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Week ending 10 March 2017  We seem to have just as many items in the REMINDERS section (scroll down close to the end of this email) as the stack of new items that have appeared this week. Please check the REMINDERS each week as this is where I'll re-list current carer events including educational workshops and social connection opportunities... I wouldn't want you to miss the chance to meet and have some fun with other carers!
N.B. Please send any items for inclusion in the EXTRA to me no later than C.O.B. Wednesday each week.
All information listed is stored on our website in the section Weekly Mental Health News - Friday EXTRA.

Invitation from Tandem to Morning Tea for Mental Health Carers on 27 March
Tandem will be holding a morning tea for carers to discuss the findings of the Mind Australia and University of Queensland research into “The economic value of mental health caring in Australia”. Gerry Naughtin from Mind Australia will present the findings, and it’s hoped that the event will also be attended by Minister Foley,  Gabrielle Williams or representative.
RSVP by 20 March is essential so please note the details on the invitation attached and on the booking site as these are required due to the event’s venue. 
Invitation to a Community Forum with Alfred Health - Monday 20 March at Caulfield
Alfred Health invites carers who have experience of the hospital or our community health services to the launch of our new Patient’s Come First Strategy on Monday 20 March from 1.30pm-2.30pm at Caulfield Hospital, 260 Kooyong Road, Caulfield. The Patient’s Come First Strategy is our framework for patient experience and consumer engagement.
You are welcome to join us and meet other carers, consumers, community representatives and Alfred Health staff; to hear how we plan to ensure your needs and thoughts are considered.  You will have the opportunity to share your ideas about how we can make the strategy a success for patients and carers.  A complimentary afternoon tea will follow.
Come and be a part of our launch and community discussion in the Level 2 Conference Room, Fethers Block (Building 10), Caulfield Hospital, 260 Kooyong Road, Caulfield. For catering purposes, bookings are essential.  RSVP and inquiries by Wednesday 15 March to Suzanne Corcoran on Ph: 9076 2409 or Email: with the number of people attending and your name/s.

ADVANCE NOTICE – FREE Mental Health EXPO in Frankston on 21 April 2017
Lets Talk About Mental Health Frankston is a FREE event to provide information about Mental Health and other support services available to the Frankston & Peninsula Communities. The EXPO will be held at  The Function Centre in the Frankston Art Centre on Friday 21 April 2017 from 10am – 2pm.
Listen to and be inspired by people’s real life experiences. Browse through the many stalls and receive information about Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Advocacy, Employment, Counselling, Respite & Housing Services. Refreshments will be available.
All enquiries to Judy Anderson (Peninsula Health) Ph: 9238 8634
See flyer here  

BPD Community update: Carer's Group, BPD research opportunity
The BPD Carer's Group in South Melbourne meets monthly and welcomes new members. At the next meeting on 21 March, come and experience 'psychological flexibility'. The night will involve a fun activity that incorporates valuable learning. It promises to be a light hearted night - and don't we need a bit of lightness every now and then! Please RSVP to Barb Mullen via or Ph: 0409 952 754
For anyone with a diagnosis of BPD, there is an opportunity for you to take part in research that is being undertaken here in Melbourne. It sounds interesting and provides a chance for your voice to be heard. For more information, see the flyer here and contact Zalie Merrett on Ph:  9092 6726 or Email:

Wellways Hub: Friendship, Activity & Therapeutic Group Program – March 2017
Wellways has a range of great community based activities designed for individuals experiencing mental health and other psychosocial disabilities, their families and the wider community. These groups provide social interaction, education and recreation in a safe and supportive environment.
Read more here

SANE Express - March
Includes: Hocking Fellowship applications now open…The Hocking Fellowship provides an opportunity for Australians to undertake a study tour in an area of interest that helps advance public understanding of complex mental illness. Also the SANE Blog features items such as Avoiding carer burnout; Do changes to mental health services stress you out?
Read more here

Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) program – South East Catalyst Program in Narre Warren is open for referrals  
Catalyst is a 6-week structured non-residential AOD rehabilitation program incorporating a range of activities, including group work, individual counselling, recreation and social activities. The aim is to help people develop coping skills and maintain motivation to change their substance use behaviour.
Potential clients and workers/referrers can call Ph: 9704 1220 for further information.
See flyer 

Lifeline Australia  – join the  Lifeline petition with thousands of other concerned Australians who have called for more suicide prevention programs.
Two great things have happened recently that show the Government is committing to improving suicide prevention programs:
  • People in crisis will be able to get help from trained Crisis Supporters via SMS, through a new service called Text4Good. It's being developed by Lifeline using seed funding from the Federal Government.
  • The Federal Health Minister also announced the launch of four new suicide prevention trial sites in regional areas with high suicide rates. 
More needs to be done…see information here about how you can help 

The Field Guide: Belonging Matters - February 2017 ~ Edition 1
Towards a Better Life - Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March 2017, 9 am to 4:30 pm at Burwood District Bowls Club; Warrigal Road, Burwood, Victoria
This 2 day event will inspire participants to reflect on the value of obtaining a ‘good life’ and consider how we may support people who may have been marginalised or disadvantaged to have better lives and greater involvement in their communities.
See details here

MHA CEO Update: Holding tight for marriage equality and mentally healthy communities
Read here

Diversity Update for March/ April of activities happenings across the Southern Metro Region and other useful resources
Items include: Community Grants; Increasing Choice in Home Care/ Resources; Home care Today; Dementia; Aboriginal; CALD; Diversity Framework update; Social /Financially disadvantage – Insecure Housing; LGBTI; Disability; NDIS; Care Leavers; Useful Links; Looking for a Guest Speaker; Training 2017
Read here 

Victoria Police website - Crime Prevention & Community Safety
This website has a range of information which may be of interest to you including Resources e.g. Fact Sheet: Voluntary Disclosure of Personal Information Regarding a Mental Disorder and/or Disability

Media: a selection of Articles from The Conversation during March 2017
The Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group have compiled a selection of articles from The Conversation which may be of interest to you including… Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters; How fake drugs end up in our public health system (and how to spot them)
See the ISF&F selection here 

Health Issues Centre…
* Brand new short workshops for Consumers and Health Services Staff
These workshops are being offered for the first time and include: Health Literacy for Clinical and Non-Clinical Staff; Co-production for Health Consumers; Co-Production for Health and Community Services and Clinical Governance.
See details here
* Enrolments now open - Nationally accredited courses in consumer engagement and consumer leadership
You are invited to enrol now in Health Issues Centre’s nationally accredited courses which include Consumer Leadership and the Graduate Certificate in Consumer and Community Engagement
Read more here

South East Melbourne Indigenous Network (Suicide Prevention & Social and Emotional Wellbeing)
Key themes which emerged from a recent meeting and discussion with Elders included:
  • A need to review the name of the Network (with an emphasis on social and emotional wellbeing)
  • Considerations regarding the target area of the Network (is the geographical area too large)
  • A need for Elders and other community members to be trained in suicide prevention
  • A need to continue to consult the Elder group regularly about the activities of the Network and its future steps
  • The importance of having a diverse representation of community members and service providers in the Network
See Notes from this meeting. See attached flyer for next meeting (20 March 2017 from 12-2pm @ The Gathering Place) as well as a draft Agenda.  Contact James Bell Ph: 0418 694 668 for more information. 

