Welcome to Anglicare’s Connecting with Community Online Expo!
Mental Health Week 2020 #MHW2020
No matter who you are, where you are or what role you play in mental health the Anglicare Connecting with Community Online Expo is for you!
The aim of this Expo is to inspire, inform and connect. It’s a great opportunity for organisations, mental health professionals, allied health professionals and the community to connect and talk about what their role is in mental health and how that assists the wider community.
Dr. Chris Jones, Anglicare CEO
Chris welcomes everyone to the Anglicare 2020 Mental Health Week Expo and talks about how Anglicare helped it’s own staff and the community to focus on mental health and wellbeing during these challenging COVID times.
Connie Digolis, Mental Health Council of Tasmania CEO
In Connie Digolis’ keynote address for Mental Health Week 2020, she discusses:
- the role of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania
- how business and organisations can support and maintain mentally healthy workplaces
- why self-care is important for employees
- top 3 tips for maintaining a good personal mental health
- the MHCT #checkin website.
Risky Business! Survival Skills for Working with Young People - Phil Nunn
This 2-hour Webinar delivered by Phil Nunn explores “real world” strategies to engage and support young people, with high-risk behaviours, including those who self-harm and/or have suicidal ideation.
The importance of self-care strategies for workers and volunteers is emphasized.
Phil Nunn is a psychologist, counsellor and educator with over 25 years’ experience working primarily with marginalised and ‘at risk’ young people. Phil teaches courses in communication and counselling skills and provides specialised training about mental health issues; self-harm and suicide risk assessment, substance use/abuse, Autism and ADHD.
This webinar was delivered to Anglicare Tasmania staff in Devonport.
Jonathan Turk, Service Development Coordinator, Financial Counselling
In Jonathan’s keynote address for Mental Health Week 2020, he discusses:
- why financial wellbeing is important to being financially and socially included
- how COVID-19 has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of Tasmanians
- how COVID-19, lock-down and quarantine has impacted people’s work
- the top 3 tips for building financial resilience.
In this video series, we speak with Anglicare Tasmania employees to find out what they love about their role, why mental health awareness is important and how they manage their own mental health during challenging times.
Stephanie Donovan, Aboriginal Designated Practitioner
In this episode of “Who’s on the purple couch?”, we sit down with Stephanie Donovan to discuss her role as an Aboriginal designated practitioner for Child Youth and Mental Health and what working with Anglicare means to Stephanie.
AJ, Taz Kids Clubs and Camps
In this episode of “Who’s on the purple couch?”, we sit down with AJ to discuss to role of Taz Kids and what it’s like working with young carers who help others with mental health issues.
Tina Johnston, Financial Counsellor
In this episode of “Who’s on the purple couch?”, we sit down with Tina Johnston to discuss the role of a Financial Counsellor and the benefits of financial counselling on mental health.
Edward Costello, Addictions and Mental Health Practitioner
In this episode of “Who’s on the purple couch?”, we sit down with Edward Costello to discuss the role of an Alcohol and Other Drugs counsellor and how alcohol and other drugs impact mental health.
Jade Rhodes, Child and Youth Mental Health Practitioner
In this episode of “Who’s on the purple couch?”, we sit down with Jade Rhodes to discuss what it’s like working with young people and youth mental health.
Lisa Russell, Youth Practitioner Supported Youth Program
In this episode of “Who’s on the purple couch?”, we sit down with Lisa Russell to discuss the role of positive mental health in the workplace and the importance of R U Ok Day.
Georgie Mulligan, Community Engagement Coordinator
In today’s episode of “Who’s on the purple couch?”, we sit down with Georgie Mulligan to discuss the importance of the Community Engagement Coordinator role, how she works to connect Anglicare and the people she works with to the local community and why this connection is so important.
- Joining a community group can help provide a sense of belonging and social connectedness to everyday life.
- Take care of you first! Practising self-care in a way that works for you, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle be eating well and getting enough exercise and sleep can improve your overall mental health.
- Early intervention can improve your long term wellbeing.
- Start a conversation around mental health, you don’t need to be an expert to talk to someone who isn’t going so well and be reassured you will not make things worse.
- Don’t let debt and financial stress build up, speak with a financial counsellor around your options to reduce debt today.
Positive mental health is an important thing to have in our lives. There’s a lot we can do to promote positive mental health and improve our overall wellbeing, beginning with an understanding of what it means to have positive mental health.
