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October 2018

Penrith Mental Health Wellness Event

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Mondo, Penrith City Council, High St.
Penrith, New South Wales 2750 Australia
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Free

This free event is designed to bring the community together to talk about Mental Health matters, in a safe and fun way. There will be a range of services which support mental health well-being on the day, as well as a range of free activities such as rides, entertainers and, of course, food. The event will take place at the Mondo (outside Joan Sutherland Centre) at Penrith Plaza between 12pm-4pm on Thursday 4th October, 2018. The Penrith Mental Health Wellness…

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Mindfulness Pilates

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - October 26 @ 8:30 pm
Pilates Health Elite, Unit 27/105a Vanessa St
Kingsgrove, NSW 2208 Australia
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$5

Exercise and meditation is a great way to reduce stress. This October join Pilates Health Elite for a special Pilates and Mindfulness class designed to help you reduce stress, strengthen your body and improve flexibility. You will also walk away with daily tips and strategies on how to reduce stress and feel calmer during busy life. All welcome on Fridays in October for this special event class.

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Discover Life in Full Colour

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - November 26 @ 9:00 pm
Bowral Seventh-day Adventist Church, 182 Bowral Street
Bowral, NSW 2576 Australia
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Discover life in full colour with the Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program. Dr Nedley's program presents a holistic approach to treating depression and anxiety with almost 90% of participants experiencing significant improvement. This is an 8 week program with sessions every Monday evening from 7:00-9:00pm, 8 October to 26 November. Free information session 7:00pm 24 September. Phone or SMS 0481210121.

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Free Webinar – Psychology of Self-Control: Stop Binge Drinking

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
New South Wales Australia + Google Map
Free

Do you think you are a binge drinker but want to take control of your drinking? Do you feel that you simply can’t stop? Just don’t want fun to stop? Do you have a bit of FOMO and YOLO? Does ‘having a good time with mates’ leave you as the last man standing, and result in blackouts and embarrassing scenes, arguments with your partner and having to take the next day off work? Do the only fun times in your…

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First Response: Stress Less

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wallarah Bay Recreation Club Function Room, 40 Wallarah Road
Gorokan, NSW 2259 Australia
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Free

On October 10th (World Mental Health Day), Behind The Seen will presenting an opportunity to unwind for first responders,(paramedics, firefighters, police, rescue personnel) their family members and those who support their mental health. ( psychologists, doctors, social workers, mental health nurses, peer supporters, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, chaplains, support group facilitators, mental health advocates) This is a morning of stress less tips, inspirational insights and most importantly laughter! with two renowned speakers- Amanda Gore and Greg Van Borssum. It's FREE…

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Mental Health Seminar

October 13 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
$10

Speakers include - Cecilia Yu - Blacktown Hospital ● what is mental illness? ● stigma ● signs of mental illness ● social profile/types of mental illness ● what does the MH unit/service at Blacktown offer? ● what supports are available to help people? Paul Eisen - Beyondblue ● Sharing his Journey. Pam Neale-Justins – Baptist Care Depression and Anxiety ● Caring for self and others ‘in the midst’ ● Practical skills for living

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Mental Health Matters: A Lived Experience

October 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Join Terese Hayward, a Peer Ambassador with SANE, as she shares her lived experience of Bipolar Disorder and promotes mental health advocacy for people with complex mental conditions. Terese will talk about the reduction of stigma, suicide prevention and building resilience, in order to help others develop an greater understanding of mental health issues and encourage more people to feel safe to reach out for help. We invite anyone who wants to learn more about mental health, lived experience of…

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Free Webinar: Control your impulsive shopping and overspending

October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Webinar New South Wales Australia + Google Map
Free

Impulsive overspending often follows a pattern. You make your credit card work overtime. After maxing out one credit card you take on the second card to pay off the first one. When you see something you want, you feel entitled to buy it without carefully considering whether you need it. Your debt is growing, yet you become more and more impulsive with your purchases. As you spend, you focus on the possibility that one day someone will take care of…

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Mental Health Nook

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Foyer, 50 Missenden Rd, Camperdown
Sydney, NSW 2050 Australia
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Free

The nook will be an inviting booth where passersby can relax and learn about mental health care and mental health services. Another aim is to educate people on misconceptions about mental health (mythbusters). The public will have opportunity to play with sensory equipment and talk to mental health clinicians

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How do we help people struggling with hoarding behaviours?

