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8 - 16 October 2022
July eNews: Nominate for QMHWAA now and register your event to go in the running for an early bird prize

Open Minds have opened nominations for the annual Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards (QMHWAA), with $4,500 available in prize money. The Awards, now in their 26th year, recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working to reduce stigma and empower those living with mental illnesses.


Any person, organisation or group that runs programs to create awareness or support people with mental illness can nominate themselves for an award. Nominations close on Monday 8 August 2022.


< Click here to read more and nominate >


As well as nominating for the QMHWAA, now is also the perfect time to lock in a date and time to mark Queensland Mental Health Week 2022. This could be as simple as holding a morning tea or afternoon tea, having people enjoy a cuppa and conversation, and sharing information on mental health and help-seeking. It could be in-person or virtual!


If you're making mental health a priori-tea in your workplace, community or school, you may want to consider offering some healthy catering options to boost wellbeing. We have a new resource available for download from the dietitians at Mood Food that may help make healthy choices, easy choices.


< Click here to view all the resources currently available for download >


We hope you enjoy reading this edition the QMHW eNews! Please feel free to forward it to your contacts or encourage them to subscibe here.

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Go in the draw for an early bird rego prize

If you are hosting a QMHW event or activity make sure you register it on our events calendar. By registering you'll be joining the statewide QMHW community and will receive your own event page. 


Plus, if you register your support by Wednesday 31 August, you'll go in the draw to win an early bird registration prize! There are 2 x $100 visa cards for the lucky winners to spend on their QMHW events. T&Cs apply.

Register now
Purchase awareness lapel ribbons

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness, representing hope, strength, and support. You can purchase packs of green lapel ribbons from the QMHW website now.

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Resources to help with planning and promotions

Need some event or activity ideas? Download the QMHW Event Starter Kit. It includes plenty of planning and promotional tips too. There's also a range of other resources available to help you spread the word, including posters and social media tiles.


You can use the editable A4 template to create your own customised event poster. Simply add all the details of your event to this template and save the Word document as a PDF. 

Download now
Join the biggest walk for mental health

Take a Walk for Awareness on Sunday 9 October 2022 and join the BIGGEST walk for mental health! Organised by the Mental Awareness Foundation and supported by Tessa Group, Walk for Awareness involves bringing people together in a friendly and safe environment where issues of mental health can be discussed openly with friends, family, and supportive strangers.

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Submit your entries now

Have you submitted an entry yet for Out From The Mist? Entries close on Friday 19 August.


Out From The Mist is a photography, short movie, and music competition organised by Mental Illness Fellowship Australia that curates individual stories to shed unique insights into the experience of mental illness. It gives those who have experienced mental illness a platform to be heard, and a platform to proudly share their work.

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All of Us Festival

The All Of Us Festival will be held on Sunday 9 October at Fogarty Park in Cairns from 3pm - 8pm. Hosted by the Dr Edward Koch Foundation’s FNQ Suicide Prevention Taskforce, the Festival aims to promote mental health & wellbeing awareness, in an all-inclusive, diverse, multicultural, family friendly event! There will be an outdoor variety concert, children's activities, food vans and a large expo of mental health agencies.

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Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival

The Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival is back again for 2022 and will include an art exhibition. Primary and secondary students are encouraged to submit an artwork with themes around mental health, mental illness and messages of hope and recovery for selection. Chosen artworks will be part of an exhibition to be launched during QMHW at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane.

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Sponsor an event with purpose

Would you like to align your business with an iconic Brisbane art exhibition? Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available for this year’s Recovered Futures Art Exhibition, which is proudly hosted by Richmond Fellowship Queensland (RFQ). Don't miss your opportunity to be part of the award-winning event!

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Artist story: Dana Cusano

Mental illness has been ever-present for Dana’s whole life, but it’s never stopped her from building a fulfilling career - including getting her PhD. But she’s had to fight along the way.

“I have never let my bipolar get in the way. Obviously, it tries – but I always try to be the bigger woman. That’s not to say I haven’t had hiccups and setbacks, but a setback doesn’t mean it’s all over. Any time I’m having a bad day, I always remind myself that it could be worse. That helps me maintain perspective. I also like to remember something my dad always says: you only get one life. Let’s make the most of it.”

