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Message Executive Officer Listening tofrom you: your issues, concerns and ideas.

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

Message from the Executive Officer

This edition reports the events during Mental Health

The keyand purpose of week. these conversations to provide advice Week Carers Most of theseis events would not and guidance to the Board in the implementation of the have been successful had we not received significant in directions and from activities of MHCTas andand to influence our kind support many individuals organisations. future decisions.

You are being asked to provide any comments for us to include in ourthe submission Tasmanian Carer They also create opportunityon forthe people to engage Recognitions and Support Framework. with government, non-government, community sector

organisations and community initiatives to “raise” We are excited tolocal begin the statewide Wellness andthe voice of carers. Resilience project with the first workshop in December.

Through a request from of our members at the This eNews invites you to one be involved in two new AGM we are preparing a submission regarding initiatives: Hello and welcome to this edition.


This year we have successfully held a number of regional focus and advisory group conversations. Thank to those The launch of Mental Health Carers Tas has you been who have participated in those discussions. The contacts exciting with many commenting on the positive new are growing and the input is invaluable to our capacity to name and branding. reflect the grass roots, lived experience and perspective of Thank you! Tasmanian carers.

This month our newsletter focuses on two very Kate and Wendy at Road2Recovery important aspects of our Wendy Groot work:

Raising awareness mental health and well-being Message fromofthe President during Mental Health Week and Carers Week: both are in October and there will be many events and activities that will be of interest to you.

Welcome to the first newsletter published under our The invitations and information regarding rangeGeneral of new name, which was approved at thethe Annual events areon over the page. to seeing at Meeting October 6th.I Ilook am forward delighted to haveyou been these. 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.

Advanced Care Directives and issues that impact on Carers Consumers. We Health intendServices to submit to allare 1. The and senior staff of Mental (south) Tasmanian Government politicians and the National keen to meet with carers to hear from you and to let Mental Healthwhat Commission. We wouldinlike hear your you know has been happening thetoDepartment, experiences and suggestions you have. You can either including the implementation of the new Mental Health send an email to me or call and we can meet. Act which begins on 1st January 2014. Enjoy this regional edition, conversations Wendy Groot.will be held where you 2. Three can have input into a new Mental Health Carers Tas Community Suicide Action Plan which will focus on suicide prevention and early intervention. More information regarding these is within this enews.

– Simon Froude, who has our extensive executive, Some specific examples about communication and non-executive director engagement priorities are: and CEO experience. He ---

‘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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has particular skills in marketing, public relations

Creating opportunities toHe participate have input into and communications. is the General Manager peer support programs and workforce development – Tasmania for the Royal Flying Doctors Service of

Australia.opportunities for “conversations” between Providing mental health consumers, carers and advocates, Trudy Heins, who has particular skills and service providers and State and Federal Government experience in finance, and a strong understanding policy of themakers challenges for NFP Boards. Trudy runs herregular own business and is also the station sales We seek representatives to have input into manager for Edge Trudy has accepted the review of policy and radio. services, planning, development executive role of of services. Treasurer for the coming year. and evaluation

The other members of the Board are:

If you would like to know more about these opportunities Meadows President), Policyan I–am Elida available to meet (Vice with you, give mecurrently a call or send Officer theHealth Mental Health of Tasmania, email. Enjoy with Mental Week andCouncil Carers Week and I a strong to addressing the needs look with forward to anycommitment reflections or feedback from you.

of carers from culturally and linguistically diverse

backgrounds; — Wendy

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How to prevent depression and clinical anxiety in your teenager beyondblue have supported the development of a NEW e-booklet How to prevent depression and clinical anxiety in your teenager: Strategies for parents prepared by The University of Melbourne and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre. The e-booklet offers parents practical advice to help protect their adolescent children from depression and anxiety. Some of the key strategies in the guidelines encourage parents to: --

develop and maintain a close relationship with their children


stay involved in their children’s lives while encouraging them to develp increasing independence


support their children through any challenges they face


minimise conflict in the home

The guidelines can be accessed at www. Also to help families, the beyondblue website now has a dedicated Parents and Guardians page for information and accessing resources to help young people who are showing signs of depression or anxiety. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Jury, Youth Mental Health Project Manager:

Have your say Help set priorities to build mental health and resilience in our community. Mental Health Carers Tasmania knows that suicide prevention is all about getting in early, before there is a crisis. Developing a plan that identifies the issues, the priority areas and some actions to get started with is an important step in improving mental health and resilience in our community. You are invited to come along and be heard at a workshop in Ulverstone, Launceston and Hobart to contribute to the development of the Mental Health Carers Tasmania Community Action Plan for Suicide Prevention. Your ideas, experience, knowledge and opinions will inform the important process of developing the community action plan, and will help set our priority areas for building mental health and resilience in our community. Victoria Vyvyan, the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network Facilitator, will be facilitating the workshops along with Wendy Groot, the Executive Officer Mental Health Carers Tasmania.

The workshops are open to anyone in the community and we would appreciate your input. Please come along to: Hobart Tuesday 5 November 2013 11am to 12.30 pm or 7pm to 8pm at 1 St Johns Park New Town Ulverstone Thursday 31 October 2013 from 3pm to 4.30pm or 7pm to 8pm at the Foyer Space Ulverstone Wharf Precinct Launceston Thursday 7 November 2013 from 11am to 12.30pm at the LINC 51 York Street

If you require further information please contact: Wendy Groot at Mental Health Carers Tas on 6228 7448 or Victoria Vyvyan at Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277 or

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Meeting room Mental Health Carers Tasmania has a large well equipped meeting room available for any community groups, sector meetings, workshops, forums. Kitchen facilities

are available along with easy access and ample car parking. Please call 6228 7448 for details or email admin@

Please do our survey We are conducting a survey, and your response would be appreciated. Copy and paste this link to the survey: dAq5qMd1Q_3d_3d Thanks for your participation!

