Mental Health Week 2019

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By Anna Jeavons

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The MHCSA are excited to announce the program for Mental Health Week 2019, including a range of mindshare events both old and new!

Put these in your diary:

LUNCH IN THE SQUARE
Tuesday 8 October
11am-2pm
Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square, Adelaide
To launch Mental Health Week we will be hosting lunch in Victoria Square with activities, arts and crafts, games, music, Juan’s Paella and FREE SUNNY’S PIZZA. Everyone is invited to take a mental health break over lunch and celebrate the start of Mental Health Week. Bring your picnic rugs!

MHCSA LIVED EXPERIENCE AWARDS
Tuesday 8 October
Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square, Adelaide
The MHCSA Lived Experience Awards honours the incredible work undertaken in the mental health sector. These awards recognise the contribution of those with lived experience of mental illness to the community mental health sector within the MHCSA membership. Winners are announced at Lunch In The Square.

CARNIVAL IN THE NORTH
Wednesday 9 October
10am-1pm
John McVeity Centre
Carnival in the North is a free event held annually in October as part of Mental Health Week. This event showcases the skills and talents of people living with a mental illness while providing information and activities to raise community awareness of issues related to mental illness. Carnival in the North brings together community members and service providers across the Northern area in a day of fun and friendship, celebrating good mental health . This year the theme is “‘Planting the Seeds for Good Mental Health”.

FROM THE GROUND UP
Thursday 10 October
7.30am-10am
Civil Contractors Federation, 1 South Road, Thebarton
Register via safework.sa.gov.au
Join us for our annual free breakfast forum for those who work in the construction industry or trades and are keen to know about the latest in mental health on worksites. Hear from our guest speakers and Mates in Construction about what services are available to you.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST OF MEDS
Thursday 10 October
7pm-9pm
Rhino Room, Pirie Street
They say laughter is the best medicine, and this Mental Health Week we’re once again testing the tummy muscles with plenty of laughs! Join us at the Rhino Room for some Thursday night comedy with Adelaide’s leading and emerging comedians. What better way to celebrate World Mental Health Day! Head to mhcsa.org.au for the full lineup and to grab your tickets.

FESTIVAL OF NOW
Friday 11 October
10.30am-3pm
Wauwi/Light Square, Adelaide
In its seventh year the Festival of Now brings the mental health community together to showcase creativity used in the healing journey and break down misconceptions of mental illness. Attractions at the festival include free food, live music and performance, interactive wellbeing activities, arts and crafts, animals, face painting and more. Head on out to Light Square for this free event.

MINDSHARE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
Winners announced 11 October at the Festival of Now
mindshare delivers a creative writing competition every year, with winners announced at our annual Festival of Now. Entries are open to South Australians with a lived experience of mental illness. Categories cover both experienced and emerging writers and poets. Head to mindshare.org.au to enter.

MINDSHARE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10
3.30pm-5pm
South West Community Centre
In 2019, mindshare is partnering with Draw Your (S)words poetry and City of Adelaide to host two creative writing workshops! Poetry can be a powerful form of self-expression and is a great way to support your wellbeing this Mental Health Week. Learn new techniques and writing skills, explore your creativity and expand your creative community. All writing levels welcome. Light refreshments provided. Click here for more info and to register.

MINDSHARE EXHIBITION
Month of October
Adelaide City Library
Don’t miss your chance to check out the incredible artwork from South Australian artists living with mental illness. As part of their ongoing relationship with the MHCSA, Adelaide City Library will host artwork from NEAMI Arts and Living Arts throughout the month of October. Be sure to head to the City Library for a look.

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