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7 - 15 October 2023
July eNews

Welcome to the July edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) eNews!


We're excited to announce that Queensland Mental Health Week merchandise is available. You can now purchase green lapel ribbons, which are the international symbol for mental health awareness. By wearing a ribbon, you can proudly show your support. We also have T-Shirts and homewares featuring the QMHW 2023 theme available for sale through an affiliate store.


This is the last week left to nominate for a QMHW Achievement Award. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working to reduce stigma and empower those living with mental illness. There are 11 award categories and the overall winner receives the Earle Duus overarching award, which includes a $4000 cash prize. You can read more below, or submit a nomination online now. Make sure to get in before the Friday 4th August deadline!


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.

Ribbons available

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness representing hope, strength, and support. Wear a green lapel ribbon to show colleagues, loved ones or simply those you walk past that you care about their mental health. The ribbons are sold on our website in packs of 10, 25, 50, or 100.

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T-Shirts available

T-Shirts and homewares with the Queensland Mental Health Week 2023 dates and theme are available now. T-Shirts come in various styles, with a black and white version available. Tote bags and tea towels are also available. These merchandise offerings are available on our affiliate store with Brisbane-based company, The TShirt Mill. These are produced on demand, so get in early so you're all set for the week.

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Last chance to nominate for Achievement Awards

The Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards are an important part of Queensland Mental Health Week. Open Minds has proudly hosted the Awards since 1996. There are 11 award categories, and all winners receive an engraved trophy and framed certificate. The overall winner receives the Earle Duus overarching award, which includes a $4,000 cash prize to continue their work in the mental health sector.


Nominations can be submitted online here. Create an account to enable you to start your nomination and save your progress as you go. The deadline for nominations is Friday 4th August.


The 2023 Awards will be presented at a ceremony at Victoria Park in Brisbane on Friday 13th October 2023, during Queensland Mental Health Week and close to World Mental Health Day. Tickets to the Awards ceremony will be on sale closer to the date of the event – check the Open Minds website for updates.

Grants update

Thank you to everyone who has applied for a QMHW Community Grant. We received a record-breaking 272 applications this year! The grants assessment process is nearly complete and we will be advising applicants of their outcomes soon.

About the grants
QMHW Grants outcomes announced soon
Tips for event hosts and other resources

Looking for inspiration for a QMHW event? 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 including posters and socials tiles.

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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
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.

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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