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Week ending 2 June 2017  Yes we're at that time of year when we hope our heating and hot water systems keep working well...mine had a hiccup yesterday. This week's EXTRA has the usual broad range of carer and Mental Health sector news including an interesting YouTube video flagging our language around mental health's satire but makes the point...hope you enjoy!
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.

FREE Come ‘n’ Try Tai Chi class on 15 June
Mentis Assist invites carers to a Tai Chi session to be held in their Community Room in Mornington. RSVP by 9 June.
See flyer for details 

Mind Recovery College course - Coming out of the clutter closet
For many people who experience mental ill-health, a less than organised home is a by-product or a symptom of the challenge facing people. In this 4 weekly sessions course, the aim is for you to look at some of the underlying difficulties that might be making it difficult for you to gain control, get some ideas on how to make changes and discover that you are not alone.
See flyer for details 

Tandem – Newsletter 31 May 2017
Includes: National Reconciliation Week;  May Meeting of the Carer Lived Experience Workforce;  On the line: Services and Partnering Opportunities; Ready, Steady, NDIS
Read more here 

Carers Victoria – Voice newsletter – May 2017
Includes: CEO Caroline Mulcahy is leaving the organisation in June 2017; Victorian Carers Statement Survey Update; Carers Victoria Welcomes State Budget Announcements; Federal Budget 2017 – What It Means for Carers; Young Carer Scholarships
Read more here 
BPD Community Update – June
Includes: Information Night on Tuesday 6 June featuring Ilona Morrison and Tamara Stilwell; the next Carers Group meeting on Tuesday 17 July and a 2 day DBT training program.
Read more here 

Australian BPD Foundation - June eBulletin
Includes: New BPD Guide; Foundations for Change 2017; Research Surveys; Sleep Study
Read here

Indigenous Traineeship Opportunity - Cert 4, Mental Health
Mind Australia (in Dandenong and Narre Warren) is looking for two Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander people to undertake a Traineeship position with them for 12 months. The Traineeship includes completing a Cert 4 in Mental Health, plus supervision, and practical opportunities.
See flyer for details 

Wellways Update: Following up from the NDIS Forum
The NDIS Forum for Consumers and Carers took place at the Frankston Arts Centre on 3 May, with a capacity crowd of over 300 carers, consumers and mental health professionals. The focus on the forum was psychosocial disability, mental health and the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). This update includes useful NDIS links and resources
See update here

Jewish Care Victoria’s Individual and Family Support Service has formalised an agreement with the Jewish Mediation Centre
Jewish Care now has the capacity to meet the end-to-end needs of Jewish families with children who are separating and/or divorcing where there is significant discord, including family violence issues through the provision of: Telephone and crisis support, safety planning case management, court support, pro-bono legal advice, referral to mediation, financial counselling, housing support and individual, couple or family counselling. Mediation is an important offering for those families who are considering or planning to separate or divorce, and has become an essential part of the divorce process. The Jewish Mediation Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that offers family dispute resolution, for individuals and families. See their website here  for more details.
Mental Health Australia (MHA) – CEO Update
MHA CEO, Frank Quinlan asks “How urgent are the important things?”… The Eisenhower Principle…at Mental Health Australia it is a principle we look at regularly. One we looked at last week when our Board met for a strategic planning exercise.”
Read more here

YouTube video: What if we talked about physical health the absurd way we talk about mental health?
View here

Expressions of Interest now open… City of Casey - Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
The call for nominations for representatives on the newly established City of Casey Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee is NOW OPEN from 26 May and closes 13 June.  Expressions of Interest for the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee are sought from people who live, work, or study in the City of Casey, with an interest in Access and Inclusion within Casey.
See flyer for details 

Health Issues Centre (HIC) Newsletter – Full Circle (May edition)
Hear about the latest HIC work to improve Victorian health care
Read here

Workshop (24 July) and Public Seminar (24 July) by Marc Lewis, author of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain & The Biology of Desire!
View from the Addicted Brain…Ever wondered what happens in the addicted brain? Marc Lewis, world renowned author and speaker, talks about his own experience with addiction, what happens to the brain on drugs and solutions to the problems of addiction. Is addiction really a brain disease? Come to this fascinating talk by a world leader and find out. This seminar is for parents, professionals and people who use drugs who are interested in the brain science of addiction. Hear about the science in an accessible and entertaining evening with Marc Lewis.
See Seminar details here
See Workshop details here

