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8 - 16 October 2022
November eNews: QMHW reflections and recordings

Thank you again to everyone who got involved in Queensland Mental Health Week 2022! It has been incredible to hear about the awareness raised and connections formed in the subsequent weeks. 


We're pleased to share several links to videos and recordings from QMHW, as well as additional links to wellbeing resources, in this edition of eNews. If you have any reflections that you would like to share and suggestions for next year the feedback survey is still open.


Also, please feel free to forward this newsletter to your contacts or encourage them to subscibe here. It's the best way to stay up-to-date with plans for 2023.

Congratulations to the QMHWAA winners

A massive congratulations to all the 2022 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards winners! The 11 winners were announced on Friday 14 October at an awards ceremony hosted by Open Minds. 

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Event recordings

Missed out on a livestream event hosted by the Office of Industrial Relations that you wanted to watch? Event recordings from QMHW are now available! Some of the event topics include 'Regulating Mentally Healthy Workplaces', 'Suicide prevention for at-risk industries', and 'Imagining a Workplace Without Burnout: New findings and a roadmap to prevention'.

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Hayley Lewis announced as Mental Health Ambassador

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland named former swimming champion Hayley Lewis as their Queensland Mental Health Ambassador on World Mental Health Day (10 October). Hayley is passionate about psychological health, and with the help of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, is encouraging workers and employers to make sure they’re in the right headspace.

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Out From The Mist

The 2022 Out From The Mist Awards Night was held on World Mental Health Day at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace. There was an amazing performance by Nadeah and the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia welcomed over 50 guests in person. Take a look now at all the amazing entries submitted!

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Shatter the stigma

Mental health stigma is widely known to negatively impact the wellbeing of people with a mental health diagnosis. Not only that, it also reduces the likelihood of people seeking help when required.


Noticing the pervasive nature of stigma, Mackay Hospital and Health Service started the ‘Shatter the Stigma’ campaign to encourage their staff to be the change locally. The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service heard about the campaign and helped it grow into a movement across all their facilities, and now it is going statewide!


Stream the #ShatterTheStigma episode ‘Clinical Excellence Stories’ wherever you listen to podcasts or visit the Clinical Excellence Queensland Showcase website to watch the full episode. Clinical Excellence Queensland also shared a number of stories on its Facebook page during QMHW to #ShatterTheStigma.

Wellbeing tips

During QMHW, MATES in Construction shared daily wellbeing tips and ideas. In this video James, a MATES in Construction case worker, provides a quick summary of the tips shared. 

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2022 Recovered Futures Art Exhibition a resounding success

This year’s Recovered Futures Art Exhibition, hosted by Richmond Fellowship Queensland, attracted more than 7,500 people in-person with 6,500 people also viewing the online gallery and store. In addition, artwork sales tipped $37,000, which was a 15 per cent increase on last year!


Also, exhibiting artist Cate Bond chatted to Spencer Howson on 4BC, describing her journey and the transformative, healing effect of art. Listen here.

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Grants information

A reminder to grantees who received funding from the 2022 QMHW Community Events Grant Program that acquittals are due via SmartyGrants on Friday 11 November.


If you are interested in applying for a grant in 2023 please note that applications are expected to be open in April/May. Confirmed dates will be advised via this eNews next year.

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Survey closes soon

We'd love to hear what you thought of QMHW! It's important we receive community feedback so we can feed it into our planning for 2023.


To have your say and go in the draw to win a $100 Visa gift card, simply complete our 16 question (approximately 10 minute) survey by 5pm on Monday 7 November. T&Cs apply.

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Mentally Healthy Workplaces Toolkit

Building a mentally healthy workplace based on belonging and connection improves business outcomes. Download the FREE Mentally Healthy Workplaces toolkit from the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website. It’s designed to empower employers, managers and leaders to create and maintain a mentally healthy workplace by targeting workplace systems, policies, processes, culture and leadership.

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Tips to improve your mental health by the Flying Doctor

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) provides expert mental health and wellbeing services to people in rural and remote communities across Queensland. They have a range of free tipsheets and podcasts available on their website.

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Free resources for sporting clubs

As the summer sporting season kicks off around Australia, it’s a great time for coaches, administrators, participants and volunteers to think about how to build a supportive culture in their sporting community.

The ‘Hey Sport, R U OK?’ resources include practical tools and tips to help you build an R U OK? Culture and encourage everyone in your club or team to stay connected

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Dear Mind

Dear Mind is a mental wellbeing initiative of the Queensland Government providing a collection of easy, everyday mental wellbeing activities, to promote resilience in difficult situations, improve mood and get the most out of life. The website includes ideas and activities under six building blocks of mental wellbeing.

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SANE Forums

The SANE Forums is a moderated, online discussion space for Australians 18 years and over who are living with complex mental health issues, and families, friends and carers of people living with complex mental health issues. 

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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 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.

Find help
Better Care Together

Queensland Health have released Better Care Together: A plan for Queensland’s state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drug services to 2027. This plan underpins the Queensland Government’s response to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Opportunities to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Queenslanders. It focuses on the below six key priorities.

  • Strengthening service capacity and the built environment
  • Responding to mental health crisis and suicidality
  • Delivering improved services with First Nations people
  • Strengthening quality to reduce harm and improve outcomes
  • Improving workforce capability and sustainability
  • Delivering digital capability and digitally enabled treatment, care and support

To read Better Care Together click here.

A new AOD plan for Queensland

Achieving balance: The Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Plan 2022–2027 demonstrates the Queensland Government's renewed and strengthened commitment to prevent, reduce and respond to problematic alcohol and other drug use in our state. 


This whole-of-government plan presents a pragmatic, hopeful, evidence-based and person-centred approach with greater emphasis on health and therapeutic responses. It seeks to create balanced effort and investment across the three pillars essential to minimising harm: harm, demand and supply reduction. Read the plan now.

Thank you again to our cross-sector supporters

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


Thank you again to the following organisations for your support in 2022: Arafmi, Council of the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, Department of Education, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), MATES in Construction, Mental Awareness Foundation, Mentally Healthy City Townsville, Metro North Mental Health - The Prince Charles Hospital, Mental Illness Fellowship Australia, Mood Food Nutrition, Multicap, Office of Industrial Relations, Open Minds, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH), Queensland Health, Richmond Fellowship Queensland (RFQ), Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section), Thirteen Digital, Twinkl and Universal Media Co.

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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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