Building Healthy Communities

Mental Health Week is a national event each year in October that aims to shine a spotlight on mental health in our communities. Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to increase mental health literacy, inform community members of the support services available and share ideas on what people can do in their lives to support their own wellbeing.

In the Northern Territory Mental Health Week is celebrated 5-10 October, ending on World Mental Health Day. The NT theme for Mental Health Week is ‘Building Healthy Communities’, acknowledging that building the overall health of our communities is integral in supporting people’s mental health.

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) organised a program of activities in Alice Springs in collaboration with other local organisations. Activities included a Mental Health Week launch at Yaye’s Café in the Araluen Arts Precinct, a film screening of ‘My Year Of Living Mindfully’ at the Alice Springs Cinema, a morning tea at MHACA with a presentation by the Congress Health Promotion Team and the NPY Women’s Council Uti Kulintjaku Program, Relaxation Workshops at Lasseters Health Club in partnership with the Alice Springs Town Council, and a special Heart Foundation Walk for World Mental Health Day. The popular Stress Less In The Park event was on Friday 9 October at the Civic Centre Lawns.

Local cafe’s participated in a ‘Mental Health Matters’ coffee cup promotion throughout the week.

“Collaborating and working together is a key ingredient in building healthy communities,” said Helen Lambert, Health Promotion Unit Manager, Mental Health Association of Central Australia.

“We know that a whole range of factors can influence a person’s mental health including secure housing, financial issues, family supports, social networks, employment, illness, trauma, stress and other environmental factors. Addressing the social determinants of mental health help prevent mental illness and in the long run reduces pressure on services.”

“2020 has been a tough year with lots of change and challenges from the impacts of the Coronavirus. However, we have also seen the power of what happens when we work together. MHACA is committed to reducing the stigma of mental ill health in our communities and collaborating with local organisations so that community members can better understand services and access the support they need for mental health challenges.”

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The Housing and Homelessness Support Worker (HHSW) will work across MHACA’s housing and homelessness programs specifically the Tenancy Support Program and Housing Psychosocial and Support Program.

For the Position Description and how to apply go to www.mhaca.org.au/2023/01/27/career-opportunity-housing-and-homelessness-support-worker-2/

Temporary full time 12 month contract with potential opportunity to become permanent.

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MHACA is seeking a Housing and Homelessness Support Worker. 
The Housing and Homelessness Support Worker (HHSW) will work across MHACA’s housing and homelessness programs specifically the Tenancy Support Program and Housing Psychosocial and Support Program. 
For the Position Description and how to apply go to https://www.mhaca.org.au/2023/01/27/career-opportunity-housing-and-homelessness-support-worker-2/
Temporary full time 12 month contract with potential opportunity to become permanent.
MHACA EAP/NT SACS Level 4.1 ($78,353 - $84,320) Plus Salary Sacrifice
Applications close Wednesday 1 February at 4pm

There are still a couple spots left for the SafeTALK workshop which will be delivered in Alice Springs on Wednesday 1 February. Register at www.mhaca.org.au/suicidepreventiontraining/

The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) delivers the Central Australia Suicide Prevention Training Program. For more information please call 0437 947 257 or email training@mhaca.org.au

Find other upcoming training opportunities at www.mhaca.org.au/suicidepreventiontraining/
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There are still a couple spots left for the SafeTALK workshop which will be delivered in Alice Springs on Wednesday 1 February. Register at https://www.mhaca.org.au/suicidepreventiontraining/
The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) delivers the Central Australia Suicide Prevention Training Program.  For more information please call 0437 947 257 or email training@mhaca.org.au
Find other upcoming training opportunities at https://www.mhaca.org.au/suicidepreventiontraining/
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