Consultation - stigma and discrimination in relation to viral hepatitis
The Stigma Response Coordinator at Hepatitis Victoria is seeking input from people about their experiences of stigma and discrimination, in relation to both hepatitis B and hepatitis C. 
Read more here 

Professional Development: HEPReady training
If you work helping people living with or at risk of hepatitis, Hepatitis Victoria has essential training that covers all the basics in just a morning or afternoon.
See details here

Professional Development: The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People & Kids in Cyberspace
Generation Next’s professional education efforts in the prevention and control of mental illness among youth is the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar Series. Responding to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing online environment, in 2017 Generation Next is hosting a unique parallel event dedicated to promoting the healthy use of technology and young people’s wellbeing in cyberspace.
See details here 

Professional Development: Narcissism in Health and Pathology…the Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly
Spectrum will be running a conference about Narcissism on 24 November 2017 in Melbourne. An eminent social philosopher and clinicians will be addressing the issue of narcissism in health and pathology.
See flyer here 

Professional Development: VICSERV NDIS & Mental Health: VICSERV NDIS Bulletin
Read here 

Professional Development: Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) Connect: Autism webinar, network news, resources and more.
Read here
Register now for MHPN's webinar on 5 June: Collaborative mental health care to support adults on the autism spectrum.
See details here

Professional Development: SEMPHN Network News
Includes: Suicide Prevention Australia survey; Tenders closing soon
Read more here

From Carers Victoria - New Melbourne Carer Consultations announced re the Victorian Carer Statement – Oakleigh (20 June) and Dandenong (22 June)
The Victorian Government is working in partnership with Carers Victoria to develop a Carer Statement which will outline how we can best support and recognise carers.
Read more here                       See Dandenong flyer here

Inner South Family & Friends (ISF&F) MH Carer Support Group – monthly meeting
* At the next ISF&F meeting on Tuesday 13 June from 7.30 p.m. in St Kilda, Lynda Jordan will discuss the role of the Forensic clinical specialist and how it benefits consumers, families, MHCSS workers and clinicians. All welcome, no charge, no need to book and light supper available.
* Also the ISF&F mid-Year Dining Group lunch is just around the corner on 25 June at Milano’s in Brighton. Booking is essential.
See flyer here 

Homeless Memorial
Come and join us on 21 June in St Kilda to remember those who have died whilst homeless. 
See flyer here
Mental Health workshops for the Chinese speaking community
The Centre for Holistic Health is a not for profit organisation aiming to  promote good physical and mental health among the Chinese community. They are running a series of workshops targeting Chinese-speaking people with emotional issues and their carers. The  workshops aim to increase the awareness of impacts of negative emotions caused by illness or stresses. See workshop details in the following flyers…
Say Goodbye to Anxiety and Depression…applying CBT
* Marital Rock ‘n’Roll …Chinese version   English Version
* Anger Management… Chinese version   English Version
Emotion Management Workshop - Elementary 

FREE activities at the lifeAssist Carers Hubs
These activities are open to people living in Cardinia, Casey or Dandenong who are supporting a person with emotional distresses, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability. Mental Health First Aid workshops to be held in June as follows...
** Mental Health First Aid for Carers
When: Wednesday 14 June and Wednesday 28 June from 10am to 4pm (two day course)
Where: Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green, Street, Pakenham
Lunch provided at each session. See flyer for more details. RSVP is essential – see here. 
** Mental Health First Aid for Carers
When:  Tuesday 20 June and Tuesday 27 June from 10am to 4pm (two day course)
Where: Uniting Place; 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park
Lunch provided at each session. See flyer for more details. RSVP is essential – see here.
Carer Support Groups in Port Melbourne and Narre Warren…Are you a carer for someone with mental health issues? Would you like to be part of a monthly carer support group?
Mind Australia would like to set up a monthly support groups run by carers for carers in both Port Melbourne and Narre Warren areas. If you are interested or would like more information, Mind would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Mind’s Family and Carer Services on 03 9686 4900 or Salma Mahari on 0419 783 595.
See Port Melbourne flyer here                        
See Narre Warren flyer here 

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