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Alfred Health Carer Services Free Getaway Tours for Carers

Free Getaway Tours for Carers

We are pleased to present  Active Getways for Carers. These offerings will be a chance to take a break from your caring role and an opportunity to re-charge and try something new.

We have limited places available.

Important Information:

You must be able to independently make your own way to the pickup and drop off points.

You are responsible for determining if the activities included on the tour are suitable for your interests and physical capabilities. Click the links above for more information.

You will need to be physically capable of travelling by bus/coach and comfortable with walking, stairs and steps.

If you do not wish to participate in a certain activity on the tour, you will be able to have free time in the same location.

A waiver will need to be signed if you wish to participate in the Trees Adventure activity. The courses have varying levels of difficulty from very easy to challenging.   You will be able to choose which courses you are comfortable with, or you can sit out this activity and watch the fun from below.

If you are successful in obtaining a place on the tour we will confirm via email on Wednesday 5 May with further details. We cannot guarantee everyone will be offered a place. Places will be prioritised to carers who have not attended a getaway before.
Express your interest online

I cant make these but would like to be on the waiting list for future Getaways

TheMHS Learning Network Perth Virtual Conference 9-12 February 2021

Get Ready for Our Marvellous Monday! 
A fresh start, a clean slate, and a lot of potential for great things to come. That’s what Mondays really are, and that’s precisely what our pre-conference Monday looks like!
View Our Program

You can access more information via this link:

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 9 February 2021

SPEAKER: Christine Culhane, Psychotropic Drug Advisory Service (brochure attached)
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TOPIC: The Latest on Psychotropic Medication
Alfred Health, Pharmacy Department
VENUE: Level 4, 549 St Kilda Road Melbourne and/or ZOOM

Please note If restrictions change, presentation will be via Zoom only, but current situation enables us to meet as ‘in the good old days’ to catch up with friends, chat, share our experiences and from 7.15pm to enjoy refreshments provided by our hard working committee.
Kindly check the website on the day to check for any changes.  You can also join via internet or phone line (even land line) Join Zoom meetings from a warm, comfortable spot at home, with some healthy nibbles.   A pen and some paper might also be handy to jot down notes.  A chat session will commence at 7.15pm, so please join early as Christine will start at 7.30pm.

To join the Zoom meeting jot down Meeting ID: 788 139 680 Passcode: 096604 and click on the link below:

or alternatively, phone any of the following numbers – you can participate even from a land-line. 731 853 730 or 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 or 861 193 900 or 08 7150 1149

If you are having trouble, please phone Eleni on 0412 018 722 or Judi on 0425 723 746 or 9528 2820

Tuesday 9 March Guest Speaker: Tanya Curlis, Grad. Cert. BA (Exec.) MSW MAASW, Clinical Director, Clarable

Beach Walk ‘n Chat on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Walk from Northpoint Cafe Brighton at 1.30pm family members, including canines very welcome.

ISFAF office is not yet attended but please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling Eleni on 0412 018 722 or Judi on 0425 723 746 or 9528 2820 if you have difficulty in accessing any meetings
or would like information or just need to chat to someone.

Individuals who don’t have internet won’t have received this flier. They are likely to be the folk who have suffered the greatest isolation, so if you know someone who does not have internet,
please contact them, and/or let Eleni or Judi have their details if you would like ISFAF to contact them. Many individuals are unaware that they can participate in Zoom meetings without internet.

ISFAF committee is planning fun things for us to share
We are already planning a revised outdoor event and our 30th birthday celebration. If you have suggestions for venue / ideas for events please let Eleni or Judi know asap.

Stigma Watch Bulletin December 2020

Welcome to the final edition of the StigmaWatch bulletin for 2020.

What a year it’s been! Between the drought and devastating bushfires affecting so many at the start of the year, and the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted the entire country and sent us into a variety of lockdowns, alongside dramatic changes to the way we go about daily life, it has been a tough year for all of us.

The flow-on effects of restrictions and other COVID-19 measures have no doubt touched you and your loved ones this year. The demand for mental health support services has steadily increased throughout the year, with record numbers of people reaching out for help and to stay connected, including via the SANE Help Centre.

This demand is expected to remain for some time, making the work SANE Australia and StigmaWatch does to combat stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues more important than ever. We are confident that our work is making an impact and are hopeful that people who may have previously been hesitant to reach out for help, may do so now.

This edition, we celebrate the launches of both the National Stigma Report Card, that presents the findings from the Our Turn to Speak survey, and the new Life After Bushfires digital resource. We also chat with one of our SANE Peer Ambassadors, Jenni about her experience with stigma.

The SANE Australia StigmaWatch team wishes you all a safe, joyful holiday season and look forward to a less challenging 2021.

National Stigma Report Card

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The National Stigma Report Card findings are in, and they show that people living with complex mental health issues experience high rates of stigma and discrimination in many important areas of their lives.

Almost 2,000 people shared their experiences as part of the study, led by SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Centre in partnership with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, with the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

The top five areas of life that survey participants said were most affected by stigma and discrimination in the previous 12 months were relationships, employment, healthcare, social media and mental healthcare. 

