optimise your stress response and use it to your advantage when you attend this fun event on Saturday 14 October at 1.30pm in Burleigh Waters.


Be introduced to the science behind connection with some fun activities, including a wine/cheese/chocolate tasting/mindfulness exercise, along with journaling, goal setting and more.

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Connecting for Awareness

Visit Scarness Park on Wednesday 11 October from 10am, for a fun and informative day celebrating connection and awareness. Discover amazing Fraser Coast community services, gain support and have fun with games for all ages. There will be a Men's Walk and Talk-BBQ and other activities including face painting, pot planting, craft, sound healing and more.

Learn more
Share your story

We are looking for stories that will help raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing, increase understanding of mental illness and recovery, and highlight the positive impact QMHW events can have on Queensland communities. You can share your story here.

Embrace nature

Spending time in nature has fabulous benefits for your mental wellbeing. It’s also been shown to have wider health benefits like building your immune system, increasing vitamin D levels and lowering your blood pressure. There are many ways to enjoy nature, including bushwalking, cycling, eating outside, pitching a tent, stargazing and more.

More nature tips
People walking in nature
Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Happier with Gretchen Rubin's is a laid-back family-style podcast which focuses on finding a few quick ways of increasing your holistic happiness in every episode. You'll hear tips on breaking bad habits, overcoming loneliness and anxiety, setting boundaries and much more. If you're looking for positive insights and tips take a listen.

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Helping others

Sometimes we worry about those in our lives we hold dear, but expressing concern can be tricky. The Black Dog Institue have produced a a factsheet with information on what you can do to help someone you're worried about, and where you can go to seek help if you need it.

Download factsheet

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, the week will be held from 2-9 July. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country.


To find out more about NAIDOC Week and this year's theme click here.

Voice of Queenslanders with Disability results

Recently, the results of the Voice of Queenslanders with Disability survey were released. The survey results show that most Queenslanders feel progress is being made, but there is still a lot of of room for improvement, with nearly a quarter (24%) of respondents stated they felt life has worsened in the last year.


To find out more and read the full survey report click here.

Queensland Mental Health Week and CheckUP logos side by side

Funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Mental Health Commission, Queensland Mental Health Week is coordinated by CheckUP and delivered through strong cross-sector collaboration.


We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water, and community. We pay respect to Elders past and present and future leaders.

We also acknowledge people living with mental health challenges, problematic alcohol and other drugs use, as well as those impacted by suicide, their families, carers and support people.

24/7 Crisis Helplines

If you need immediate support, Lifeline (13 11 14) and the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467) are available 24/7. In an emergency, call 000.

Contact CheckUP

PO Box 3205, South Brisbane Queensland 4101

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