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7 - 15 October 2023
October eNews

Hi friend,


As we come to the end of October, we'd like to thank everyone who got involved in Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) this year. It was a big one! In this newsletter we'll cover QMHW news, highlights from the week, and how you can help shape QMHW in the future.

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.

What did you think of QMHW 2023?

Go in the draw to win a $100 Visa gift card and help us make QMHW better by completing our feedback survey. Respodents who complete the survey before it closes at 5:00pm November 6 and opt in by providing their email or phone number will go into the draw. Open to Queensland residents only. Terms and conditions apply.

Vote in the QMHW social media challenge

People across Queensland were encouraged to share photos from QMHW events in our social media challenge. People who entered the competition by sharing event photos with #QMHW and tagging our social pages are now in the running to win prizes thanks to our prize sponsor, HESTA.


Voting for the people's choice winners ends at 5:00pm today, October 31. Vote for your favourite event picture by liking or reacting the photo in our Facebook photo album of entries. The two photos with the most reacts each at 5:00pm today will win a $100 Visa gift card.

Walk for Awareness

The 2023 Walk for Awareness was a spectacular success with over 2,000 people joining the walk on October 9. The Mental Awareness Foundation have just released a video documenting the day. You can watch it on their Facebook page.

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Achievement Awards

The 2023 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement awards ceremony, hosted by Open Minds, was held on October 13. Eleven winners were announced for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to improving the lives of Queenslanders living with mental illness.

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WorkSafe Queensland livestreams

As part of both QMHW and Safe Work Month, WorkSafe Queensland hosted a series of four livestreams about various workplace mental health topics, as well as a sold out breakfast seminar. The livestreams received over 3,000 registrations. Don't worry if you missed out seeing them live because you can now watch all four on YouTube.

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Funding announced at Parliament House event

The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP announced an investment of $1.15 million to increase lived experience capacity in Queensland and another $1 million for a Better Futures Grants program at the Parliament House QMHW event.

The program will allow big ideas for reform to be transformed into pilots that can be tested in real life settings. More information and the online proposal form can be found on the QMHC website.

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Submit an affirmation

If you've got a great affirmation, a mantra you live by, or a wellbeing tip that never fails to turn your day around, we'd love to hear it!


Share your knowledge with the community by submitting an affirmation or wellbeing tip below for the chance to be featured in next year's affirmation deck!

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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. Do you have a story you want to share?

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Financial stress and your wellbeing

Many people are feeling some level of financial pressure right now. Increased financial pressure can cause stress or anxiety — leading to impacts on physical and mental health. According to a 2017 study* by life, health and wellbeing insurer — AIA Australia*, there is a strong connection between physical, mental and financial wellbeing. Research from Heartward Strategic also shows that people experiencing financial challenges are at least twice as likely to encounter mental health issues than those who aren’t*.


So, improving your financial wellbeing could have a positive impact on your physical and mental wellbeing.


Ways to improve your financial wellbeing

  • Recognise financial ‘red flags’ - these may include getting behind on your mortgage repayments and paying bills late or not paying them.
  • Become financially educated - there are many free websites providing financial education. Have a look at the government’s MoneySmart website as a first step.
  • Plan and budget  - a clear budget can help you restructure spending, manage debt, and change spending habits. Work out where your money is going with ASIC's MoneySmart Budget Planner.
  • Get sound advice  - getting some professional money advice tailored to your situation can help lay the foundation for a more secure financial future.

Need some help now?

Queensland Mental Health Week prize sponsor, HESTA, is proud to partner with Infoxchange, the not-for-profit behind 'Ask Izzy' — a service that helps people access support services in their local area across Australia*. From housing to health, finances and more, find out more about find out more about Ask Izzy.


*For references and terms and conditions please read the full article on HESTA's website here.


SANE Forums

It can be difficult engaging in face to face supports when you’re living with mental health issues. The SANE Forums are an online space where you can connect with others without the pressure some people experience with in-person support.

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Mental Health resources

The 'Find help' page on our website links to helpful websites covering 24/7 help lines, gambling assistance, relationships, eating disorders, parenting and more.


If you'd like to have your organisation's mental health resources added to the page, please get in touch.

Find help
Grounding practices can lift you up

Do you get caught up trying to do and be more? If the pace of life is starting to feel hectic, try adding some grounding moments to your routine with these suggestions from Queensland Health.


🦶 Standing outside in bare feet while you drink your morning tea or coffee and feeling the grass beneath your toes.


🦜 Counting the birds you see on your commute.


🌱 Taking a few minutes to work in a garden and notice how the plants change day-to-day.


🎵 Listening to a favourite song with your eyes closed and really focusing on the different elements of the music.


How will you ground yourself today?

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 would like to thank all our partners and supporters including our sponsors, reference group, working group, and everyone else who helped make the week a success.

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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