This world-leading research was launched during Mental Health Week 2020, via a webinar emceed by Natasha Mitchell – multi-award winning ABC journalist, podcaster, documentary maker and the founding presenter and producer of All in the Mind.

The webinar featured the wisdom and insights of people with lived experience, details of the findings, and recommendations about how the research can be used to create meaningful change. You can watch a recording of the launch online.

The comprehensive research report, the report summary and the Recommendations for action are available on the website, alongside reflections from real people with real stories of stigma and discrimination. The website also features the online data explorer, an interactive tool where you can compare survey results from different life domains, mental health issues and demographics.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this vital study. SANE Australia is committed to honouring everyone’s participation by using the National Stigma Report Card to drive meaningful, systematic change that sees people affected by complex mental health issues being supported and included as equal members of our community. 

The reality of stigma surrounding mental health issues – Q&A with Jenni


Jenni is a creative, positive person who believes that “the glass is always half full.” She enjoys sharing her mental health journey with professionals, carers, the general public and with others who have a lived experience of mental health issues.

Jenni is a SANE Australia Peer Ambassador. She has lived with a diagnosis of schizo-affective disorder for over 20 years. Schizo-affective disorder is a mental health condition marked by a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.

In this Q&A guest blog, Jenni shares some of her experiences about the everyday impact of stigma surrounding mental health issues and why she feels so strongly about changing attitudes and educating others about complex mental health issues.

Read the entire blog here.

Life After Bushfires: A new digital mental health resource from SANE

Mindframe language guide

SANE Australia is proud to launch a new digital mental health resource, Life After Bushfires, designed to help people who have been impacted by bushfires focus on their mental health as part of their bushfire recovery.

SANE Australia CEO Jack Heath says in the immediate aftermath of traumatic events like the recent bushfires, primary needs such as housing and physical health are an immediate priority and mental health can often be overlooked.

“The mental health impacts of traumatic events like the bushfire crisis can be huge, and long lasting. For people with a history of trauma or a complex mental health issue, this is particularly important. These people can be incredibly resilient in times of crisis, and often step in to help others in need, but after the worst is over, the delayed impact on them can be significant,” said Mr Heath.

“Recovery is a process, a long process that is not linear. As people continue to repair and rebuild after the traumatic Black Summer bushfires, the time is right to invest in mental health and wellbeing, particularly for those living with a complex mental health diagnosis such as schizophrenia, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).”

Life After Bushfires includes real stories from people affected by both complex mental health issues and the fires and provides information, tailored support services and connection through online peer-to-peer Forums.

Go to our Life After Bushfires page to find tips on trauma recovery, self-care, connecting with others and seeking help.

New guidelines for reporting on  mental illness, violence and crime.

The way in which the media reports cases where severe mental illness is linked to violence can be incredibly stigmatising, and it is important that such stories are covered in a safe and responsible manner.

Mindframe has recently added to the suite of evidence-informed guides for media with the introduction of the Mindframe guidelines on media reporting of severe mental illness in the context of violence and crime.  These guidelines aim to encourage best practice media standards in order to reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking.

The new guidelines form part of a PhD project, supported by graduate research scholarships from National Health and Medical Research Council (MHMRC) and Australian Rotary Health to Anna Ross (Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne).

To view and learn more about the Mindframe guidelines on media reporting of severe mental illness in the context of violence and crime, please visit the Mindframe website.

SANE Australia end of year appeal

2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year for all Australians, even more so for those affected by complex mental health issues.

In a time when uncertainty is rife, and our basic pleasures have taken a backseat to cope with the COVID-19 health crisis, the SANE Help Centre has seen demand for support increase by over fifty percent.

As we reflect on the dramatic changes to our lives this year, we hope that you will consider a donation in support of the Help Centre. All donations, no matter the size, make an enormous difference. Click the button below should you wish to contribute.

SANE Australia is a registered charity, making a real difference in the lives of the four million Australians affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy. All donations $2 and over are tax deductible

StigmaWatch on Twitter

Follow SANE Australia on Twitter where we use the hashtag #stigmawatch to share StigmaWatch news and information. We love hearing your thoughts on all matters to do with media coverage of mental ill-health and suicide.

Creative Control inspired by the International Day for People with Disability 2020


Creative Control presents a digital showcase of work by artists, writers and creatives with disability, inspired by the International Day for People with Disability 2020 theme, seeing the ability in disability.

Creative Control features a series of events and experiences including a virtual exhibition, panel discussion, workshops and film showcase across seven days from 3-10 December 2020.

View the full program below.

International Day of People with Disability Thursday 3 December 2020

International Day of People with Disability

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) with us on 3 December.

IDPwD aims to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. It’s a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

This year’s theme for International Day of People with Disability is about creating conversations to challenge common perceptions of disability and help create a more inclusive Australia.

We can work together to see all abilities and create an inclusive Australia.

Ahead of the day, check out our website where you can find a poster to display at home, your workplace or within your community.

More information is available on the official IDPwD website including an event calendar and event planning kit.