Media Releases

  • NDIS ACT shutdown sees the vulnerable put at risk

    October 14, 2016


    Mental Health Australia, Community Mental Health Australia and the ACT Mental Health Community Coalition have today labeled news that the NDIS is now full as a “breach of trust”.

    ‘NDIS is a legislated rights-based program. Access to the NDIS is regulated by eligibility criteria and the concept of ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports. Capping the number of people who can access the NDIS is completely contrary to the intent of the NDIS Act and bilateral agreement,‘ said Simon Viereck, Executive Officer, Mental

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  • Mental Health Week is coming to Canberra

    September 29, 2016


    Wellbeing will take centre stage in Canberra during Mental Health Week 2016 with an incredible week of fun and engaging free events open to everyone.

    Mental Health Week ACT 2016 runs from Sunday 9 October – Saturday 15 October. The official calendar is now available and features over 25 events open to the public.

    The week-long event is celebrated annually in Australia and in over 100 countries to raise awareness of mental illness, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and promote

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  • Election candidates called on to pledge for mental health

    September 8, 2016

    This R U OK? Day, ACT’s peak body for community mental health has called on all candidates in the Legislative Assembly Election to make a pledge to improve the mental health of Canberrans

    Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) has asked all candidates to support a five-point pledge that addresses key areas of mental health including reduced suicide rates and improved employment opportunities for those living with mental illness.

    “Mental health is an issue that touches the lives of almost everyone

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  • Amanda Bresnan appointed as inaugural Executive Director of Community Mental Health Australia

    August 8, 2016

    From our colleagues at Community Mental Health Australia

    Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Bresnan as its inaugural Executive Director.

    CMHA is a coalition of the eight state and territory peak community mental health organisations, established to provide leadership and promote the benefits of community mental health and recovery services across Australia.

    The appointment of an Executive Director is a significant milestone that will substantially enhance CMHA’s ability to represent the community sector and work in

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  • Federal Election Candidates Talk Mental Health Policy

    June 20, 2016

    Liberal, Labor and Greens Party candidates in the Federal Election discussed their party’s policies on mental health in Canberra today, Monday 20 June 2016.

    “Mental health has been chronically underinvested in for many years,” said Christina Hobbs, ACT Senate candidate for The Greens. “Mental health accounts for 13% of the disease burden but receives less than 9% of Federal health funding. And we’re seeing the outcomes of that everywhere, obviously in the suicide rates which are really at crisis level at

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  • ACT Government to Fund Mental Health Recovery College

    June 7, 2016

    A new Mental Health Recovery College received funding in the ACT 2016-17 Budget released today. Sharing part of $725,000 allocated to mental health community programs, the funding will cover design of the college, which aims to support people with mental illness to achieve their goals, not just manage their symptoms.

    “We’re excited about this opportunity to change the focus from illness to education,” said Executive Officer Simon Viereck, Mental Health Community Coalition ACT.

Media contact:

Simon Viereck

Executive Officer

(02) 6249 7756