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Collective Purpose, 501/80 William St
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011 Australia
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$5 - $10

This October, Wayahead is bringing international leading experts in how to support people living with hoarding disorder or clutter, Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky to Sydney from Massachusetts, USA. This public event is designed to help anyone who has ever wanted to understand more about why people collect too much stuff and what the best ways to help people struggling with hoarding behaviours are. Lee and Bec will discuss the latest research and also explain how stigma negatively impacts people…

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Understanding NSW Mental Health Services- FORUM

October 17
Blue Mountains Theatre and Community HUB, 104-108 Macquarie Road
Springwood, NSW 2777 Australia
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This Forum is for anyone in the community that would like a better understanding about Mental Health and service providers. What you can expect is workers from Flourish, Headspace, NSW Mental Health access teams, Black Dog representatives and more talking about their roles and service as well as peer support workers who will discuss their journeys and where they are now. There will be an hour for questions and answers and a delicious lunch will be provided.

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The state of mental health in NSW

October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Osher Günsberg will be hosting conversations about the state of mental health in NSW. Joining him will be special guests NSW Minister for Mental Health Hon Tanya Davies, NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey, NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Allan Sparkes and WayAhead CEO Elizabeth Priestley. Watch it on Wednesday 17 October at 5 pm, on Facebook Live by liking the WayAhead Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthnsw/

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Mental Health Nook

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Concord Repatriation General Hospital Foyer, Hospital Road, Concord
Sydney, NSW 2139 Australia
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Free

The nook will be an inviting booth where passersby can relax and learn about mental health care and mental health services. Another aim is to educate people on misconceptions about mental health (mythbusters). The public will have opportunity to play with sensory equipment and talk to mental health clinicians.

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Mad Pride

October 18 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Commune, 1/160 Rochford St, Erskineville
Sydney, New South Wales 2043 Australia
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Free

Mad Pride is an annual youth event our Speak Out program host during Mental Health Month in October. Mad Pride is a free event showcasing and celebrating the creative achievements, resilience and capacity of young people while breaking down the stigma that can be associated with mental health experiences. Mad Pride invites the whole community to celebrate young people and to encourage them to reach out during tough times. This year will be our 11th year of Mad Pride!

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Seminar

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lane Cove Library, Longueville Rd
Lane Cove, New South Wales 2066 Australia
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Free

Being mentally healthy is important. It is about being able to function well, having meaningful social connections, positive self-esteem and being able to cope with change. Come along to the free Seminar and hear from a range of guest speakers who will present latest research into the importance of exercise, fitness, healthy lifestyle for our mental health. Speakers will include: Snow Li, Project, Mental Health Respite, Your Side Philippa Boss, Coordinator Peer Worker - Primary Integrated Care Supports, One Door…

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Seminar

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lane Cove Library, Longueville Rd
Lane Cove, New South Wales 2066 Australia
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Free

Being mentally healthy is important. It is about being able to function well, have meaningful social connections, positive self-esteem and being able to cope with change. Council invites you to come along to the free Seminar and hear from a range of guest speakers who will present the latest research into the importance of exercise, fitness and healthy lifestyles for our mental health. Speakers will include: • Snow Li, Project Leader, Mental Health Respite, Your Side • Philippa Boss, Coordinator…

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Why We Care: Supporting Carers

October 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Free

Carers are the unsung heroes in our society, providing unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged. Anyone at anytime can become a carer. Australia’s 2.7 million carers make an enormous contribution to our communities, with their caring roles being valued at $60.3 billion annually – more than $1 billion per week. For many, however, caring is a…

