ACT Mental Health Sector Update - 9 January 2020

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020! The normal new years greetings feel a bit hollow with the amount of devastation and loss which has been happening around us recently. Nevertheless the team at MHCC ACT hopes that 2020 unfolds with better news, health and happiness for everyone. We also encourage everyone to be especially mindful of the importance of community during these times and to remain vigilant around the safety and wellbeing of colleagues, neighbours, friends and family - and of course yourself! 

In this edition we provide some information and advice around the bushfire and climate crisis, including its impact on mental health, the government response to date, and NDIS participants and their families. Research links air pollution to increased depression and suicide – important information given recent events.  We shine the spotlight on our member organisation ADACAS in this newsletter. The latest NDIS provider survey shows that things are improving even if they still have some way to go. How can we reduce waste in healthcare – break down the silos and start talking! A new mental health program is being introduced to ACT Year 9 students in 2020. Read what the latest research is showing about the link between diet and mental health. National consultations are underway around using digital platforms to help improve access to mental health services and to develop a national anti-stigma strategy. A survey of charity staff found very few of them believed they had enough resources to meet demand. The recent ACTCOSS journal focuses on 2020 – are we where we should be?  We end the newsletter with three important tips for good mental health in 2020. MHCC ACT has a big program planned for 2020 and look forward to working with you to implement it. We start by inviting you to join our new Mid Career Mentoring Program!

Read the full newsletter here.