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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.

To sign up to our mailing list and receive future editions direct to your inbox, click here.

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.

Hobart Human Library

The Hobart Human Library is a library just like any other – except the books are real, living people!

Human libraries are used around the world as a simple way for people to build empathy and face their prejudices.
They do this by providing a comfortable space for people to speak informally with a ‘book’ who has encountered prejudice or stereotyping because of their culture, religion, refugee background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability.

The goal of a human library is always to promote and increase the understanding and acceptance of difference between members of a community. Human libraries are about two-way listening and learning.

The Hobart Human Library are looking for more people to become human books – if this sounds like something of interest to you, check out the Hobart Human Library website here and their Facebook page here.

2016 TasCOSS Conference

TasCOSS’s biennial conference brings together Tasmania’s community services sector to think, learn, challenge and lead on issues that affect our families, communities, workplaces and government.

This year’s theme, Everyone a Leader, invokes the need for citizen-led change in our State to stop the cycle of doing things over and over the same way without achieving real change.

Change that is led within and by our communities will create a difference in the lives and futures of all Tasmanians.

The 2016 TasCOSS Conference will be held on 23 & 24 November at the Blundstone Oval Arena Function Centre. Register now for Early Bird prices. To register, click here.

Flourish – Board Member Required

Flourish is currently seeking an enthusiastic director who can contribute to the Board of Governance. All directors serve in a voluntary capacity. Flourish seeks a well-balanced Board with skills in strategy, governance and financial management, community engagement, fund-raising and marketing.

We are seeking experienced individuals who possesses broad general Director’s skills, and who can bring experience in areas such as, finance, legal and industrial relations. Flourish is also specifically seeking expressions of interest from people with previous Chair or CEO experience.

The board meetings bi-monthly and has an annual general meeting (usually held in Campbelltown). Board meetings are either face-to-face or via teleconference.

More information about Flourish can be found on our website,

For more information about this position or to lodge your Expression of Interest, please contact Flourish Chair, Harry Wilsdon on 0458 920 315 or hwilsdon[at] or Flourish Vice Chair, Amanda Street on 0417 604 125 or street.amanda1[at]

Expressions of Interest close on Friday 17 June 2016.

A Conversation With Mental Health Services

A conversation with Mental Health Services will be held on Thursday the 12th May (tomorrow!) at Eureka Clubhouse in Moonah.

Please find time in your busy schedules to attend this meeting to get an update on Mental Health Services’ South and to put forward any of your ideas and feedback.

Morning tea is provided and free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

Download a copy of the flyer for this event here.

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020

Suicide is a significant issue in Tasmania and across the nation. Every life lost to suicide comes at a high personal cost to families, friends and communities.

On Friday 11 March 2016, the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson released the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Tasmania 2016-2020. You can download a copy of the full document here.