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Tandem eNews #148, 12 October 2021

Dear members and supporters,

Happy Carers Week, and Happy Mental Health Week to boot!

If there was ever a time for recognising and celebrating family and friends who care and support those with mental health issues, it’s now. Most people with caring responsibilities have been carrying an extra load over the last 18 months of the pandemic, and our own mental health has taken a hit too.

This year’s theme is Millions of Reasons to Care, which aims to bring attention to the 2.65 million unpaid carers around the country, and provide an authentic picture of caring in Australia.

In Victoria, there are 60,000 people caring for an adult living with mental illness, with about 9,000 of these being people under the age of 25.

We hope that you can find the time to attend some of the events for Carers Week and Mental Health Week/Month, and find some way to nourish yourself and acknowledge just how much you manage to do.

There are a range of events on to celebrate carers, and all are online & free! You can find an event calendar on our website.

To read the complete newsletter click on the link below:
Tandem eNews

And our Mental Health hero?

The staff at Tandem nominated our CEO, Marie Piu, as our Mental Health hero this Mental Health Month!

We nominated her for her advocacy work to ensure that the voices of family and friends in mental health are heard.

We’re sure that members will agree that Marie’s work is nothing short of heroic!

If you’d like to share a comment, head over to our Facebook post.

ABC Your Mental Health

Your Mental Health Banner Watch Your Mental Health collection on iview

You know what I can’t WAIT to do once lockdown is lifted? Head to the beach.

Not for a swim (the waves freak me out – I grew up swimming in pools and placid lakes in Canada), but to watch and to listen.

To watch the waves swirling and crashing, to hear the roar as they smash into land. The birds. The wind. The salty air.

It’s been months since I’ve seen the open ocean, the coast is outside my 5km zone in Sydney.

I’m not alone in my yearning – nature can have a profound impact on our mental health.

So in this week’s newsletter, the first of a four-part series on the things that have been getting us through Covid, we bask in the power of nature. From a journey through the Australian landscape, to making the most of your backyard, to the quirky history of bushwalking.

Here’s to celebrating the great outdoors, in all its forms.

‘Till next time,

How to use your backyard to improve your wellbeing



Alfred Mental and Addiction Health Carers Week Celebrations 11-15 October 2021

Celebrating our carers October 11 – 15

Carers Week 2021

Join us for a week of activities celebrating Carers Week. Family members and carers provide ongoing support, at times with no financial aid and with little reprieve. This year AMAH is celebrating Carers Week with yoga, storytime, trivia night and lots more. Spread the word, it’s time to celebrate………
For further information email: or or reach out to a Family/Carer Peer Worker.

You can access the complete timetable via the link below:

Carers Week 2021 Timetable v2



National Carers Week 10-16 October 2021


Carers Week is almost here 

National Carers Week 2021 runs from 10 – 16 October and is a time to recognise and celebrate Australia’s unpaid carers and all they do.

1-in-8 Australians provide unpaid care and support to family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged. We all know unpaid carers make an enormous contribution to our community as well as our economy . National Carers Week gives everyone a chance to show their appreciation.

In this email, find out how Carer Gateway is celebrating, and what free activities you can get involved in. Why not join us for Carers Victoria’s Celebrating Truly Incredible Carers National Carers Week EventRead more about this exciting event we’ll be presenting at below.

Vicki Down
State Manager, Carer Gateway

Join us on Monday 11 October to celebrate the launch of National Carers Week 2021. You’ll hear a special message for carers from Minister for Carers the Hon. Luke Donnellan MP, find out more about the Carer Gateway and meet Carers Victoria’s new CEO Judith Abbott.Wrap up the afternoon on a lighter note as we chat with comedian Georgie Carroll, known for her roles on The Project, Have Your Been Paying Attention and Talkin’ Bout Your Gen.

All attendees go in the draw to win some great prizes to keep you entertained during this extended period of time at home, including an iPad and Disney Plus subscriptions.

