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From the CEO Mental Health Australia 30 September 2022

Fringe Festival – I Survived the Psych Ward Party

I Survived the Psych Ward Party

A celebration of people who have survived/are surviving the public psychiatric system.

  • Dates 23 Oct
  • Time 5:00pm (60min)
  • Venue Festival Hub: Trades Hall – The Studio
$5.00 – $20.00
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
I Survived the Psych Ward Party
  • Presented by: Schizy Inc
  • Produced by: Heidi Everett
  • Created and Performed by: Artists with Lived/Living Experience

A party where words and rebellious ideas will flow as sparkly rivers full of life and love! Spoken word performance artists from the Schizy Inc wider survivor community slam poetry, mish-mash theatre and proclaim rights of reply at ‘I Survived the Psych Ward Party’. Fully Lived/Living Experience event, all mental health system survivors, friends, family and allies welcome.

“We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; —
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems”


Victoria Legal Aid – New Partnerships (funded by the federal government)

New partnerships to extend vital family violence support

We are pleased to announce the legal and non-legal services that will be partnering with Victoria Legal Aid as we roll out the Family Advocacy and Support Services program across Victoria.

We have established multiple new partnerships to expand Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) across the state and provide more legal advice and support at court for those impacted by family violence.

The organisations will partner with us to deliver duty lawyer services, family violence support services and mental health support services at circuit locations of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) throughout Victoria.

For more information see link below:

NDIS – Manage your plan with the my NDIS app

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Manage your plan wherever you are with the my NDIS app

We created the my NDIS app (opens in new window) to make managing your NDIS plan easier and more convenient.

Participants and their families told us that the myplace participant portal is difficult to navigate and confusing.

The my NDIS app:

  • improves accessibility
  • makes self-managing your NDIS plan easy
  • allows you to claim on the go.

Since the release of the app, we have added lots of new features. You can now make claims even faster by saving claims you use a lot as a favourite. You can also view all your NDIS budgets in the app, not just your self-managed budget.

We will continue to improve the app and add new features. We want to make sure the app continues to be accessible and useful for all.

If you have any questions about the app, call us on 1800 800 110. You can also talk to us using live webchat (opens in new window) or send an email to

Learn more and download (opens in new window).

Mind Matters art exhibtion

Minds Matter art exhibition

Gigi Popovic Artwork

Next date: Friday, 24 September 2022 | 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Gigi Popovic Artwork
‘Minds Matter’ is a great modern art exhibition focusing on mental health in the community.

Art is a great leveler, there is no judgement when in an art gallery because everything is open to discussion and interpretation. I want to share my creative mind with others, to start discussion on the mental health of young people. I also feel that an art environment breaks down many barriers.

This exhibition will have 2 guest speakers. Jess Reid and Stan Rodski, a neuroscientist. Both are avid art lovers and very invested in the concerns of mental health in our community.

10% of all sales will be donated to Headspace in Melbourne.


Thursday, 22 September 2022 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Friday, 23 September 2022 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Saturday, 24 September 2022 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Sunday, 25 September 2022 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM


M.A.S GALLERY. Malvern. Artist Society, 1297-1299 High street Malvern Road, Malvern 3144
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Update from the CEO Mental Health Australia 23 September 2022

Look after your mental health, Australia!

In 2022, the focus of our annual World Mental Health Day initiative is Awareness, Belonging and Connection.

This October, encourage your stakeholders and audiences to sign up for mindful habits for mental health and follow our campaign calendar.

Register Now

Victorian-First Mental Health Residential Service

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a new healing-focused mental health and wellbeing service designed for and delivered by people with lived experience of mental illness.

Because nobody knows our mental health system better than the people who’ve experienced it firsthand. Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system is being reformed from the ground up with lived experience at the heart of new programs and initiatives.

Once open, the residential service will be independently evaluated to ensure it is best serving Victorians in distress, and guide the future expansion of peer-led services across the state.

Read more

Mental Health Month 2022

Register for Mindful Habits of Mental Health

Awareness. Belonging. Connection.

Mental ill health is a growing problem in Australia – one that has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing, and knowing how to support others, has never been more important.

Good mental health is when we can cope with the stressors of our daily lives, participate in loving relationships, contribute to our community, and work towards our goals. Everyone has mental health. And we can all benefit from looking after our own mental health and the mental health of our communities.

This World Mental Health Day – October 10 – the message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”

To find out more, and to share your own tips on how to look after your wellbeing and mental health, follow #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia and #WMHD2022 on social media.

For more information see:

Download WMHD calendar via this link:



Alfred Health Carer Services Wellbeing & Mental Health Expo 28 September 2022

Come along to the
Wellbeing & Mental Health Expo
Explore a range of family friendly resources and fun activities to support mental wellbeing in all walks of life.

Where: Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place
199 Beach Rd, Mordialloc
When: Wednesday, 28th September 2022
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

This is a free community event for all ages – save the date in your calendar!
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Come together to enjoy some of these wonderful activities together:

  • Welcome to Country (Bunarong Land Council)
    Join a guided walk along the Bay Trail and learn about indigenous culture
    2 Yadaki (didgeridoo) led meditation sessions
    Arts activitiesFood from Mabu MabuCome and say hi to a range of stalls and activities from Kingston Council’s community partners:
  • Central Bayside Community Health
  • Uniting – Cheltenham Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and RESTART
    Alfred Health Carer Services
    Brotherhood of St Laurence NDIS
    South East Suicide Prevention Network
    Pathway for Carers
    Representation from Neighbourhood Houses
    A Path to Follow
    City of Kingston’s Social Development team
    Men’s Sheds
    Team Sports 4 All
    Kingston Youth Services
    Shoot some hoops with Victoria Police
    Chill out zone

We recognise the impact that COVID-19 has had on our community, and know that connection through community groups, sporting clubs and support services, is important to maintain positive mental health, especially in times of need.

Save the date in your calendar!

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Tandem E-News Special Edition 30 August 2022

Enews special edition #181
August 30th 2022

Dear members and supporters,

Our Reform conference is now one week away! We are pleased to announce that the conference will also be including a live stream. So if you missed out on an in-person ticket to the event, this is the perfect opportunity to attend the conference from home.

Tandem are giving away free online tickets to members. Email: if you would like to tune in. We will reply with instructions on how to secure your ticket and access the conference online on the day.

Our Reform will be a landmark, sector-wide event. The program is finalised and includes an address from The Hon Gabrielle Williams MP Minister for Mental Health, a Q&A with the Collaborative Centre, a Q&A with the Independent Review Panel, a Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing forum, breakout rooms, an imaginarium room, and so much more.

Tandem will give a 30 minute presentation; Why lived and living experience-led reform matters: Tandem’s work on the Family and Carer-led Centres. Our presentation will take you through all of the work that Tandem has done to codesign the Family and Carer-led Centres, including our travel around regional Victoria holding workshops with families, carers and supporters.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, either in the room or online.

Breaking the Taboo: Giving a voice to the topic of suicide

Discovery College is hosting an online course on suicide. The course will explore how to have open and honest conversations about suicide and how we can support others who have been affected by suicide.

This is a good course for anyone who wants to hear different perspectives from people who have been impacted including friends, families, health professionals, and the broader community.

The course runs from 10:30am – 12:00pm on 22 September, so enrol before spots fill up.

You can access the complete e-news via the link below:

Tandeme-news 30August2022