The 2021 Recovered Futures Art Exhibition was Marine Biologist and Scientist Dana’s first ever exhibition, and she managed to sell both pieces! Her aquatic artworks - a haunting ship and a stunning whale – spoke to her marine leanings, and were crowd favourites.


“This was the first time I’ve ever sold artwork and it was a great but weird experience. It was a little bittersweet, as you put so much of yourself onto the canvas.” Read more.

Tip: Your brain and body need rest to repair

Give your brain space to process the day’s activity by trying to get eight hours of sleep each night. When you’re not getting enough sleep, you can feel moody and struggle to concentrate. If that sounds like you, try shifting your regular bedtime forward by an hour—or even just half an hour—to give your mind a little more rest each night. 

More tips
Group chat: Exploring your cultural identity

Many young people in Australia have connections to countries and cultures around the world. headspace has a number of mental health resources for multicultural young people, including a regular group chat which discusses issues such as navigating life with migrant parents, support for international students, and how to respond to racism. The next group chat is on “Exploring Your Cultural Identity” and is scheduled for Sunday 31 July.

Register now
Podcast: Conversations with Julie

Hosted by Julie Gillespie (a principal master instructor for mental health first aid), Conversations with Julie is a podcast that provides, "a safe place to come to understand how conversations are what connects us. They enable us to be functional, compassionate humans. But, we put up many barriers that stop us from getting one started." On the podcast Julie is joined by specialists, mental health first aiders, and business leaders.

Watch or listen
Article: Six ways I'm celebrating Pride every day of the year

Pride Month might’ve wrapped up in June but that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community! In SANE's latest blog, Peer Ambassador Jeanette has shared six ways she’ll be embracing her whole self throughout the year.


If you’re struggling with your mental health, please reach out for support. You can contact QLife, an Australia-wide counselling and referral service for LGBTQIA+ by calling 1800 184 527 or webchat 3pm-12am AEST.

Read blog post
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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
WMHS 2022

The Workplace Mental Health Symposium is only one month away! This year's program is full of insightful research findings, thought-provoking presentations, and practical takeaways to implement into your organisation right away. If you are interested in attending, you can use the code CHECKUP at checkout to receive 15% off in-person or virtual registrations to the symposium.

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SANE service new locations from 30th July

SANE are rolling out their new guided service in Adelaide, Darling Downs, Hunter New England, NT, WA, Western Sydney and Western Vic regions. If you operate in one of these areas they'd love to hear from you about how they can connect your consumers to their supports!

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100 Voices Survey

The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health and the Queensland Mental Health Commission have been working with Griffith University and QIMR Berghofer this year to undertake a systematic analysis of the mental health non-government community services sector in Queensland. To further understanding of the current environment, challenges and opportunities for the sector they have launched a survey. Their aim is to include 1000 voices from across Queensland in this landmark project.


❇️ Staff of non-government/not-for-profit organisations providing mental health and wellbeing services are invited to participate in this survey -


❇️ People accessing services, including carers, are asked to participate in this survey -


For more information, including contact details for enquiries, please visit the survey links.

Cross-sector collaboration

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


Each edition of this eNews will feature information on our different cross-sector partners.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section)

The Flying Doctor’s emergency retrieval service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, delivering the finest care to more than 290,000 Australians each year. The RFDS delivers a broad range of essential health care services to rural and remote communities, including general practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, child and family health, mental health and wellbeing, women’s health and health promotion.

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Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Ltd

The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) is the peak body for the community mental health and wellbeing sector in Queensland. Its role is to reform, promote and drive community mental health and wellbeing service delivery for all Queenslanders, through its influence and collaboration with members and strategic partners.

QAMH represents more than 100 Queensland organisations and individual members involved in the quality delivery of community mental health and wellbeing services across the state.

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Universal Media Co

Universal Media Co is one of Australia’s largest and most innovative media companies. They are renowned for producing high-quality and engaging content on topics audiences deeply care about. Every day, the creative teams at Universal Media Co create high-performing print, digital, social and video content.

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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.



Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands from across Queensland. We pay our respect to the Elders, past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the state.

Contact CheckUP

Phone: 07 3105 8300
PO Box 3205, South Brisbane Queensland 4101

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