ACT Mental Health Sector Update - 23 January 2020

In this newsletter we bring you a number of articles related to the bushfire and climate crisis, including government funding announcements; health, wellbeing and housing impacts; and what post-crisis mental health support services should look like. Note the Webinar listed under events on looking after your own wellbeing while working in times of crisis. There is evidence that mindfulness could help us unlearn fear. We have some interesting examples of what is happening in other jurisdictions including New Zealand’s child and youth wellbeing strategy and a powerful infographic on the importance of being trauma informed; also Queensland’s new mental wellbeing strategy and international learnings on gaining meaningful work for people with lived experience. From the US comes a study pertinent to the current raising Newstart campaign in Australia – how just $1 more could have saved so many lives. Locally, there is a new online resource for people with a disability and enrolments are now open for Term 1 at the ACT Recovery College – the list of courses is long! There is a new support group for family, friends and carers at the Adult Metal Health Unit (AMHU). Research is included on alcohol and depression; determining housing policies for people with mental illness; and on whether cardio or strength training is better for mental health. Finally an important article on improving trust in the NGO sector from ProBono Australia.

Our member spotlight this month is on the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre - formerly known as PANDSI

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