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Enewsletter Message from Officer Message fromExecutive the Executive

Officer

Supporting carers, relatives and friends of people with mental ill health.

The launch of Mental Health Carers Tas has been exciting with many commenting on the positive new Hello, it has been a busy and name and branding. exciting couple of months Thank you! Wendy Groot

here at Mental Health Carers

This edition reports the events during Mental Health Tasmania. Week and Carers week. Most of these events would not have been had in weour not received significant in Thank you tosuccessful all who shared recent morning teas and kind support from many individuals and organisations. those who participated in the Schizophrenia Awareness week forums. The forums were well attended and very You are being asked to provide any comments for us positively received. During the week we participated in a to include in our submission on the Tasmanian Carer National campaign raising the significant issues which Recognitions and Support Framework. exist for people living with Schizophrenia and their families, We areand excited begin theThe statewide Wellness and friends work to colleagues. campaign went very well Resilience project withopportunities the first workshop in December. and I had many media from across the whole state in both print, radio and theoftelevision news. at the Through a request from one our members

We are moving! The Launceston office is moving to a new location. We are still looking for a suitable affordable site in the CBD.

Kate and Wendy at Road2Recovery

If you have any suggestions of a possible office location I would welcome your call. Di can still be contacted on the same number 63491121.

Message from the President

Di will be making contact with people attending our support groups over the next few weeks to let you know when and where the support groups will be.

Welcome to the first newsletter published under our Inew would like towhich say a was big thankyou to at ASPIRE for allowing name, approved the Annual General up to be located in Morton for the last months. Meeting on October 6th. IHouse am delighted to 16 have been re-elected as the President for another year and am confident that, with the support of the Board and the energy and effectiveness of our EO and staff, Mental Health Carers Tasmania will go from strength to strength over the coming 12 months. ‘Succeeding Together’

are a pleased member of to congratulate the I amWevery Board We are funded members by the the Mental Illness Department of Health and on their election and welcome three new Board Fellowship of Australia Human Services members:

Katrina Wickham, who has extensive training and project management experience. She has 1 St John’sand Ave,skills in quality considerable experience New Town TASand 7008 assurance, risk management occupational health and safety. She is the North (03) 6349 1121 Project worker – Quality Assurance South (03) 6228 7448 with Aspire, A Pathway to Mental Health. North West (03) 6441 5280 Tuesday–Friday: 9am– 2pm 24 hour answering machine

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AGM we are preparing submission This newsletter will updateayou on a new regarding National Tobacco Advanced Care Directives and issues that impact onout & Mental Illness project we have received funding to roll Carers and Consumers. We intend to submit to all across the state. We have welcomed two new staff to this Tasmanian politicians andbegin the National project, LalitaGovernment and Melani. The project will with a pilot Mental Health Commission. We would like to hear your project in the southern region. experiences and suggestions you have. You can either

We have welcomed work students, send analso email to me ortwo callsocial and we can meet. BJ and Claire. Our Hobart office is crawling with staff and it this edition, Wendy Grootthe . Launceston groups isEnjoy fantastic. Di continues to grow and we are actively seeking more funds to increase our Launceston services to meet the identified needs and requests.

The last enews I spoke about the National Mental Health Commission report card “A Contributing Life”. – Commission Simon Froude, extensive executive, The has who invitedhas interested members of non-executive director and CEO experience. the community to continue to discuss the concept of He has particular in marketing, publicLife relations a Contributing Life byskills holding a Contributing and communications. He is the General Conversation in the month of July and August. Manager Flyer is – Tasmania forproject the Royal Flying Doctors of attached. Karen our worker in the South Service is facilitating Australia. a number of opportunities through a variety of mediums for you join in a conversation. More information attached. – to Trudy Heins, who has particular skills and

experience in finance, and a strong understanding

Mental Health week is fast approaching and on Oct 10th, of the challenges for NFP Boards. Trudy runs World Mental Health Day we are pleased to host our second her own business and is also the station sales Roads 2 Recovery walk in Hobart. During Carers week we manager for Edge radio. Trudy has accepted the will host an event in Launceston.

executive role of Treasurer for the coming year.

We about to engage withBoard a neware: project on the North Theare other members of the West which will give people in many remote locations – Elida Meadows (Viceresources. President), currently Policywill access to our services and More information Officer with the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, follow shortly.

with a strong commitment to addressing the needs

Enjoyofthis enews – give me calland anytime and I hope to see carers from culturally linguistically diverse you at any of the upcoming events and activities. backgrounds;

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UPCOMING EVENTS

What’s important to you in having a meaningful life? “When we talk about a contributing life, we mean a fulfilling life – recognising that those people who live with mental health difficulties want and need the same things as everyone else.” National Mental Health Commissioner Janet Meagher

What are Contributing Life Conversations? From Monday 22 July to Sunday 11 August we hope you will be one of many people meeting in homes, workplaces, café’s, parks and public spaces around Australia to have a ‘Contributing Life Conversation’. These conversations will be about sharing what ‘A Contributing Life’ means to you, and those close to you, and discussing what gives each of our lives meaning and purpose. The conversation will be based on four simple questions, designed to take less than an hour. This initiative is part of the National Mental Health Commission’s National Contributing Life Project, and will help build a rounded picture of people’s lives and experiences. The Commission will use this and other information to help drive meaningful improvement for the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. It will also inform our 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention to be released in November 2013.

