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2017-18 Grant recipients

A total of $590,851 has been distributed to 15 community organisations under the Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program 2017-18.





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The CALD Social Growth Project delivers a series of workshops and retreats focused on promoting recovery, resilience and social inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are experiencing mental illness. 




A series of workshops will be delivered by Artful Voices Hearing Voices Group for young people aged 12 to 21 who hear voices, their families, friends and carers. The workshops aim to improve understanding of the voice hearing experience; identify needs and support options; plan for day to day situations as well as crisis situations; and make connections and share with others in a similar situation.


Dysart Community Support Group


The Isaac Wheel of Wellbeing Project will train local facilitators to deliver Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) workshops and further promote and embed the WoW framework in the Isaac region including in remote communities impacted by natural emergencies such as cyclones, droughts and floods.


Eacham Community Help Organisation (ECHO)

Malanda and surrounds

Rural Wheel of Wellbeing delivers Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) workshops to community members in Malanda and surrounding communities. This project will also include the development of a community wellbeing work plan based on WoW principles.


Mental health Carers Arafmi QLD


The Carer Peer Learning Network will establish an online Carer Peer Learning Network to share the experiences and voices of mental health carers, develop and deliver carer peer support resources and training sessions to carers by carers across Queensland.


Harmony Place


The Community Mental Health Advocate Project provides training and support to CALD community members and frontline staff to become Community Mental Health Advocates. The project aims to reduce stigma and other barriers for migrants and refugees seeking support for mental health issues.


Open Doors Youth Service


The Pride Art Therapy Program delivers an art therapy program to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex (LGBTI) young people and support young people to live healthy empowered lives through connecting them to community and culture, decreasing stigma and promoting social inclusion.



Horn Island

Thursday Island

The Two Households: An inclusive mental health and wellbeing initiative in Far North Queensland project offers a series of performance and health and wellbeing workshops with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, develop and perform 'Two Households' that explores themes of alcohol and other drug use, domestic violence and racial intolerance. The project aims to improve health and wellbeing, support active participation, promote racial tolerance, increase feelings of confidence and self-worth and strengthen the capacity for self-expression.


Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) – Stronger Together

Brisbane and Logan

Stronger Together: Communities building inclusion and connection will train and support a group of community champions from refugee backgrounds to raise community awareness and support for young people aged 12 to 25 years old from refugee backgrounds who are at risk of or impacted by problematic alcohol and other drug use. The project will also deliver a series of community events to build social connectedness, reduce stigma and enhance community understanding of alcohol and other drug issues for young people from refugee backgrounds. 


Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)  – Youth Voice

Greater Brisbane

Youth Voice: Young people, belonging and wellbeing delivers a series of events with young people aged 12-25 years from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to discuss social issues which are important to them. The project aims to strengthen the social inclusion of young people in the broader community and increase their confidence to engage in discussions about multiculturalism, diversity and other social issues. Read more >>


Red Ridge

Central West Queensland

Inspiration in Isolation establishes a wellbeing companion program to support a number of rurally isolated women to attend an event focused on improving mental and physical health and wellbeing, and promoting social inclusion and connections. Read more >>


The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Queensland Branch)

Toowoomba, Dalby, Goondiwindi, Bundaberg

Community Farmacy – The helping hand initiative delivers Mental Health First Aid training to community pharmacy staff and members of the farming community in four rural and remote locations.  This initiative aims to promote community connections and social inclusion and reduce stigma related to mental illness. It also aims to build the capacity of community pharmacy staff to provide assistance and support to people experiencing mental health issues. Read more >>


University of Queensland

South East Queensland

Beyond the Reef project works with culturally and linguistically diverse Maori and Pasifika young people to develop and perform a series of community arts activities to explore issues related to mental health and wellbeing, culture, stigma and social inclusion.


Wesley Mission Queensland


Stand Together is a physical activity and mindfulness program, work with current and former members of the Australian Defence Force who are experiencing mental health issues including depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and their partners. Read more >>


Young People Ahead Youth and Community Service

Mount Isa

Peers Take Action develops a peer mentoring project for young people aged 16 to 25 in Mount Isa. The project aims to promote social inclusion, raise awareness about mental illness, problematic alcohol and other drug use and suicide, and enhance knowledge about how to access services and support.




Total (excluding GST)