Register here!

Alfred Health Carer Services

Tai Chi, art workshops, meditation, chat groups, zumba and more!
Check out the Alfred Health Carer Services Online Events Program for more information here.

Mental Health Foundation Calendar of Mental Health Month Events October 2021

ANU: World Mental Health Day panel discussion

We are delighted to be partnering with the ANU for the World Mental Health Day online expert panel discussion on Friday 8 October at 12.30-2pm AEST. I will be joining a panel with Dr Hugh Mackay AO, Associate Professor Tegan Cruwys, Dr Amelia Gulliver, and Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus. The session will be moderated by Michelle Linmore from ANU Counselling. The panel will focus on practical ways to improve mental health, including ways to ease loneliness and create connections within our community. We hope this discussion will include ways that we as individuals can cope in the current context, but also ways in which Australia might best respond to emerging mental health challenges.

Daily ideas for looking after your mental health this October

Mental Health Australia has launched its October 2021 calendars for Mental Health Month ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, including daily ideas for all Australians to look after their mental health in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. Mental Health Australia’s downloadable and printable calendars are tailored with some great tips for different audiences, including the general public, young adults, families, older Australians, and workplaces. Download the calendars here.

Out Doors Inc. Newsletter October-December 2021

There’s never been a more important time to focus on our mental health, which is why we’re so excited about supporting National Mental Health Month throughout October. National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health.

Out Doors will be running a range of free events to attract and unite all Australians to raise awareness and promote better mental health for all.

You can access these free events via the link below:

To access our October-December 2021 Program Calendar, click below:
October – December 2021 Program Calendar

Process for getting onto programs

  1. Read through the calendar to find programs that suit your needs, preferences, and availability.
  2. Contact Out Doors Inc. via phone, email, or post to express your interest in the programs you wish to attend. Click below to download an Expression of Interest form.
  3. Out Doors Inc staff will then contact you to confirm you have up-to-date medical forms and a current service agreement (NDIS only – more info on page 3 of the Program Calendar). Once these details are current, ODI staff will confirm your place on the program and send you an invite where required.
  4. Once enrolled, refer to your program invite (Day trips included in this calendar/multi-day program invites will be posted individually), and please read through the COVID-19 health information (page 4 of the Program Calendar) to ensure you are able to attend.

To download an Expression of Interest form, click below:

Alfred Health Carer Services presents Carer Events for October-December 2021

Important information about our events

Are you attending one of our events for the first time?

  • You must register with us to attend our events.
  • Express interest in events by following the links in the “How it Works” section for each event, below.
  • If you are not already registered with us, we will email you instructions on how to register.

How will I know if I can attend?

  • We will send you an email to confirm you can attend the event.

Can anyone else attend with me?

  • Some events are listed for “carers only”, this means only you can join the event.
  • Some of our events are listed for “carers and friends”. This means, you, your close family/friends and the person you care for can join in the event with you. Please do not share links to events with anyone outside of your home.

What will I need?

  • For online events you will need a smart phone or computer with internet to be able to join in.
  • We will send you the ‘link’ you need to join in.
  • Some events offer a kit or ‘extras’ that will be sent to you in the post. There is no cost for this.

Subscribe to our e-Newsletter via to find out about new events, updates or changes to the events program.

To access events click on the link below:

A Celebration of World Mental Health Day 10 October 2021


This October: Look up, look out, and look forward forward!

Thank you for your wonderful video from the Inner South Family and Friends Group and see below a link to your video for download.


or click on the link below:

Also, if you’re sharing on any social media platforms, remember to tag “@AUMentalHealth” and include “#LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia” and “#WMHD2021”.

From Nikki Hogan, Partnerships Manager and Lachlan Searle, Director, External Relations
Mental Health Australia

Stonnington Carers Online Forum “Time for a Little Self Care” 14 October 2021