de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds 28 August 2016

The annual de Castella run is a fund raising event for Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.  Several of our members have entered.  For more information see below.

Event Details

When: Sunday 28 August 2016

What: Three great running (or walking) events around the scenic Kew Boulevard to raise money for mental health research at MAPrc.

  1. Vision Personal Training 5km run/walk,
  2. Mizuno 10km run
  3. Nostra Homes 15km run

And don’t forget our wonderful  Run Ready Activity Program for kids ages 3.5 to 10 years
de Castella Run 2016 for Mental Health

Carers Week 16-22 October 2016

National Carers Week 2016
This year National Carers Week runs from 16–22 October.  For information about carer week events go to

You are invited to Inner South Family and Friends Carers Week Film Afternoon Saturday 22 October 2016 to see “Cafe Society” a Woody Allen film
To be held at the Como Cinema, Como Centre corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, South Yarra.   A light lunch will be available from 1pm.   Cost: pensioners $7 wage earners $12 (including lunch).   Booking is essential by 16 October 2016 on 9076 4713.
See film flyer here:



Inner South Family and Friends Dining Group Milanos Bistro, Brighton 10 July 2016

Judith, Judy and JudiJudith, Judy and Judi (it’s a popular name in our group) photographed at Milanos Bistro are members of Inner South Family and Friends.  Judi is the current convenor of the group and Judith and Judy have both served as chair of the group for many years.

The dining group has been meeting at different venues over the last twelve months and is attracting an increasing number of members.   It is an enjoyable, friendly social occasion where you can meet new carers and their family members.

Our next outing is planned for November, but we haven’t organised a date or venue as yet.  Please contact our office on 9076 4713 if you are interested in joining us or would like to suggest a reasonably priced venue in the Cities of Port Phillip, Stonnington or Glen Eira.

Carers Speak about How they Cope with Mental Illness in the Family


This ‘Balanced Life’, is not easy to achieve – you really have to work at it, but I often try to remember the words of a prominent carer, Ken Alexander who said: “Never think that spending massive amounts of time with your loved one will help”. Unfortunately it is not that simple!

Frank and I have six children between us – five boys and one girl. Three of the boys are on the Disability Support Pension. One of my boys suffers from schizophrenia and is in a wheelchair, another suffers from bipolar 2 disorder and one of Frank’s two sons has schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder.

These mental health problems present ongoing concerns for both of us and some people ask us ‘how do you cope?’ and the answer is by having frequent holidays. We have had many wonderful holidays over the ten years we have been together. They include numerous cruises; Alaska, Mediterranean, Caribbean and we are going on a cruise to South America in April this year.

We also belong to a time-share holiday scheme and have stayed in some great places in many parts of the world for a reasonable rate; eg Malta, England, Spain, France and our ever-popular destination, Bali. Well you might say, it’s okay if you are wealthy! Obviously we are not poor but we are on a part pension. But if you cannot afford overseas holidays, please try to get away a few times a year to recharge your batteries. Go to another state or have a seaside holiday in your own state. Sometimes you may be entitled to a few days away – MIND has 4-day respite and recreation events early in May and late May/June2016. Contact MIND, Mark Buljat on 9674 6700, mobile 0405384221 and speak to them about what they can offer you. Mental Illness Fellowship also offer breaks – call Jacinta Pope or Fiorella Mendoza on 9784 6800 for specifics. It need not be an expensive affair. If we did not have these great holidays to look forward to Frank and I may not be able to cope with the every day problems that occur. It’s the constant demands on your mental energy that can really wear you down! If this starts to affect your health, in the long run you will not be any use to anybody, so it is most important to look after yourself. Some carers are so caught up in the problems of their mentally ill loved ones they forget about their own needs; also the needs of the rest of their family. Frank and I work towards the day when we won’t be here and know that whilst our loved ones will miss us, we have tried to make them as independent as possible

I also believe that belonging to a group of people who have like-minded problems, talking with them in a safe environment and listening to interesting speakers on this topic can be very beneficial over time. I am proud of the group I belong to – ‘Inner South Family and Friends Support Group’. We have been going for 25 years and have over 200 members. In that time we have been very active and have been on many government committees concerning mental health and had input from a carer’s perspective; something that is often overlooked!


