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Enewsletter Message from Officer Message fromExecutive the Executive = Officer

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

Launceston Carer Support Groups All groups are facilitated by Diane Hayes of Mental Health Carers Tasmania Tamar Valley Carers (Beaconsfield) meet at Beaconsfield House, 33 Grubb Street, Beaconsfield: Tuesday at 7thRoad2Recovery of May at 1pm. Kate and Wendy Carers Support Group (Exeter) meet at Tresca Community Centre, Main Road Exeter. Commencing Monday 6th May. This is a new group. For further Message from the President details contact Di on 63491121.

The launch of Mental Health Carers Tas has been exciting with many commenting on the positive new Welcome. The National name and branding. Mental Health Commission Thank you! released “A Contributing This edition reports the events Mental Health Life:during the 2012 National Week and Carers week. Most of these events would not report card on Mental Wendy Groot have been successful had we not received significant in Health and Suicide kind support from many individuals and organisations. prevention”. Each year they intend to report on how Australians faring infor their You are being asked to provide any are comments us Mental Health and on the things that aid recovery and to include in our submission on the Tasmanian Carer help make peoples’ lives better. I commend this report Recognitions and Support Framework. to you. We are excited to begin the statewide Wellness and The report can be found at first http://www. Resilience project with the workshop in December. mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/media/39273/NMHC_ Through a request from one of our members at the ReportCard_Lo-res.pdf. AGM we are preparing a submission regarding Advanced Care Directives and issues The indicators within the report are: that impact on Carers and Consumers. We intend to submit to all -Tasmanian - Thriving Government not just surviving, politicians and the National Mental Health Commission. We would like toand hear your culture -- Connections with family, friends, experiences and suggestions you have. You can either community, send an email to me or call and we can meet. -- Ensuring effective support, care and treatment, this edition, Wendy Groot . something to look -Enjoy - Something meaningful to do, forward to, -- Feeling safe, stable and secure, -- Preventing suicide, and a focus on recovery, resilience hope and optimism.

My Time – Carers Group (Launceston) meet at 53 St JohntoStreet (entrance via Cameron At Carers believeexecutive, that it would Welcome the first newsletter publishedStreet under– our – Mental SimonHealth Froude, who Tas haswe extensive opposite the old post office) Launceston : Tuesday benefit to measure our organisations health, new name, which was approved at the Annual General be ofnon-executive director and CEO experience. He 21st May,on 12.30 – 2.30pm. wellbeing and future directions against theserelations indicators. Meeting October 6th. I am delighted to have been has particular skills in marketing, public re-elected as the President for another year and am and communications. He is the General Manager You are invited tofor bethe part of that journey withService us. Weofare confident that, with the support of the Board and the – Tasmania Royal Flying Doctors holding two morning teas in the coming weeks where energy and effectiveness of our EO and staff, Mental Australia. you can meet with the staff and board. The information Health Carers Tasmania will go from strength to – Trudy these Heins,iswho hasenews. particular skills and regarding in this strength over the coming 12 months. experience in finance, and a strong understanding ‘Succeeding Together’ During Schizophrenia Week (SAW) we are are a pleased member of to congratulate the I amWevery Board of the challenges Awareness for NFP Boards. Trudy runs We are funded members by the the Mental Illness Department of Health and excited to have Robin Cunningham International Mental on their election and welcome three new Board her own business and is also the station sales Fellowship of Australia Human Services Health Advocate theradio. speaker at two publicthe members: manager for as Edge Trudy has free accepted events, one in role Launceston and one in Hobart. executive of Treasurer for the coming There year. is – Katrina Wickham, who has extensive training more information in this edition. and project management experience. She has The other members of the Board are: 1 St John’sand Ave,skills in quality considerable experience Enjoy this eMeadows news and(Vice I hope to see you at some of the – Elida President), currently Policy New Town TASand 7008 assurance, risk management occupational events during the coming months Officer with the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, health and (03) safety. She1121 is the Project North 6349 with a strong commitment to addressing the needs worker – Quality Assurance South (03) 6228 7448 with Aspire, A of carers from culturally and linguistically diverse Pathway to Mental Health. North West (03) 6441 5280 backgrounds; Tuesday–Friday: 9am– 2pm Page 1 of 9 24 hour answering machine

— Wendy

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Schizophrenia Awareness Week 12-18 May 2013

FORUM

You are invited to come and hear two key speakers focusing on living with Schizophrenia. 11am–12.30pm Thursday 16 May “Flight Deck”, LAUNCESTON COLLEGE Brisbane Street, Launceston Hear the international guest speaker and Mental Health advocate Robin Cunningham. Robin has had considerable business success in the U.S. He also has Schizophrenia. He will speak about his own journey with schizophrenia and his work with Cure Alliance in the USA. Minister Michelle O’Byrne will facilitate the forum and it will include a Q&A with a panel including our two speakers and a family member affected by mental illness.

, CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, and Robin will also share with us the challenges identified in a recent Australian study: “People Living with Psychosis 2010”-----

Being broke Being lonely Being unemployed Being physical unhealthy and facing the uncontrolled symptoms of mental illness

To register for this forum please click on this link: www.mhctforumlaunceston.eventbrite.com.au

We acknowledge and thank forum supporters:

Royce & Thea Fairbrother

Mental Health Carers Tasmania is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services


Schizophrenia Awareness Week 12-18 May 2013

FORUM

You are invited to come and hear two key speakers focusing on living with Schizophrenia. 10.30am–12pm Friday 17 May Hobart Town Hall Auditorium 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart Hear the international guest speaker and Mental Health advocate Robin Cunningham. Robin has had considerable business success in the U.S. He also has Schizophrenia. He will speak about his own journey with schizophrenia and his work with Cure Alliance in the USA. The facilitated forum will include a Q&A with a panel including our two speakers and a family member affected by mental illness.

, CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, and Robin will also share with us the challenges identified in a recent Australian study: “People Living with Psychosis 2010”-----

Being broke Being lonely Being unemployed Being physical unhealthy and facing the uncontrolled symptoms of mental illness

To register for this forum please click on this link: www.mhctforumhobart.eventbrite.com.au

We acknowledge and thank forum supporters:

Royce & Thea Fairbrother

Mental Health Carers Tasmania is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services


MORNING TEA INVITATION

Mental Health Carers Tasmania warmly invites you to an informal

morning tea

with Wendy Groot EO, staff and Board Members

This informal morning tea is for carers, families and friends of people affected by mental illness to meet with our staff and Board Members to learn about the latest initiatives.

The morning teas will be held in HOBART at Mental Health Carers Tasmania office 1 St Johns Avenue New Town on Tuesday 30 April 2013 10.30am–12pm AND LAUNCESTON at Morton House 190 Charles Street Launceston on Monday 13 May 2013 11am–12.30pm.

We are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services

The conversation includes; ---

The launch of the new exciting initiative, the Caring Voices Network Wendy will provide information on a new research project -- An opportunity to provide your input into the next 3 year strategic plan -- An occasion to discuss any issues or ideas you may have with us We look forward to meeting with you! RSVP: admin@mentalhealthcarerstas.org.au Hobart – 6228 7448 Launceston – 6349 1121


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

April 29 10.30 – 3.00

May 24 10.30 – 1.00 / 1.30- 4.00

Ulverstone – Montgomery House, off Carpark Lane

April 30 10.30 –3.00

May 23 10.30 – 1.00 /1.30 – 4.00

Hobart – 1 St Johns Ave New Town

April 22 10.30 – 3.00

May 6 10.30 – 1.00 / 1.30 - 4.00

The Hobart Clinic, Rokeby

April 26 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 —


DisabilityCare Australia, on behalf of the Australian Government and Tasmanian Government

Participant, Families and Carers Forums Glenorchy

22nd April

10:30 – 12:00

Civic Centre, Terry Martin Senior Room, Cooper Street

New Norfolk

22nd April

3:30 – 5:00

New Norfolk RSL, 30 George Street

Queenstown

22nd April

3:30 – 5:00

West Coast Council Chambers, 11 Sticht Street

Mornington

23rd April

10:30 – 12:00

Citywide Baptist Church & Venue, 400 Cambridge Road

Burnie

23rd April

11:30 – 1:00

Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Braddon Hall, Wilmot Street

Latrobe

23rd April

3:30 – 5:00

Latrobe Memorial Hall/ Performing Arts Centre, Gilbert Street

Huonville

24th April

10:30 – 12:00

Huon Linc, Apple Room, 1 Skinner Drive

Smithton

24th April

11:30 – 1:00

Wyndarra Centre, Training Room, 43 Smith Street

Oatlands

26th April

11:00 – 12:30

Midlands Initiative Local Enterprise, 68 High Street

George Town

29th April

10:30 – 12:00

Council Memorial Hall, 29-67 Macquarie Street


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