Group Activities

Monthly Group Activities Calendar

Each month the Pathways To Recovery Program produces a calendar of structured group activities which take place at the MHACA premises and other venues around town. Activities run daily from Monday to Friday weekly. Activities include:

Healthy Cooking – participants learn a new recipe every week and can join in a shared lunch.

Hearing Voices – a safe and understanding group for voice hearers or people who experience intrusive thoughts.

Women’s Recovery Group – a therapeutic group for women focused on recovery through building confidence and skills.

Men’s Yarning Circle – meet other men who also experience mental health issues and enjoy local outings.

Craft – painting, drawing, sculpting, printing and many other crafts are experimented with weekly.

Move It – get your body moving in a supportive environment. Activities include dance, stretching and water activities in summer.

MHACA also has weekly Saturday social activities which include :

  • Picnics/BBQ
  • Araluen Art Centre
  • Alice Springs Cinema
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Outings to places like Standley Chasm and Ross River

The calendar is developed in consultation with the participant group to ensure our programs meet the needs of those in the community.

Find the latest Group Activities Calendar here

Drop-in Centre

In addition to structured activities, a Drop-in Centre is open Monday 8.30am-1.30pm, and Tuesday – Friday from 8.30am to 3.00pm. The Drop-in Centre is a welcoming space where people can come and work on their recovery in a variety of ways. The program provides a comfy lounge area, kitchen facilities, and computers with internet access, an assortment of activities such as board games, library, DVD’s and music, art/craft and physical activities, as well as laundry and bathroom facilities.

Who can participate?

People who are living with a mental illness and have completed the MHACA intake process. If you would like to access MHACA’s services please download the referral form. Participants with and without NDIS plans are welcome.

Participants must book activities in advance. To book an activity call 8950 4600 or email

The Positive Influence of Music On Mental Health

“Music is a universal language for everyone, it helps relax people.” Brian Clyne

As part of the Group Activities program MHACA funded a music project to increase the wellbeing of our participants, acknowledging the positive and powerful influence that music has on peoples mental wellbeing. ‘Kututu’ in Pitjantjatjara means heart, and the foundation for the Kututu Wattleseeds is based in mediation and mindfulness from which music is then created.

MHACA would like to thank Lucia Swift of Sound Wellness for coordinating this project, Pin Rada for production and the MHACA participants for sharing their stories.

Contact MHACA

📞 (08) 8950 4600

14 Lindsay Ave
Alice Springs NT 0870

PO Box 2326
Alice Springs NT 0871


Office: 8.30am–4.00pm

Drop-in: Monday