Mental Health Week 2018

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Mental Health Week is celebrated annually throughout Australia and this year will take place from October 7.

For the first time, this year’s event will form part of Victoria’s inaugural Mental Health Month with the aim of bringing the community together for the cause of 'better mental health for all.'

In the Barwon Region the Mental Health Week program is coordinated through a committee of consumers, carers, healthcare workers and community members.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Week in Victoria is Youth Mental Health and the committee are interested in supporting specific mental health promotion activities that include, though not be limited to, this area.

The committee are working on a diverse calendar of events, which will be updated soon. Events will include:

- Barwon Health official launch at the 'Humans in Geelong' Expo, Deakin Waterfront, October 7, incorporating an array of guest speakers, workshops and live music. 
- Mental Health Education Seminar at Art of the MINDS, Surf Coast Shire North Pavilion October 10 including stories from individuals with lived experience, workshops, and entertainment from men’s shed choir. 
- Colac-Otway Shire official launch at COPACC on October 10 with Q+A session

Applications are now open for the 2018 grants program and Wellbeing Awards.


Barwon Health is offering minor grants, and funding will be used to assist individuals, organisations and community groups in our region to run activities during Mental Health. Applications that include a plan to continue promoting mental health and wellbeing beyond mental health week and applications with a focus on youth will be considered.

Applications might include financial support for education events, events that promote social connectedness, hearing from people with lived experience of mental illness and launching a mental health initiative in your organisation, school or workplace. Healthy eating and active living contribute to mental wellness and we encourage you to consider activities that promote health, reduce stigma and support people with lived experience of mental illness to share their story.

For more information and to apply for a grant, please contact Josie Tomolo, ph. 4215 3273 or email

Applications close on August 13 2018.

Wellbeing Awards

Nominations are now open for this year’s Wellbeing Awards, which will be presented at the Humans in Geelong Expo on Sunday 7 October at 10am, Deakin Waterfront Geelong. 

There are two categories: Inspirational young person with lived experience and valued young personal support person.

Eligibility criteria:
- The person nominated must be aged between 16 - 25 years.
- People nominated for the award must be aware they have been nominated and be happy to attend the presentation of the awards at the expo in October.
- If unable to attend the award winner must have someone to accept the award on their behalf
- A multi-agency group will decide on the award winners and recipients will be notified directly.

Nomination forms:
Lived experience
Valued support person

Applications close on 13 August.

For more information please contact:
Josie Tomolo
Ph. 03 4215 3273 

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.