Royal Hobart Hospital update A lot is happening at the RHH so I thought I might take this opportunity to provide you with an update. The mental health services which are operated within the RHH are collectively known as the Department of Psychiatry (DoP) and include the Department of Psychological Medicine (DPM) and the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Clozapine Clinic. I apologise for the acronyms! On 1 July 2013, as you may be aware, DPM went smoke free which basically means inpatients can no longer smoke indoors and the former internal smoking courtyard is no longer available. A lot of pre-planning went into this important change and as a result it has gone relatively well, with Nicotine Replacement Therapy now freely available to all inpatients on request. We are also keen to assist individuals who don’t just want to go smoke free whilst in hospital but to give up altogether and we see the Tobacco Free program which is being facilitated via Mental Health Carers Tasmania as an important resource here. You may also be aware that the RHH Redevelopment project which will involve major building works on the RHH site has significant implications for DoP. In the next phase of these works, DPM will lose part of its existing floor space to allow a new building to be constructed.

Changes have already occurred at the unit level to support this and the feedback from the greater majority of stakeholders is that the unit is now more functional and it is easier to find your way around. At some point in the next month or so there will be additional changes, including the construction of a new front entrance.Things will remain pretty much the same from this point until late 2015 or early 2016 when both PICU and DPM will relocate from their existing locations into this new building. I will provide further updates well prior to these moves. In the interim please be aware that all mental health related aspects of the RHH Redevelopment are being planned via a Mental Health Services User Group which includes Consumer and Carer representatives. The Carer representative is Jill Gray and I am sure that she would welcome further requests for information. She can be contacted on Mobile 0458 126 123 or email to I also welcome enquiries from carers or families at any time and ask that these be facilitated via Wendy at Mental Health Carers Tasmania. I hope you have found this update useful.

Chris Fox Area Manager, Mental Health Services South

Cast your vote to help Eftpos Giveback 2013 is on now! Support mental health, depression and suicide prevention charities this Christmas to share in $2,000,000. Vote now and make a difference!

Voting is easy! 1. Visit 2. Nominate Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia as your charity 3. Select ‘Mental health, depression and suicide prevention’ from the options at the top 4. Follow the four steps on the left-hand side.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENT “A CONVERSATION WITH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES" If you are a carer or a family member of an individual with mental ill-health and you would like the opportunity to meet with Mental Health Services, you are warmly invited to attend the following forum. WHAT:

“A Conversation with Mental Health Services”


Wednesday 16 October 2013


Meeting Room Mental Health Carers Tasmania, 1 St Johns Avenue, New Town


5.30 – 7.30 PM


by Thursday 10th October 2013 (see below)

Dr Jim Blacket, Clinical Director and Chris Fox, Area Manager for Mental Health Services from Mental Health Services South welcome the opportunity to meet with you, provide a brief service update and talk generally about issues of concern.


RSVP to: Mental Health Carers Tasmania 62287448 or Queries to: Mental Health Services 6230 7819 or



ROADS2RECOVERY Recovery is possible

Mental Health Carers Tasmania (ARAFMI) in partnership with Hobart City Council invites you to join with them to celebrate health & wellbeing and recovery, walking from the Regatta Ground to Parliament House Lawns for free activities, entertainment, food and information.

Community Walk Thursday 10 October 2013 Meet: The Regatta Ground for an 11am walk to Parliament House Lawns Speeches commence 11.30am at Parliament House Lawns Activities continue 11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Car parking will be available at the Regatta Ground (10.30am - 2.30pm)

This year’s theme will be gold and all are invited to wear that colour on the day. Ribbons of Hope wrist bands and balloons will be available for walkers

To register your interest please contact Mental Health Carers Tasmania 6228 7448

Proudly supported by



a special fashion event Saturday 12 Oct 11am to 2pm Boutique Magnet Court, Sandy Bay Come and view the latest fashion collection and enjoy some retail therapy! 20% OF SALES will continue the support of carers, relatives and friends of people with mental ill health.


Connections of Care: Strengthening Family and Community Mental Health A community festival CelebrationCome and view the latest fashion collection and enjoy some retail therapy!

20% OF SALES will continue the support of carers, relatives and friends of people with mental ill health. Come and join us as we celebrate together with those who care for friends, family members, neighbours at two events;

Monday 14th October 10am–2pm

At Beaconsfield Neighbourhood House Moring tea and pamper session (Beaconsfield psychologist will be demonstrating breathing/ relaxation techniques + hand/foot massages are taking place)

Tuesday 15th October 10am – 2pm

At Ravenswood Neighbourhood House Carers event + Launch of monthly Carers group Morning tea and guest speaker from Advocacy Tasmania Plus various activities including drumming and arts and crafts display

For more information contact Diane Hayes 0439 189 886


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 – The LINC, 51 York Street

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 — In partnership with Richmond Fellowship and The Hobart Clinic —

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Mental health carers tasmania september 2013 enewsletter  

Mental Health Carers Tasmania September 2013 Enewsletter

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