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Mental Health Week 2016

Get involved with a Mental Health Week event near you! The program of Mental Health Week events happening around the state is out now. You can view the program here.

All the updates, info and insights will also be available via the Mental Health Week event page:

If you haven’t ordered your workplace kit for Mental Health Week yet, it’s not too late. Click here to register:

R U OK? Day

Today is R U OK? Day. We can all make a difference to anyone who’s struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life ups and downs. If your gut says something’s up with someone you know, take the time to ask them how they’re going – you don’t have to be an expert to have a caring, meaningful conversation.

Once you ask them “Are you ok?”, listen without judgement, encourage action and make sure you check in with them again soon. You don’t have to fix their problem or take away their pain, you just need to help them feel supported and show you really care by carefully listening to them.

For more conversation tips and information on R U OK? Day, visit

Workplace Mental Health: An Action Plan For Australia

The Work, Health & Wellbeing Network brings together the expertise and capacity of UTAS researchers and educators in a wide range of discipline areas, with national and international collaborators and partners. They look forward to welcoming you to their meeting at the Hobart waterfront 13-14 October, 2016.

In addition to hearing keynote presentations from international experts, this meeting will provide an opportunity for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to collaborate on the establishment of a set of priorities for effective management of employee wellbeing in an era of high demands and scarce resources.

This collaboration will result in the publication of an Action Plan for Australia which will be collectively authored by participants in a white paper format – a solutions-focused position paper that succinctly captures a problem and proposes a range of concrete actions. Discussions will focus on three themes: preventing harm, promoting the positive and responding to illness. This format draws from the integrated approach to workplace mental health advocated by members of the network (Workplace mental health: developing an integrated intervention approach) and seeks to examine priorities for action in each theme area.

We have an exciting program including an industry breakfast, high calibre keynote presentations, professional development workshops and a dinner at MONA, Hobart’s stunning world class art museum. Your attendance and contribution would be so valuable. Hope you can make it!

For queries contact Meredith Wilson or Carmen van den Berg at Luminous Events: admin[at]  (admin[at]   | Meredith 0415 932 504 or Carmen 0439 612 498

To register, visit the conference website here.

Building Access to Justice: Overcoming Inequities

The Tasmania Law Reform Institute and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute invite you to be part of a Community Conversation on measures to build access to justice and overcome inequities for children, people with disability and complex communication needs in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

The event will be held in Hobart on Friday 23 September.

For further information, download a copy of the event flyer here.

To register for this free event, click here.

Conversation: Mental Health Services Consumer Feedback Complaint Process

A conversation between Consumers and Northern Mental Health Services will be held on Tuesday, 16th August 2016 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Anglicare Tasmania, Meeting Room 120, Cnr Elizabeth and Wellington Streets, Launceston.

Consumers are invited to attend this important discussion. The featured discussion will be on the Mental Health Services Consumer Feedback Complaint Process, and afternoon tea will be provided.

RSVP to: James Mclellan – ph: 6777 4196 | email: james.mclellan[at]

Queries to: Julia Fassina (Flourish) – ph: 0448 185 629 | email: admin[at]

Download a copy of the flyer for this event here.

Flourish Newsletter, July 2016 Edition

Flourish are proud to present the July 2016 edition of our newsletter.

To download a copy of the newsletter, click here.

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Workplace Mental Health: An Action Plan for Australia

Luminous Events warmly invite you to attend an exciting inaugural impact event, Workplace Mental Health: An Action Plan for Australia on 13th-14th October in Hobart, Tasmania.

Hear what is happening internationally in research, policy and practice. Contribute to the development of a collectively authored white paper with the UTAS Work, Health & Wellbeing Network.

Please register your interest HERE to be notified when registration opens and be kept up to date with event announcements.

The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health – Youth Engagement & Training Initiative

Orygen are The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Their Youth Engagement & Training Initiative (YETI) is an online platform for young people aged 17 – 25 interested in developing partnerships with Orygen to:
• advocate for better services for young people with mental ill-health
• advise on youth mental health research projects
• participate in a range of youth engagement activities
• help develop and deliver training

YETI is unique because it combines social networking, learning, advocacy and program engagement in one place. It provides an interactive space for young people from across Australia to discuss ideas, complete training and stay informed on the activities of Orygen.

If you’re interested in joining YETI, contact Jacqui Faliszewski at jacqui.faliszewski[at]  (Jacqui.faliszewski[at]   or call 1300 679 436 and speak to any of Orygen’s Divisional Champions for more information.

Swimming For Mental Health

Rod Bennett is Swimming For Mental Health – how far can Rocket Rod swim in 4 hours? All funds raised will buy equipment for acute mental health inpatients at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Donations can be made here, with the goal of breaking $10,000 in funds raised. For more information, download a copy of the event poster here.

Consumer Engagement Toolkit Project

We are designing a toolkit so Tasmanian consumers can be more actively involved in the ongoing development, planning, delivery and evaluation of services.

Have you given feedback, been an advocate (defended your own or another consumers rights) or been involved in planning, running or evaluating community mental health programs? We would like to interview you about your experiences. Consumers will receive a gift voucher in return for their time.

Contact Hermione on 0474 635 775 or at hermioneh[at]  (hermioneh[at]  

For further information, download a copy of the Consumer Engagement Toolkit Project flyer here.