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7 - 15 October 2023
September eNews

Welcome to the September edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) eNews. With just over a week until QMHW begins, now is the time to make sure you're all set for the week. In this newsletter we'll cover some of the major events happening around the state and give you all the latest QMHW news.

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.

Community grants update: $130,000 awarded

Communities from Stanthorpe to Quilpie and all the way up to Badu Island will benefit from grant funding for Queensland Mental Health Week 2023.


A record-breaking 157 events across Queensland will be supported by the Queensland Mental Health Week Community Events Grant Program, with grants ranging from $500 to $3,000. 


Funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Mental Health Commission and administered by CheckUP, the grant program supports Queensland Mental Health Week events that raise awareness of mental health, increase understanding of mental illness, and reduce stigma.
School resources released

To help ensure teachers have the right materials to suit the needs of children in their classroom we have partnered with Twinkl to create a suite of free resources.


The hope is that these resources will open up discussions about mental health and help children learn how to express their feelings and act on those emotions in a positive way, seeking support when needed. View the resources here.


Congratulations to our Early Bird winners

Thank you to all the early birds who registered their Queensland Mental Health Week events and entered our QMHW Giveaway! We can't thank you enough for your support in helping to raise awareness. The first 100 registered events went in the draw to win one of four fantastic prize packs thanks to our prize sponsor, Alex Surf Club! The prize packs consisted of:

  • A T2 gift pack with five classic teas in handy teabags
  • A frank green small essentials gift set with a reusable ceramic cup and bottle
  • A $100 Visa gift card

The events were judged on creativity and the incorporation of the QMHW 2023 theme of Awareness, Belonging, Connection.


Congratulations to the following four winners who nailed the brief, creatively incorporating the ABCs of mental health into their events.

A Fun Introduction to Arts Therapy for Mental Health Professionals

Self-care is something Mental Health Professionals need and during Mental Health Week, Arts Therapists (music, dance and movement, creative arts therapists) will provide you with some relaxing, rejuvenating and resourcing activities to support you.

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Mulgrave Landcare & Catchment Group is once again hosting a free community event for Queensland Mental Health Week on Sunday 22nd October. 

The Gordonvale Landcare Station will be a hive of activity, with spaces allocated for yoga, painting, music, informative talks, demonstrations, food and drink stalls, workshops and displays and more.  The activities planned embrace this year’s theme ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’.

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Equine Assisted Therapy Chinchilla | Free

A team of volunteer Qualified Counsellors will be heading to Chinchilla as a part of Queensland Mental Health Week to facilitate FREE Equine Assisted Therapy Sessions.


Sessions will be facilitated at the Chinchilla Showgrounds where the therapists and horses will be ready and waiting to meet you.

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A.B.C - Walk, Chat and Snack.

A.B.C – Awareness, Belonging, Connection - Walk, chat and snack.


Come along to Bravo Disability Support Network Inc community event at Gympie Community Gardens to walk, chat and snack. Light refreshments will be provided. Walking track is disability friendly, accommodating wheelchairs, walkers, etc.


Be brave and go there.

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Special thanks to our prize sponsor Alex Surf Club!

This giveaway has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Alex Surf Club. Situated right on the beach at Alexandra Headland on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Alex Surf Club offers world class food, drinks and entertainment with a view that can’t be matched. The team at Alex Surf Club are passionate about individual and community mental health and are delighted to be supporting Queensland Mental Health Week in 2023 as a prize sponsor.

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Don't wait! Register your QMHW event today.

Show your support of Queensland Mental Health Week by registering your event! Not only will you become an official part of the week you will also unlock free resources. Register today!

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is an opportunity for the Toowoomba community to come together for a night of impact and connection.


Join Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Sharné Consulting for a night of engaging conversations, inspirational stories, live entertainment, and beautiful food and drinks at the picturesque Middle Ridge Golf Course.


Sharné Consulting will also be hosting an additional workshop event Thriving Teams; Mental Health Resilience in the Work Place on both the 11 October and 13 October, centered on all things mental health in the workplace.

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Boost Your Budget – Strengthening Your Financial Wellness

Join Financial Wellness Matters, financial wellness coaches in a free, 30 minute online where they will explore the connection between mental health and financial wellness, and share some budget boosting tips on ways you can save some money and ease some of the pressures of the current financial climate and increased cost of living to help you strengthen your financial wellness.

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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.

Supporting children through big milestones

When children reach a big milestone, like daycare, pre-school or school, it can be exciting. For many parents and carers, it can also mean challenges. Positive parenting strategies can help make the process smoother.

As children become more independent, parents and carers often feel a range of emotions, from worry to joy. Learning to pay attention to those reactions – and focusing on staying calm and optimistic – can help children have a better experience.

Parents and carers have lots of opportunities to help children learn how to adjust to new experiences positively.


To discover more, read Triple P’s article, supporting children through big milestones: five tips.

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.

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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.

Mood Food Nutrition

Mood Food Nutrition is a Queensland based company who offer an evidence based dietary program designed to improve mental health. Mood Food is designed by Accredited Practising Dietitians. They have kindly supported QMHW by producing a healthy catering resource for event organisers. Download the resource here.

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Office of Industrial Relations

The Office of Industrial Relations offers a range of policy, advisory, compliance and specialist technical services and initiatives. In partnership with stakeholders, they strive to achieve the lowest rate of work-related and electrical fatality, injury and disease in the nation, improved workers’ compensation regulatory services and a fair industrial relations framework in Queensland.

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Twinkl was founded in 2010, with a simple goal of ‘helping those who teach’. This became its mission and is central to everything done at Twinkl today. Twinkl provides high-quality, trusted educational materials, which are all teacher-created and checked and are aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

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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.

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PO Box 3205, South Brisbane Queensland 4101

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