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Contemporary perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Mental Health

October 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Collective Purpose, 501/80 William St
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011 Australia
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$5 - $10

Join Collective Purpose during Mental Health Month as we discuss the intersection of cultural diversity and mental health. The session will cover how diversity in cultures and backgrounds affect mental health related experiences and in turn how cultural diversity plays an important role for the recovery of someone experiencing mental ill health. This session will also discuss what mental health service providers need to consider when they work with people from a diverse range of cultures and who also have…

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Hope on the horizon for Indigenous youth mental health

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
MacLaurin Hall, Manning Road, University of Sydney
Camperdown, New South Wales 2006 Australia
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Free and open to all with online registrations required

Australians are taking the initiative with youth mental health and suicide, creating and leading strategies that are already making an enormous difference. Join us as a panel of community heroes discuss their approaches to tackling youth mental health challenges in the 21st century. Hear from a stellar panel featuring Joel Thompson (rugby league player and the Mindset Project), Mark Spinks (Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group), Professor Ian Hickie (Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney) and Brooke Boney (journalist).…

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Liverpool Living Library

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Liverpool Libary, 170 George St, Liverpool
Sydney, NSW 2170 Australia
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Free

Share the Journey at Liverpool Living Library and listen to community members sharing personal stories of mental health and wellbeing. Everybody has a unique experience to share.

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“Alternatives to Suicide” Inner West Launch

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Rd
Marrickville, NSW 2204 Australia
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Free

Off The Wall invites you to Alternatives to Suicide Inner West Launch Date: 24/10/2018, 2-5 pm Location: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville. Cost: Free We warmly invite you to the launch of the first Alternatives to Suicide group in Sydney’s Inner West. Come learn, connect, celebrate and Share The Journey with us! Alternatives to Suicide approach is a peer-based response to supporting people who have made suicidal attempts or who experience suicidal thoughts. It was developed in 2008…

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Joe Williams in Conversation – Penrith

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Club Paceway Penrith, 141-147 Station Street
Penrith, NSW 2750 Australia
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Join us for a special Mental Health Month event with Joe Williams, former footballer, boxer, Wiradjuri man, mental health advocate and author of ‘Defying the Enemy Within’. Hear from Joe as he openly shares his inspiring story of hope through adversity, addiction, personal battles with suicide and mental illness.

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Rethinking Mental Health Forum 5.0

October 31
UTS Aerial function centre,, Building 10 on Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo.
Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia
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$50

Created in 2014, Rethinking Mental Health provides a dynamic forum for health and community service providers to discuss mental health and wellbeing within the Central and Eastern Sydney region. This year, join us in exploring the latest innovations in service delivery that are reaching vulnerable communities, supporting integration and expanding how and where mental health services are delivered. Our effervescent MC Julie McCrossin returns to support another great Rethinking Mental Health forum, and our panel of expert speakers will be…

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Ageing with Purpose

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Juniors, 558A Anzac Parade Kingsford
Sydney, NSW 2032 Australia
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Free

Ageing with Purpose is a free public health initiative to promote healthy lifestyles in the older community by providing an awareness of strategies to reduce risk factors for psychological distress and memory disorders as we age. Presentations will highlight current research on ageing well and include strategies that can be incorporated into daily routines. Opening Address: Michael Still: Chairman, SESLHD Board Guest Speaker: Ita Buttrose AO OBE Followed by a panel discussion led by Ita Buttrose with exemplars of positive…

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Jo Williams in conversation – Lithgow

October 31 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Lithgow Workies Club, 3-7 Tank Street
Lithgow, NSW 2790 Australia
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Join us for a special Mental Health Month event with Joe Williams, former footballer, boxer, Wiradjuri man, mental health advocate and author of ‘Defying the Enemy Within’. Hear from Joe as he openly shares his inspiring story of hope through adversity, addiction, personal battles with suicide and mental illness.

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