Newsletter: Friends of SEMPIR - South Eastern Melbourne Partners in Recovery – February 2017
The Friends of SEMPIR newsletter will keep you up to date with all of the exciting projects, events and latest news to do with the SEMPIR program. Includes news about: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Grants Now Open; Brainwaves – weekly radio show; Carer Hubs in South Eastern Melbourne.
Read here

Professional Development: Network News from South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN)
Includes: Increased funding for AOD; Doctors in Secondary Schools; Professional development opportunities and events
Read more here

Professional Development: NDIS & Mental Health: VICSERV NDIS Bulletin
In this edition: VICSERV NDIS News; National NDIS News; State NDIS News; NDIS Insights;  NDIS Tools and Resources; Upcoming events on the NDIS
Read here

Professional Development: VICSERV Factsline
Read here 

Professional Development: ** Positions Available ** - Occupational Mindfulness Training - 8 week workshop
Occupational Mindfulness Training will be presented by John Julian on the Peninsula for 8 weeks during March to May 2017 in the John Madder Hall (see attached map). Dates/times are Thursdays 9/3, 16/3, 30/3, 6/4, 13/4, 20/4, 11/5 & 18/5 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
What will the mindfulness practice include? Individuals will be introduced to several forms of mindfulness including sitting, yoga and walking meditations with the use of yoga. In addition, the course examines the way we relate to our thoughts and thinking through a series of exercises. Participants will be provided with notes, CD’s and instruction and be expected to undertake 45 minutes practice a day.
See flyer here. 
Professional Development: VTMH Monthly Seminar Series – Wednesday 15 March -  ‘Tackling Racism in Schools‘ - Reflections on a Diversity Program
In 2016, students and doctors who volunteer with the organisation, Possible Dreams International (PDI), came together to run a Diversity Program at a Melbourne High School, addressing the ways in which racism affects mental health in schools.  The program enabled facilitation of difficult conversations with the students and teachers on this topic. The volunteers won the 2016 Monash University Vice Chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Award for this Program. Two of the volunteers who assisted with the program will present on their experiences.
See here for more information and registration

Professional Development: Register now for MHPN's webinar: Supporting people living with borderline personality disorder – 21 March
Join the interdisciplinary panel discussion about how collaborative care may help support people like Emma, a 35-year-old mother of two. Emma experiences strong anxiety and panic attacks and has a history of self-harm. She needs constant reassurance about her parenting and struggles to maintain relationships with partners. 
See details here

Professional Development: ** Positions Available ** - Foundational Counselling & Related skills for Experienced MH Staff
This session will be presented by John Julian on Monday 27 March from 9:00am – 4:30pm at the Dandenong Hospital ART Building Meeting Rms 1 & 2
Register here  

FREE workshops: lifeAssist's Plan My Future Workshop Series
Plan My Future workshops are open to all people with disability (including mental health issues), their families and their carers. These free practical workshops are led by people with expertise in helping people achieve their goals. We will help you be prepared for your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning meeting. Register soon as sessions fill up quickly!
Thursday 23 March 2017 from 10.15am to 12.30pm
Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 6.45pm to 9.00 pm
Where: Ground Floor Building 5, Brandon Offices, 530 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley
See flyer for further details. 

Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) Carer Support Group – UPDATE including 14 March Meeting and 29 March Dining Group
The ISF&F’s monthly support group meeting on 14 March will feature presenter, De Backman-Hoyle who will discuss how consumers and carers can use their voices and work collaboratively to design educational materials for use by clinicians. The ISF&F Dining Group will meet for a meal in Caulfield South on 29 March at 6.30.
See more details here 

Family/Carer Workshops: Wellways Building a Future 
Wellways Australia will present the following workshops:
  • Building a Future is an 8 session mental health  education and support program for families, friends and carers of someone experiencing mental health issues. The program is led by peers – trained people who have their own lived experience as a family member, friend or carer. This program will be held in the Southern Community Mental Health Service, Hampton East commencing on 15 March (for 8 weeks) from 10.30am – 1.30pm. See flyer for more details including RSVP
  • Building a Future “Snapshot”…the snapshot program is a 2 session mental health  education and support program for families of someone experiencing mental health issues. This program will be held at the Balla Balla Community Centre, Cranbourne East, on Thursday 23 and 30 March from 6.00 – 9.00pm. See flyer for more details including RSVP  