Why should I get involved? Hosting a Contributing Life Conversation is your chance to be part of this important national conversation on mental health and wellbeing. Anyone can get involved. You might have personal experience of mental health issues. You might have experience of supporting and caring for a family member or close friend with mental health issues. You might work or volunteer in mental health or a related field. Or, you might simply be someone who is eager to see better mental health in the community. Visit www.contributinglife.com.au/conversations to register or find out more. We hope you can join the conversation. National Mental Health Commission – Contributing Life Conversations www.contributinglife.com.au/conversations Email: contributinglife@bigpond.com


YOU ARE INVITED TO

join

the conversations

hosted by Karen Clark from the Wellness and Resilience project

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From Monday 22 July to Sunday 11th August the options and opportunities to have your say are – You can Skype – Thurs 25 July 6.30–7.30 pm on karen.clark247. You can email – projectofficer@mentalhealthcarerstas.org.au either directly commenting and sharing the outcomes of a discussion you initiated with your family, friends and colleagues. You can write – to Karen at 1 St Johns Ave New Town, Hobart Tasmania 7008. You can come along to a morning tea at 1 St Johns Ave, New Town, on Thurs 1st August at 10.00-11am and Wed 7th Aug 11–12 noon. or you can tweet Karen @KarenClark247 All comments and feedback will be confidential. Karen will collate all your comments and send them through to the National Mental Health Commission. Page 3 of 10


FREE WORKSHOPS

Do you support someone? Over 2.6 million Australians support a family member, friend or colleague. Although challenging the need to take on this role can lead to personal growth and a sense of empowerment and an awareness of an individual’s own untapped resources. MHCTas are running FREE courses across Tasmania in 2013 that aim to increase knowledge, especially of recovery principles, and develop skills, for those providing support. The focus is on maintaining your wellness and building resilience. Currently a series of 3 workshops are planned at the following locations:

Workshop dates Location & Venue

Recovery for Wellness

Managing Stress / Building Resilience

Launceston – Morton House, 190 Charles St

October 11 10.30 – 3.00

October 18 10.30 – 1.00 / 1.30- 4.00

Ulverstone – Montgomery House, off Carpark Lane

October 10 10.30 –3.00

October 17 10.30 – 1.00 /1.30 – 4.00

Hobart – 1 St Johns Ave New Town

October 9 10.30 – 3.00

October 16 10.30 – 1.00 / 1.30 - 4.00

Bookings are required for catering purposes. Workshop facilitator: Karen is a highly skilled trainer and consultant. Karen has been delivering training for over 10 years to public and private sector organisations, as well as to individuals, throughout Australia.

Volunteer facilitators: a possible outcome of the project is for interested workshop participants to become volunteer facilitators and deliver these courses in their locations. A background in training and delivery of courses is not essential as training and support will be provided, a genuine interest and attendance at each workshop is necessary.

For further info or to book a place phone 03 6228 7448 or email projectofficer@mentalhealthcarerstas.org.au. — In partnership with Richmond Fellowship and The Hobart Clinic —

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The National Tobacco and Mental Health Project The National Tobacco and Mental Health Project, is a twelve month Pilot project funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. The Project consists of a ten week Tobacco Free course as well as awareness raising sessions called Talking about Tobacco. The Tobacco FREE course will commence in Hobart and will consist of 10 session programs, which will be offered free with smoking cessation product supplied to the participants. These sessions will be held in a supportive environment, tailored for people living with mental health issues and mental illness, their family, friends, carers, work colleagues, who want to: -- quit tobacco -- reduce tobacco use -- think about addressing tobacco It is a positive and supportive group for smokers living with mental health issues and mental illness, including their family, friends, carers, work colleagues. It is designed to be provided weekly, over a 10 week period, allowing participants with time to consider a range of different topics about smoking in more depth while receiving support and encouragement.

Staff profile: Lalita Holmes Lalita was born in Fiji of Indian parents and migrated to Tasmania when she was 7 years old. She is married with 4 children, has one grandchild and another one expected in November (very very excited!!) The other members of the family are Lily the much loved hound dog, Arwyn and Billy the felines. Lalita’s background is Nursing, Wellness Consultant, Health Promotion and Counselling. She was a volunteering with Lifeline for many years and more recently worked with Quitline for 3 years. She is currently studying Diploma of Community Service Mental Health / Drug & Alcohol. Lalita is passionate about her large organic garden and her family are hosts to backpackers from around the world, who stay for short periods of time to help maintain the garden. She is on the steering committee for Sustainable Living in Kingborough who hold a large community event each year. Lalita is currently training to become a volunteer visitor for the new refugees residing at Pontville.

