Mental Health Week 2016 events and information

Mental Health Week 2016 events and information

Monday 10 October 2016 at 12:32 am

Mental Health Week 2016 events and information

Monday, 10 October 2016

We will be joining in some events and checking out others in the amazing array livening Victoria from 9–15 October for Mental Health Week.

On Monday 10 October, we will be part of a World Mental Health Day Expo to raise awareness of mental health issues and responding services. Those coming to the event – to be held between 11am and 2pm at the Mooroolbark Community Centre in Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark – will be able to gather information about our services and others working locally and see how it all connects in the eastern suburbs.

The lineup for Tuesday’s launch night, from 5pm at the Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, includes an act that helped us launch our own service just over a year ago now.

We highly recommend the music of Heidi Everett and Phil Heuzenroeder who also work with the community arts organisation Wild at Heart that hosts song writing workshops.

Our advocates will also be part of Monash Health Mental Health Week Expo, being held from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday 12 October near the David Street entrance of Dandenong Hospital.

It will feature stalls from support services in the Dandenong Region, include refreshments, and is open to service users, carers, families and providers.

The Mental Health Foundation’s events page lists an amazing range of activities across Victoria offering information and entertainment, including festivals,songwriters’ workshops, film nights and a 'psyche ward survival party'.

For those who want to bring on summer, Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership is hosting a ‘Fluro Friday’ event on 14 October at Mentone Life Saving Club on Beach Road, Mentone with those who attend invited to dress colourfully and join in paddleboard and beach activities.

The theme, making mental health issues more visible in the community, has been borrowed with permission from the OneWave movement.

For those in Melbourne who love a bit of theatre, there is the inaugural performance from the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council written by people who use mental health services and directed by the council's Dave Barclay. We're told anyone with mental health issues who has an interest in the National Disability Insurance Scheme will like this one.

A good way to close the week if you live near Sale, in Victoria’s east, might be the Mental Youth Festival at Sale Skate Park from 11am – 2pm on 15 October.  Run by Wellington Shire Youth Council, it will provide information about ways to find assistance and stay positive, and end with a performance by a motorcycle stuntman.

More information

Find out more by visiting Mental Health Foundation’s events page.