These quizzes are just for you, so don’t worry – your results are completely private. No-one but you has access to your results, so be honest and don’t hold back.
Each Quiz should take you around five minutes to complete, so set aside some time to focus and give this quiz your full attention, if you can.
Please note: Our quizzes are not meant to diagnose, but rather to help you understand more about mental health and wellbeing.
Mental health resource hub
Correct mental health information can be difficult to find and navigate. But support can be found in many places, including the resources below.
Learning about mental health, either for yourself or others, is a great way to ensure that you’re informed, ready and able to #checkin with friends and colleagues around their mental health. Knowledge is power and ensuring mental health is talked about in the community encourages that power to grow.
Online - The RecoveryHub & Project positive
The RecoveryHub is an online self-help tool to provide self-guided programs to assist people to develop skills and broaden their knowledge base to improve health and wellbeing.
There are a range of programs providing online support for many of life’s challenges such as:
- Planning a healthy lifestyle
- Building hope and self-esteem
- Feeling down
- Feeling worried or stressed
- Money problems
- Family, friends, relationships
- Managing emotional health & wellbeing
- Kicking Drugs &/or Alcohol
- Kicking Gambling
- Quit smoking
Project Positive began as a project that three girls, Grace, Mikayla & Taylah, decided to start to boost the self-confidence and self-esteem of peers, prevent negativity and encourage positivity and ‘feeling good.’
The Project Positive blog is a place where teens can confidently and anonymously open up about their feelings or problems, get some advice, share a secret or confess something, or just talk to someone and/or have somebody there for them.
Community - Head to health & QLife
If you’re trying to improve your own mental health, or support somebody else with mental health issues, Head to Health provides links to trusted Australian online and phone supports, resources and treatment options.
Being part of a community can have a positive effect on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Community involvement provides a sense of belonging and social connectedness. It can also offer extra meaning and purpose to everyday life.
Communities can exist or be created from a shared location, hobbies, lived experiences and backgrounds, or a common cause. For many people, communicating with others – through online forums, social media, or in person – can help them to have a healthier mindset, improved self-worth, and greater enjoyment of life.
The QLife website provides information and resources for LGBTI individuals and their friends and family.
Once of these resources is Qlife’s referral database – a place where you can find a range of services and information throughout Australia, to help LGBTI people of all ages from crisis support, to event, festivals, health, mental health, sexual health, legal and so much more.
The website also provides information and links to Qlife’s phone and web chat support service.
Call QLife on 1800 184 527
Web chat is available from 3.00pm to 12.00am.
Mindfulness - Smiling Mind & Mindful: healthy mind, healthy life
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgement.
Smiling Mind is a great resource to learn about mindfulness and meditation in plain English, there’s even an app to download to keep your calm with you on the go!
The Smiling Mind website features ways to:
- Reduce worries, anxiety and distress
- Create a sense of calm
- Learn how to relax and regulate emotions
- Improve concentration and increased productivity
- Develop a sense of empathy and connectedness
- Enjoy better health and sleep.
What are mindfulness and meditation?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
There’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodelling the physical structure of your brain.
The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.
Meanwhile meditation is exploring. It’s not a fixed destination. Your head doesn’t become vacuumed free of thought, utterly undistracted.
Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.
Exercise - Yoga
Yoga and it’s benefits for mental health.
In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise, originating in ancient India it can be a fantastic way to stretch and de-stress your body. There has been evidence to suggest that yoga is a potent anti-depressant that matches with drugs.
Child’s pose, Warrior One, Triangle Pose and Downward Dog. One may experience these positions while going through the motions in a yoga session.
But what are the benefits of yoga?
- Yoga improves joint and muscular flexibility, which is imperative for the body’s overall health. Enhanced joint and muscle suppleness translates to greater range of motion, which in turn, decreases the chance of an overuse injury.
- It increases endurance, strength, and flexibility.
- Yoga teaches deep, mindful breathing, self-awareness, meditation and connecting with our bodies, all of which are helpful tools for promoting mental/emotional well-being.
- Mental endurance and physical stamina are tested through holding postures for extended breaths.
- No matter what ails your aching body, or if you just want to take your fitness to a higher level, power yoga’s ability to build muscle has an undeniable effect on the total body.
How to get started with yoga?
