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Mental Health Week 2015

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Mindscapes Festival 2015

ACT Mental Health Week 2015

MHCC ACT will soon launch its new website. In the meantime, we have created a new website for Mental Health Week ACT and Mindscapes 2015 where you can find the latest information about mental health week in the ACT.



“Mindscapes. A secret place we can all go to, full of dreams, vision, thoughts and words. Come and share yours”

 - Ralph Nelson 


Find out more about Mindscapes and become our friend at or follow us #Mindscapes 

The Mindscapes Mental Health Music and Arts Festival (Mindscapes Festival) is:

The Mindscapes Festival will include:

The aim of the Mindscapes Festival is to bring people with mental illness into the heart of four community events, at an individual level we aim to improve the general wellbeing of people living with a mental illness, at a broader community level we hope to increase public understanding of mental health issues and reduce the stigma surrounding what is a relatively common issue. Statistics suggest that one in five people living in Canberra will experience mental health issues at one or more times during their life (ABS).

The Mindscapes Festival has aims to promote the idea of mental illness being associated with community, joy and acceptance. It is a whole of community event, and centres on conveying serious messages about mental health in a fun and entertaining environment.  One of the key messages is that of Recovery and the belief that people with a mental illness can and do recover and go on to live fulfilling lives despite their experience of mental illness. 


Mindscapes Festival Poster

Mindscapes Festival 2014

Click here to download the Mindscapes Festival flyer!!


Mindscapes Festival Events 2014

Mindscapes Festival 2014!

Mindscapes Festival
Art & Photography Exhibition and Competition      
When: Thursday 2nd October 
Time: 5pm 
Where: Gallery@BCS Belconnen Community Centre

Poetry Evening                                                               
When: Thursday 2nd October 
Time: 6.30-8.30pm 
Where: Smiths Alternative Book Shop, Civic

Short Film Festival                                                         
When: Wednesday 8th October 
Time: 6pm 
Where: National Film and Sound Archive, Action

Mish Mash Variety Night                                             
When: Thursday 9th October 
Time: 6pm 
Where: ACT Rugby Union Club, Turner

Theatre Performance “Move – Speak – Act”          
When: Saturday 18th October 
Time: 7.30
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre

Click here to download the printable flyer 
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Mindscapes Festival and Belconnen Arts Centre Acting Course!

Mindscapes Festival and Belconnen Arts Centre Acting Course! 

In 2014 the Mindscapes Festival is delighted to present Move – Speak – Act in partnership with the Belconnen Arts Centre! Move – Speak - Act is an acting course for people who have a lived experience of mental health and people who care for someone with a lived experience of mental illness.  

At the end of the program a public performance will be held on the 18th October and is a feature of the Mindscapes Festival and ACT Mental Health week. 

Don’t worry if you have never acted before! All levels of ability are welcome!  The program will be looking at movement, voice, different styles of acting, devising original scenes for skits and play with scenes written by different playwrights. The program is open to ideas from participants about what they want to achieve during the process.

Please note that this is a theatre group, not a therapeutic group. The content of the scenes we create or rehearse will not be about mental illness, unless participants want them to be.

Move – Speak – Act will be led by Robin Davidson, artistic director of Changing Places, Dramatic Recovery, Out Of Our Minds, and Imperfectly Sane and Imperfectly Sane Too. 

This program is a result of an exciting partnership with the Mindscapes Festival and Belconnen Arts Centre through the Community Cultural Inclusion Program. 

To register please contact Ann McMahon at the Belconnen Arts Centre on (02) 6173 3320 or Email  Registrations essential. Keep an eye on the website for more information and in the future to access performance details. 
Click here to download the flyer!

Mindscapes Art and Photography Competition for 2014!

Welcome to the Mindscapes Art and Photography Competition for 2014! 

It’s time to get creative with your cameras, paint brushes, canvas or whatever your favourite medium may be for the Mindscapes Art and Photography exhibition! 

This year, the themes are “Celebrate”, “Connect” and “Grow”. Choose just one theme or all of them!
Guidelines for Entries
  • Exhibition open to photography and art work of any medium 
  • Entries can be submitted to Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen.

Click here to download the Mindscapes Art and Photography Competition entry form!
Closing date for entries is Wednesday 24th September 2014

Categories will include:
  • Open - anyone is able to enter into this category
  • Consumer and Carers - Mental Health Consumers and their Carers can enter 
  • Student - High School, College or Tertiary Students can enter this category if they choose (student number & name of school is required to enter this category).

The art and photography will be shortlisted by the Mindscapes committee. From the shortlisted art and photography a panel of judges will choose a Winner for each category. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

The art works will be exhibited at “gallery@bcs” Belconnen Community Centre from Thursday 2rd October until Friday 17th October to coincide with Mental Health Week. 

The special opening will be held at the "gallery@bcs" on Thursday 2rd October at in the Belconnen Community Centre.

For more info or to RSVP for the Opening please contact Kate Wells on 02 6264 0232 or email 

Mish Mash Variety Night 2014

Welcome to the Mindscapes Mish Mash Variety Night 2014! 

Mindscapes Festival
After the phenomenal success of the inaugural Mindscapes Mish Mash Variety Night in 2013, we’re bringing it back to present another awe inspired evening of arts and entertainment by a cross section of consumers, carers, amateurs, and professionals. Whether you’re a juggler, a joker, an actor, performance artist, a dancer, muso, magician or any other type of performer… We’d love to have you at the Mindscapes Mish Mash.  Performances should be between 5-7 mins (negotiable within reason). 

Guidelines for Submission:
  • Open to all types of performance (within reason)
  • Entries can be submitted as a hard copy via post or via email.
  • Closing date for entries is Wednesday 10th September 2014
  • Performance will be held during Mental Health Week on Thursday October 9th from 7-11pm at the RUC Turner (Turner Lawn Bowls Club on McPherson St), McCaughey St Turner  
  • NB any high risk acts (circus, sideshow etc) will need to provide and up to date certificate of Public Liability Insurance. 

This Variety Night is open to everyone. 

Mindscapes is hoping to document some of the performances for promotional use either in print or online. Please sign attached permission form. Please note that only a selection of performances submitted will be used. 
Click here to download the EOI for for the Mish Mash Variety Night 2014 
For more info please contact Ben Drysdale on 02 6264 0252, email 
Mindscapes Festival