Carer Workshop: Wellways Snapshot
Wellways Australia will present this workshop from 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. in Mornington on Saturday 18 March 2017.  Carers & family members can find hope and a fresh approach to support mental health recovery
See details here 

FREE 2 session workshops for Mental Health carers…Skills, Thrills and Interviews!
Learn how to write a resume, prepare for an interview and get that job! The two 2 hour (from 9.30 – 11.30 a.m.) sessions will be held on Friday 31 March and 7 April in Dandenong South.
See updated flyer for RSVP (by 29 March) and other details

Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counselling Program
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counselling Program is an 8 session program  created to respond the needs of families impacted by substance use. The service focuses on increasing family skills and understanding of substance use, treatment options and legal factors by providing the opportunity for families to come together. The service will increase the family’s confidence and coping capacity to more effectively manage substance use issues, treatment pathways and options.
For more information regarding this program or making referrals, please contact Silvia Violante (Alcohol and Other Drugs Family Counsellor) on 9525 1300 or
Read more details here 

FREE Financial Literacy Forum from Jewish Care - Women and Finance: Let’s Have A Conversation
Women should ask themselves questions such as: What do I have? How do I access it? How is the money invested? How much debt do I have? Finance is relevant to every woman through all stages of their life, so financial knowledge is vital for wellbeing and security.
Presenting at this FREE forum is Financial Adviser and AMP Adviser of the Year 2016, Esther Althaus. Esther is passionate about working with women to ensure that their money is protected and preserved, particularly when they are required to make big decisions that can affect their long-term financial wellbeing.
When: Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 7:30 – 9:00pm
Where: Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield
Contact: 8517 5999 or
RSVP: Friday 10 March 2017        See flyer here   

FREE Community Awareness events: suicideTALK – sessions are on offer during March in various venues
You are invited to participate in an exploration of suicide awareness at one of this term’s suicideTALK parent and community events. These workshops are open to anyone in the community aged 15+ who would like to attend. All sessions are free of charge. SuicideTALK is a 90-minute session that will invite you to become more aware of suicide. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question, “Should we talk about suicide?”
See flyer for details of all sessions  

DDACL's World NO Tobacco Day – 23 March Fun Run/Walk
The Bunurong Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team at Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd (DDACL) have opened registrations for their celebration of World NO Tobacco Day with a 5km Fun Run/Walk starting at Gunns Road Reserve in Hallam and around Frog Hollow Wetlands in Endeavour Hills. To register just click their Kick the Butt website here and go into the “What’s New” section where you will see the link (as you can see in the attached image) Other prizes and giveaways will be announced closer to the date of the run.
For all DDACL’s partnership organisations, there will be marquees so you can promote your services on the day. If you are interested and haven’t yet got a marquee, please hurry as there are only 8 spots left! Call Chris Mob: 0488 115 569 to book a display marquee.
See flyer for details   

FREE 2-day Workshop on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 April 2017 for Carer Families/Partners supporting a Family Member with Borderline Personality Disorder …Fostering Realistic Hope
The workshop will be facilitated by Peter McKenzie (from The Bouverie Centre) in Brunswick. The supportive group process with a therapeutic focus aims to: 
  • Invite participants to share and respond to stories of living with BPD and the effects it has on their lives & relationships
  • Explore-evaluate participants’ and professional knowledge and practices that foster realistic ways to support relationships and promote initiatives that work with the effects of BPD on families. 
See flyer for more details here 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2017 Carers’ Retreat
Alfred Health Carer Services is organising this retreat opportunity in Lancefield from 20 – 22 March for carers of Aboriginal origin who are over 50 years of age or are caring for a person over 50 years of age and live in the Southern region of Melbourne. Please call Cyndie Fox Ph: 9212 3017 NOW to discuss your interest.
See flyer for details                 See Referral form

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