Apps - Stop, Breathe and Think & Relax Melodies
Part of the ReachOut Service the Stop, Breathe and Think App is designed to help you be more mindful and compassionate using a meditation guide. You can check in daily, track your progress, and feel more calm.
Having trouble unwinding & falling asleep? We get you, and we’ve got you. Sleep to your own beat with Relax Melodies.
Tune-out stress, anxiety & fall asleep easily. Mix endless sounds & music, countless meditations, and shelves of stories with our smart technology.
Quiz - 5 ways to wellbeing & 5 love languages
5 Ways to Wellbeing introduces you to five simple and effective ways to improve your psychological and emotional health that are based on extensive international research. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body for your overall wellbeing. Like physical fitness, you can strengthen your psychological health in lots of small day-to-day ways. This will help you live a happier and a longer life as well as help you to cope with stress.
The questions within this quiz will indicate your current state of overall wellbeing. Answer the questions in the order that they appear. You can then work out your overall wellbeing score and see what it means.
Discover the secret that has helped millions of people strengthen and improve their relationships, one language at a time.
The 5 Love Languages quiz presents a simple truth: relationships grow better when we understand each other. Everyone gives and receives love differently, but with a little insight into these differences, we can be confidently equipped to communicate love well.
This is true for all forms of relationship – for married or dating couples, for children and teenagers, for friends and coworkers, for long-distance relationships, for those brand-new loves and for the romances that are older than the hills.
Music - Inc. top 10 & Goodnet
“Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent!”
“Sure to both stir your soul and calm your nervous system.”
Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.
So here’s a science-backed one: make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth.
Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one’s health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health conditions.
Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck.
Upbeat music is stronger than coffee!
It’s rhythmic, fun, and gets you singing and dancing yourself out of a bad day!
If you’re looking for some really happy tunes and the story behind them to lift your day and even get you moving to the beat in your living room, you’re in good hands with Goodnet’s happy video playlist.
Virtual exhibitors (North West community)
Below are our virtual exhibitors. These organisations offer support across multiple areas including mental health, alcohol and drug issues, domestic violence and more. Check out how Anglicare and our virtual exhibitors can further your mental health knowledge, assist in times of crisis and provide support to ensure we all experience a fullness of life.
Advocacy Tasmania is a free, independent, client-directed and issue-based service funded by the federal and State Government. We work with older people, people living with a disability or mental health issues and people who use alcohol and drugs.
We also operate the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Hotline. At Advocacy Tasmania, we promote and defend our clients rights, needs and interest through “Your Say “advocacy.
During the Mental Health Expo, Advocacy Tasmania can deliver one or more information sessions about our services or on a specific topic such as Disability Royal Commission and Human Rights.
What is Baptcare Mental Health TasConnect? Do you or a loved one experience mental health concerns and find it difficult to get the right support? Baptcare Mental Health TasConnect is a Tasmania-wide phone line – offering you a gateway to a range of mental health support services.
Our focus is to find you the right mental health support provider, and connect you with this service.
Care Forward is a local Tasmanian company. We have the privilege to support people 65 years and over (or 50 years old if you identify as aboriginal) in our community to make them feel safe and well at home. We have a truly unique, innovative model providing independent clinically led care coordination.
Our in house services, coordinators and health professionals are complemented by over 50 other subcontracted service providers, businesses and individuals. This enables us to provide you with access to a huge variety of service types across Tasmania. We have local teams, with offices and Wellness Centres in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.
Our Devonport office also has Social Workers on staff that are available if you need someone to talk to, need ongoing support or want to discuss referrals and/or advocacy options.
Centrelink (Service Australia)
We all experience challenging emotional issues at different times and we can’t always deal with these on our own. If you feel you need help and it’s not an emergency, it’s best to see your doctor. At Services Australia, we deliver government payments and services including mental health care and Medicare.
If your doctor bulk bills, we’ll cover the cost of the appointment. If you pay the full cost, you can make a claim for the amount we cover. Your doctor can also make a claim on your behalf.
When you see your doctor, they’ll assess what help you need. This could include:
- making a mental health assessment
- creating a mental health treatment plan
- referring you to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional
- giving you a prescription for medicines to treat depression or anxiety.
If you have a mental health disorder, you and your doctor can create a plan to treat it. Your mental health treatment plan will have goals agreed by you and your doctor. It’ll also have:
- treatment options
- support services available.
Keep in mind your health information and treatment plan will be private. Doctors can’t share your information unless you agree to it.