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‘Talking about Tobacco’ is an awareness-raising session to be provided in places where people living with mental health issues and mental illness, their family, friends, carers, work colleagues gather, for example: --

hospital inpatient units

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rehabilitation centres

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activity or drop-in centres

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health centres

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supported accommodation facilities

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places in their local community and the work place

These sessions provide an opportunity to encourage smokers to think about their tobacco use, to receive information and to consider what they would like to do about it. If you are interested in being involved or would like to know more give Lalita and Melani a call on 03 62287448.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Addictions Recovery A group therapy program designed to support people who have made a decision to work towards an addiction free life About the Program The Program is an 8 week half day program suitable for those with an addictive behavior such as drug or alcohol use that impacts on their ability to live their life the way they wish.

Why do we use Group Therapy? Group therapy provides a place to share experiences, gain support and knowledge, learn skills to grow and develop. Groups can provide motivation, acceptance, let you know you are not alone, help you gain courage to change and develop healthy behaviours.

Topics     

Developing strategies for managing cravings Increasing awareness of triggers Alcohol and other drug use and mental health Assertiveness (including refusal skills) Relapse prevention planning

Facilitator: Dr Anna Dimsey, Clinical Psychologist Times and Location: commences 3 July 2013 Wednesdays from 9.30 am – 12.30 Murray Street Practice, Level 8/39 Murray St, Hobart

Referral and Costs A GP referral is required to participate in the Program. Costs are generally covered by private health insurance

For further information or to refer to the Program, please ring 6247

The Hobart Clinic Association l ABN 47 009 543 828 31 Chipmans Rd, Rokeby l Level 8/39 Murray St, Hobart Telephone (03) 6247 9960 | Facsimile (03) 6247 6439 l www.thehobartclinic.com.au

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Unhooking from unhelpful thoughts A group therapy program designed to help people handle difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively About the Program The Program is an 8 week half day program based on an Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) model. It is suitable for those people experiencing generalised anxiety or difficult thoughts and feelings that impact on their daily life.

Why do we use Group Therapy? Group therapy provides a place to share experiences, gain support and knowledge, learn skills to grow and develop. Groups can provide hope and an opportunity to try out new skills and coping mechanisms in a supportive environment as well as help you be more in control of your feelings and improve your quality of life.

Topics     

Defusion – ‘Unhooking’ from Challenging Thoughts Expansion - Making room for our difficult emotions Mindfulness - Learning to ‘live in the moment’ Self-Awareness - Recognising our core values Taking Action - Making a commitment to live by those values

Facilitator: Dr Nick Falk, Clinical Psychologist Times and Location: commences 3 July 2013 Wednesdays from 2.00pm – 5.00pm Murray Street Practice, Level 8/39 Murray St, Hobart

Referral and Costs A GP referral is required to participate in the Program. Costs are generally covered by private health insurance

For further information or to refer to the Program, please ring 6247

The Hobart Clinic Association l ABN 47 009 543 828 31 Chipmans Rd, Rokeby l Level 8/39 Murray St, Hobart Telephone (03) 6247 9960 | Facsimile (03) 6247 6439 l www.thehobartclinic.com.au

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UPCOMING EVENTS

ARE OUR FEDERAL POLITICIANS DOING ENOUGH FOR MENTAL HEALTH?

In each year approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. With rates like this do you think Federal Government is doing enough in Mental Health? Here is your chance to question your local Federal candidates. DATE:

Monday 29 July

LOCATION:

Salvation Army Hall

TIME:

Queries:

Supported by:

5.00pm to 6.30pm 111 Elizabeth St, Launceston

6223 1952

ABC’s Emily Bryan will host the forum

Speakers include:

Andrew Nikolic (Liberal) Geoff Lyons (ALP)

Lucy Landon-Lane (Greens)

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UPCOMING EVENTS

ARE OUR FEDERAL POLITICIANS DOING ENOUGH FOR MENTAL HEALTH?

In each year approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. With rates like this do you think Federal Government is doing enough in Mental Health? Here is your chance to question your local Federal candidates. DATE:

Tuesday 30 July

ABC’s Emily Bryan will host

LOCATION:

Devonport Entertainment Centre

Brett Whiteley (Liberals)

TIME:

12.30pm to 2.00pm 145 Rooke Street

Queries: 6223 1952

the forum

Speakers include:

Melissa Houghton (Greens) Sid Sidebottom (ALP)

Supported by:

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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