Judy and Frank in Bali 2015

Judy and Frank in the Caribbean 2015

Judy and Frank in the Caribbean 2015

Frank and Judy Carroll
16 February 2016

Serious Fun Wednesday 20 January 2016

Serious Fun is a program specifically designed for primary aged children who have been bereaved by suicide. The program combines art and craft with a range of fun activities making it “a little bit Serious and a whole lot of Fun”. While the children are occupied, parents have the opportunity to have a coffee and a chat in a separate room. The program will help children by:

Reducing isolation
Allowing them to share their story
Enabling expression of emotions
Developing creative expression
Meeting other children bereaved by suicide

The theme for the January program is, “Getting to know the person who died”.
The first Serious Fun program for 2016 is scheduled for next Wednesday 20 January from 10am to 1pm at Clifton Hall, behind Gallery 314, at 314 Church St, Richmond 3121

For more information or to register, please call Support After Suicide on (03) 9421 7640 or email

Carers Week 11-18 October 2015

For information about the many and varied events over the week go to:

Carers Week 2015 – Alfred Health Carer Services

National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.  It will be celebrated Australia-wide from 11-17 October.  Come and join us! Carers in Melbourne’s south and southeast are invited to join us for morning tea and a light lunch at either the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club in Frankston or The International, Bay Street, Brighton.  Bookings essential and places are limited.  See full details here.

For Carers Victoria listings see:

For Alfred Health Carer Services listings on Friday Extra see:

EVENTS for MENTAL HEALTH WEEK and CARERS WEEK…Please RSVP to these ASAP if you’re interested…

Fluro Friday!
Come along to this community mental health event and wear FLURO, to make the invisible, visible. It is promising to be a fun day out with a BBQ, and fun activities, like walking, beach yoga, and much more! See the flyer here.
When: Friday 9 October, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Mordialloc Life Saving Club, Beach Road, Mordialloc

Caring for yourself – A workshop for carers on 7 October from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Jewish Care has teamed up with Carers Victoria to offer this free workshop for carers in honour of Mental Health Week. In this 2-hour workshop, you will explore why your health and wellbeing are important, and discuss and share strategies to help you look after yourself. A light afternoon tea will be provided. Places are limited, so please remember to RSVP to ensure you don’t miss out.
See flyer for details Caring for Yourself Workshop – Jewish Care Victoria

For Carers living in the Cities of Glen Eira and Port Phillip
FREE Film event on Monday 12 October to celebrate Carers Week
See flyer Carers Week Film Session

Carers Day(s) on the Peninsula
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:30 AM until Thursday, October 15, 2015 6:30 PM
Carers Day acknowledges the thousands of carers on the Mornington Peninsula who look after people with disabilities, people who are frail aged, people with mental illness and people who are unwell. It is a small way of saying thank you and giving carers an opportunity to enjoy some quality “me time”. Enjoy a guided tour of the Salon des Refuses exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery with morning or afternoon tea provided. For more details please call Ph: 5950 1685.

2015 Young Carers Festival
Come along to the Young Carers Festival, with many attractions likes soccer, petting zoo, photo booth, face painting, silent disco, nail art, video games and more!
When: Saturday 17 October 11am-4pm
Where: St Kilda Town Hall
See invitation here.  young carers festival – A3 V2

Inner South Family and Friends Film Afternoon Sunday 18 October 2015
To celebrate Carers Week 2015 we are inviting you to join us to see ‘The Intern’ at the Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick on Sunday 18 October; cost is $5 concession, $10 non concession.  Refreshments will be available in the foyer at 1.15pm, the film will commence at about 2pm.  Please RSVP by 14 October 2015 to ISFAF on 03 9076 4713, email, or Marlene on 03 9690 7789, mobile 0422 536 241.

ISFAF Film Afternoon Sunday 18 October 2015 to Celebrate Carers Week

To celebrate Carers Week 2015 we are inviting you to join us to see ‘The Intern’ at the Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick on Sunday 18 October; cost is to be advised.  Refreshments will be available in the foyer at 1.15pm, the film will commence at about 2pm.  Please RSVP by 14 October 2015 to ISFAF on 03 9076 4713, email, or Marlene on 03 9690 7789, mobile 0422 536 241.

Release date: September 25, 2015
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Nancy Meyers
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content and brief strong language)
Screenwriter: Nancy Meyers

Starring: Robert De Niro, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Adam DeVine, Andrew Rannells, Linda Lavin, Christina Scherer, Celia Weston, JoJo Kushner, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, Nat Wolff

Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Plot Summary:

In “The Intern,” Robert De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).

Schizophrenia Awareness Week May 2015

News from Heidi Everett
“My name’s Heidi Everett and I’d like to invite you and all of ISFAF company to Schizy Week Jam 2015. This year is the biggest and baddest yet!

Schizy Week Jam honours schizophrenia awareness week with high standard arts and live event performance.

This year the stunning Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir will be a sight and sound to behold! Their human rights heart beats loudly and joins mental health bands the Bipolar Bears and Heidi Everett, inspirational speakers including a video message from US Open Dialogue champion Will Hall, all topped off with the unmissable One Love global jam with muso’s from around the world performing on the big screen, jamming along with everyone at the venue.

We’re also launching Illustration on High – an exhibition of work by artists who exerience altered states of awareness like psychosis, depression, anxiety, mania and even hope and joy.”

You can access the event posters via these links:

Schizy Poster15 smPDF

swj_art show FLYER