A mental health treatment plan lets you claim up to 10 sessions with a mental health professional each calendar year. To start with, your doctor or psychiatrist will refer you for up to 6 sessions at a time. If you need more, they can refer you for further sessions. Health professionals set their own fees, so we may only cover some of the cost. Ask how much you’ll pay and what you’ll get back from us when you make your appointment. If they bulk bill, you won’t have to pay anything. If you have private health insurance, you may be able to get some money back. You can check with your insurer.
Drug Education Network (DEN)
The Drug Education Network (DEN) neither condones nor condemns the use of drugs. Rather, we acknowledge that drug use exists irrespective of legal status or societal norms.
DEN provides community members with the resources, information and connections they need to keep themselves and their community safer in relation to their individual circumstances. Our goal is to meet people where they are and encourage open dialogue that empowers the individual to be the primary agent of their own physical, mental, and emotional well being.
DEN is funded to improve the well-being of Tasmanian’s through prevention, resource development, education and training to service providers and the wider community on alcohol and other drugs. Through its Vision and Values, DEN delivers high quality services and programs in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.
Engender Equality is a service that offers counselling for people who are, or have been, affected by family violence.
Family violence is the leading cause of mental health challenges for women between the ages of 18 and 44. These challenges can include trauma, suicidal thoughts, trouble sleeping, anxiety and a loss of self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and identity. Engender Equality offers counselling around these experiences within the context of family violence.
Tips for maintaining good mental health:
- Do things you enjoy
- Spend time with people you like
- Be nice to animals
More than 75 per cent of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25. And yet, many traditional services aren’t equipped to address the unique barriers that young people face to accessing mental health support.
headspace began in 2006 to address this critical gap, by providing tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 – 25 year olds. With a focus on early intervention, we work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.
headspace Devonport is open Monday – Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm, and Tuesdays from 12.00pm – 5.00pm.
If you are feeling anxious or stressed, having problems with bullying, family or friends, having issues with a romantic relationship, anger or depression, or simply not feeling yourself, we’re here to listen and help.
You don’t need a referral for headspace, simply jump onto the website and fill in the application form and we will be in touch with you in a few days.
Kentish Regional Clinic
Kentish Regional Clinic Inc. is based in Sheffield, Tasmania. We run three different programs: Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES), LGBTIQ+ Professional Development and Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
CORES is a community based program which educates members of the local community on how to intervene when they encounter a person they believe may be suicidal. The training is designed to provide individuals and communities with the essential skills and resources required to identify and respond to a person at risk of suicide and build on a communities capacity to eliminate suicide.
LGBTIQ+ Professional Development is a community training program for community members, service providers and professionals. The training is designed to provide individuals and communities with the knowledge and skill set to offer an inclusive and welcoming service for LGBTIQ+ people, while having a deeper understanding and confidence in working with LGBTIQ+ people.
HIPPY is a 2 year home based early learning and parenting program that empowers parents and carers as their child’s first teacher. HIPPY helps children make a successful transition to school.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) allows Australians with a permanent and significant disability the freedom to choose the life they want to live. The scheme helps people with disability to access the supports right for them as well as assisting in building their skills to actively participate in their community.
The NDIS ensures peace of mind for families and carers – knowing their loved ones are given the support and capacity to lead an ordinary life on their terms.
NDIS Partner in the Community
Mission Australia is fully committed to our role as an NDIS Partner in the Community delivering Local Area Coordination and/or Early Childhood Early Intervention services.
Local Area Coordination (LAC) services
Local Area Coordinators work with people with disability and their families. The LAC can help you to understand and access the NDIS and link you to information and support in your community. LACs have three key roles:
- Link you to the NDIS
- Link you to information and support in the community, and
- Work with your local community to make sure it is more welcoming and inclusive for people with disability.
If you are eligible for NDIS funded supports we can help you to: create your first plan; put your NDIS plan into action; and review your plan.
Rural Health Tasmania
Rural Health Tasmania Inc. was developed as a means to responding to unmet health and wellbeing needs of the community.
Since then we have expanded our health and wellbeing services to Circular Head, Waratah/Wynyard, West Coast, King Island, Ulverstone, Devonport, Burnie and Kentish communities.
We focus our programs and services on a range of chronic conditions and health and well-being issues identified as social determinants of health within the community.
Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) Promotion & Education
The Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) is a free service supporting those in the community experiencing a severe mental illness by connecting them with a Mental Health Nurse who will assist with coordinating services and supports.
