Engaging Victorians through Mental Health Week16 October 2017
The MHCC was pleased to support this year’s Mental Health Week (8-14 October), an annual event that provides a range of opportunities for engaging and informing the Victorian community about mental health, and helping to overcome the stigma associated with mental illness.
Our team participated in a range of activities in support of this initiative, while raising awareness of who we are and the work that we do.
In the lead up to the week, Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr attended the opening of Mental Health Foundation Australia’s Mental Health Week Consumer Art Exhibition, and on 9 October, attended the official Mental Health Week launch event at Federation Square, where our team hosted an information stall and engaged consumers, carers, families and service staff about our role and functions.
Later in the week, our Senior Education and Engagement Officer Keir Saltmarsh attended the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium in Albury, where he presented on our work and the way in which complaints can help drive systemic change and improvements in services.
We ended the week by hosting an information stall at the Department of Health and Human Services’ mental health awareness market day event, where we engaged staff across the health and mental health sectors about our work in resolving complaints, safeguarding rights and improving services, and distributed our information materials on the mental health principles and making a complaint.
We encourage you to visit our social media sites to see our promotion of #MentalHealthWeek, which includes a series of posts on artwork created by people with lived experience, and the insightful messages they shared.
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Vivienne Courbet’s ‘Flying Free’ was curated by the MHCC at the Monash Health 2017 #MentalHealthWeek Consumer Art Exhibition.