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', with a particular focus on young people.

In the Barwon region, the Mental Health Month program is coordinated through a working group of consumers, carers, healthcare workers and community members. Barwon Health is supporting specific mental health promotion activities that focus primarily on youth and key partners such as City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, headspace, GMHBA, Colac Otway Shire, genu, Art of the Mind, this is my reality, Colac Area Health, The Geelong Clinic, Lions International and Kardinia Rotary, as well as others which have supported the development of activities over the month. 

Barwon Health will officially launch Mental Health Week at the 'Humans in Geelong' Expo, Deakin Waterfront, on October 7. The event will incorporate an array of guest speakers, workshops and live music, while the Barwon Mental Health Awards will be announced at 1.45pm on the central courtyard stagen. The event is a great day for families and friends in the beautiful waterfront campus setting.

Highlights across the region include the screening of the film Embrace by Geelong Women’s Wellness at the Pivotonian Cinema on 8 October and an Education Seminar ‘Connected Communities’ at the Surf Coast Shire. The yearly IMPACT SRC Mental Health Week Trivia night returns to create a fun evening whilst raising funds for research into Bipolar Disorder on Friday 12 October and the month is topped off with a Youth Obstacle Challenge at Eastern Beach on Saturday 27 October.

Calendar of events

The calendar of events over the month can be downloaded here. Please also consult your regional shire council, neighbourhood houses and community settings which create events to keep us connected over the month.

For information and enquiries, please contact Leo Coolhaas ph. 4215 3273 or email MentalHealthWeek@barwonhealth.org.au.

Mental Health Awards

Sponsored by Barwon Health, Kardinia Rotary and Headspace, this year's Mental Health Awards were won by:

Brandon Dellow won the award for Inspirational Person with Lived Experience and Breahanna Norman won the award for Valued Support Person. The awards were presented by Sally Buchanan-Hagen who spoke of her own lived experience, her work as a Consumer Academic and the importance, not only to recognise that early support is important, but also to instil hope for young people who may experience mental health challenges. Sally commended all five finalists who are all inspirational young people in our community.

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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.