Tasmanian Council for AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD)
The Tasmanian Council for AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD) is the Tasmanian peak for people living with a Blood Borne virus (BBV). TasCAHRD has several programs:
Bloodwise provides training on BBV, stigma and discrimination, supporting the mental health of people living with a BBV by creating a more understanding society.
Red Thread produces health promotion campaigns, the Red Thread magazine and socials which all provide information to support physical, mental and social wellbeing.
TasPPL supports people living with a BBV, providing support, information, advocacy and capacity building. TasPPL program workers support client’s mental health by providing face to face and online support and social events. This reduces isolation, increases connection and the capacity of clients to support their own mental, physical and emotional well-being.
We’d like to share with you 3 tips for maintaining mental health:
- Be gentle on yourself, make sure you eat, sleep, move, rest and set boundaries
- Tap into support, including professional services, family and friends, medication, and online tools and strategies
- Do the things that lift you like music, dance, connections with friends, family, pets, nature, creativity or random acts of kindness.
Working It Out (WIO)
WIO is Tasmania’s only dedicated LGBTIQ+ support, advocacy and education service.
WIO emerged out of the campaign to decriminalise male homosexuality in Tasmanian in the 1990’s. The widespread community backlash against the decriminalisation led to a spike in suicides amongst young, gay Tasmanians.
A number of concerned community members and allies formed a group to address this growing problem, eventually commissioning a report. This report, Working It Out: A needs-based analysis of sexual minority youth in North West Tasmania, called for the provision of specialist services to support Tasmania’s LGBTIQ+ people and the organisation was thus born.
We have a key role in mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTIQ+ people and their families. In the hetero-, cis-and body-normative world that we live in, it is little wonder that mental illness, especially anxiety and depression, are more prevalent in LGBTIQ+ people.
We support people – the individuals, their families, and service providers – to understand that diverse sexuality, gender and or intersex status is a normal part of the diversity of life, and to understand how to accept, include and celebrate this diversity within their lives or practise.
Three tips for maintaining good mental health (in relation to being LGBTIQ+):
- Understand that you and your identity and feelings are valid.
- Seek support if you need help to affirm your identity.
- Find connection and a sense of belonging by connecting with community and people who love and accept you for who you are.
- Bonus tip – don’t read the comments!
Youth mental health
Good mental health is critical to the wellbeing and development of every child. Helping build resilience and positive self-esteem, good mental health will enable children to build respectful relationships as they grow.
A child's mental health is influenced by many things; family circumstances, friendship groups, school and life experience. While children of any age can experience mental health challenges, they are most at risk between 12 and 16 years. Below are resources related to the mental health of young people.
eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Tasmania and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.
Young people may contact eheadspace if they need advice, are worried about their mental health or are feeling isolated or alone. eheadspace can help with a broad range of issues like bullying, drug and alcohol issues, depression and anxiety, relationships, concerns about friends, fitting in and isolation. Speak with one of our qualified youth mental health professional today.
The Kids Helpline website provides information and resources for young people 5 – 25, parents, care givers and schools. The website provides information and links on how to access the Kids Helpline phone, email and online chat services.
You can chat with Kid Helpline about anything, anytime – what’s going on at home, stuff with friends, something at school or feeling angry, worried or sad. You don’t have to tell them your name if you don’t want to, or you can use a different name. The person you speak to will be safe, are friendly and really good at listening and helping. Because they care about you, they do listen carefully and take things seriously.
You can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
You can contact the Kids Helpline Webchat here 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
You can contact the Kids Helpline Email Counselling service here from 8.00am -10.00pm daily.
Suicide Call Back Service
If you need to talk to someone
The Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service providing 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who are affected by suicide.
You do not require a medical referral to initiate contact. This means you can access free professional counselling anywhere, at a time that is convenient to you. This service is especially suited to people who are geographically or emotionally isolated.
While you should always call 000 if it’s an emergency, we can help anyone who is affected by suicide, which includes:
- Anyone who is feeling suicidal
- Anyone who is worried about someone
- Anyone who is caring for someone who is feeling suicidal
- Anyone who has lost someone to suicide
- Health professionals supporting people who are affected by suicide.
Qlife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Qlife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country.
QLife’s services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia. QLife is continually working to be inclusive and respectful of diversity – they will always strive to ask about your identity, gender or relationship and will not assume that they already know.