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7 - 15 October 2023
August eNews

Welcome to the August edition of the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) eNews. With just over five weeks until QMHW, it's time to start getting ready! To help kickstart the organising we are running an early bird giveaway for QMHW event registrants. If you're one of the first 100 unique event registrants you'll be sent some physical QMHW resources AND go in the running to win some great prizes. There is more information about the giveaway below along with more news and resources from Queensland Mental Health Week.

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.

Early bird event registration giveaway

Get involved in Queensland Mental Health Week and be in the running to win one of four fantastic prize packs thanks to our prize sponsor, Alex Surf Club! To encourage people to get their event planning underway early, we are offering the first 100 unique people/ organisations who register a QMHW event the chance to win a prize pack consisting 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 prize packs will be sent to the organisers of the four events that are judged to be the most creative and the best at incorporating the QMHW 2023 theme of Awareness, Belonging, Connection.


In addition to being in the running for one of the prizes, the first 100 unique people/organisations to register events will all receive:

  •     2 x QMHW Posters
  •     20 x QMHW Brochures
  •     1 x Set of 45 QMHW Affirmation Cards

Please make sure to provide your shipping details when registering your event so we can send you these resources.


Grants update

Applicants for QMHW Community Event Grants have been notified of their grant outcomes. A full list of successful grant applications will be made publicly available in the coming weeks. Successful applicants can log in to our SmartyGrants portal to sign their agreement form. If you are unsure of your outcome or have any questions about grants, please email us at

SmartyGrants portal
Walk for Awareness: Early bird ends today

Today is the final day for Early Bird Registrations for the 2023 Walk For Awareness! Register for just $35 now.


Don't worry if you miss the early bird deadline, registrations will stay open until the day on the 8th of October!

Register now
Out From The Mist: Last chance to submit

Out from the Mist is a photography, short movie and music competition. The competition is about mental illness but is also about so much more. The competition is open to photographers, audio producers and short film makers exploring your own, or someone close to you, experience of a mental illness. Entries close at midnight on September 1. Read more on their website or submit an entry below.

Submit entry

SPARTANS RUGBY is a combined team of players who are currently serving or a veteran of either the Australian Defence Force or a member of an Australian State Police Force. The SPARTANS promote awareness of the stigmas often attached to the symptoms of mental health conditions.


OFFLOAD23 will see the team attempt to raise at least $100,000 for military and police charities that support mental health conditions amongst its members.


The team will aim to set a new World Record for the “Longest Touch Rugby Match” over the weekend of 14-15 October, playing non-stop for over 34 hours!


You can support this event by donating to the godfundme to help the team hit their goal. Follow the Royal Australian Signals RUFC on Facebook for updates.

All Of Us Festival

Held on Sunday 8 October at Fogarty Park, Cairns, the All Of Us Festival aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and bring the community together. Planned activities include an outdoor variety concert, children’s activities, food vans, market stalls, a large expo of mental health agencies, and more. With an anticipated 30 mental health agencies attending, it is expected to be the largest festival of its kind in Far North Queensland.

Learn more
ArtBeat Music and Arts Festival

Running from October 10-27, ArtBeat is a music and arts festival designed to celebrate the creative strengths and talents of mental health consumers in the Gold Coast Community.


Now in its 10th year, the annual exhibition and festival have been a colourful springboard that’s launched mental health awareness and the artistic talents of consumers onto centre stage.

Learn more
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.

Visit Forums
Workplace Wellbeing

Join WayAhead Workplaces to explore the important roles that peers, managers, the employer, and external organisations each play in supporting our wellbeing in the workplace!


Every week during October, you can tune in as experts dive into some of the most pivotal influences on mental health throughout our working lives, the roles of each group in creating happy and healthy workplaces, and gain confidence in navigating your own wellbeing at work.

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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.

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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