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What’s on for the first three days of Queensland Mental Health Week

9 Oct 2020

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Saturday 10 October

Mental Resilience in Tough Times – QUT Virtual Real Health Public Lecture: Join QUT’s mental health and neuroscience researchers and Paralympian Monique Murphy in a free public virtual lecture and Q&A panel live discussion this World Mental Health Day. Monique won a silver medal in the 400m Freestyle S10 at the Paralympic Games in 2016 – two years after a fall from a fifth-floor balcony resulted in amputation of her right leg below the knee.

Community Fun Day – Coming Together For Mental Health (Hervey Bay): Organised by headspace Hervey Bay, this event is designed to raise awareness of mental health amongst the Fraser Coast community. There will be activities, entertainment, as well as a free sausage sizzle.

Happy Heads: to be launched on the Rotary Club of Cairns Trinity Facebook page. Happy Heads is about capturing and celebrating the lives of those Queenslanders who are keen to share their story, around the sometimes-sensitive subject of mental health and wellbeing.

The project comprises of a collection of 12 15-minute interviews, captured from everyday Queenslanders within the community, to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

Conversations that matter: Men’s online webinar: Blokepedia, with the support of Kingston East Neighbourhood Group and Logan City Council, will host an online webinar at 7pm that discusses the importance of health and wellbeing in men and boys and provide valuable insights and tools by having a ‘conversation that matters’.

The panel of speakers includes Dr. John Davis, psychologist Shane Senituli, NRL’s Joel Thompson and men’s health advocate and speaker Justin Geange. To watch the webinar click here.

Labyrinth Mindful Walk: Bargara at 6am, Nielson Beach, Fred Courtice Avenue, Bargara. Start your day and take Your time with a mindful labyrinth walk in the sand in front of the Beach Mill Coffee Bar. Focus, rest and renew or set your own intention.

Light Up Warwick: As part of Queensland Mental Health Week celebrations, Southern Downs Regional Council will, at 7pm, light up Warwick Town Hall to shine a spotlight on the importance of our mental health and wellbeing. Catch the light up from October 10-18 if you can, and join the conversation by sharing images with family, friends and colleagues using the hashtags #QMHW and #QMHWTakeTime.


Sunday October 11

Walk for Awareness: This year the Mental Awareness Foundation will be hosting a physical event at Captain Burke Park in Brisbane, plus also giving individuals and teams the option to find their own 8km walk route to Walk for Awareness virtually. Register now.

Lift The Lid Walk For Mental Health (Sunshine Coast): This annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Mooloolaba offers community members an opportunity to 'lift the lid' on mental health and in the process, raise much needed funds for mental health research. Register here.

Cycle for Mental Health (Online): Cycle for Mental Health is a virtual 220km cycle from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, raising funds for Wesley Mission Queensland’s mental health services.

Cycle during Queensland Mental Health Week, either on an exercise bike or out in the community, alone or with friends, and log your kilometres on the online dashboard. Visit Website


Monday 12 October

Out from the Mist: Short-listed entries from this photography and short movie competition, organised by the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, will be exhibited at the Queensland Government Building, 1 William St Brisbane, during QMHW.

Greater Brisbane Mental Health Expo: Now in its 10th year, the Greater Brisbane Mental Health Expo (former Brisbane Mental Health Expo) is adapting to the new climate and moving online! The week-long event will include educational sessions, community panels, workshops, performances, and competitions. Learn more via their Facebook page.

Webinars on workplace mental health: The Office of Industrial Relations are hosting several webinars during QMHW. There's sessions on stress resilient leadership, early intervention, suicide prevention for young workers in the construction industry, managing the mental health impacts of remote and isolated work, and more! Find out more, here.

Well Connected: Our Wellbeing, for older people and carers: 10am at Caboolture Hub (Learning & Business Centre), Hasking Street, Caboolture. COTA Queensland, in partnership with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Wellways Australia are running a day of activities for people over 50, their carers. Meet the #StampedeStigma team and find out what they do and how they can support you to stay well.

Morning of Connection #1 at Millaa Millaa: A morning of connection, from 10am-12pm, celebrating community resilience with chatting, learning, crafting, light lunch, story-telling and a focus on resilience and acceptance. Visit website

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