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Looking to hold an event that raises awareness of or funds for mental health? The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT wants to help you make this a reality.
These last 18 months have been a difficult time for Canberrans. Bushfires, floods, hail damage and COVID-19 and its associated hurdles have meant many are struggling.
So if you’re part of an organisation, community group, school, university or a faith-based group that would like to host an event during October for Mental Health Month ACT, you could score a reimbursement grant of up to $1000 from The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT).
Coordinated by the MHCC ACT, Mental Health Month aims to raise awareness of mental health and MHCC ACT wants other groups and organisations to get involved.
“Mental Health Month is about encouraging positive attitudes towards wellbeing and reducing the stigma around mental health and mental illness,” says MHCC ACT CEO Bec Cody.
“It is a time for the Canberra community to come together and look after the mental wellbeing of all.”
In previous years there have been up to 40 events run in the ACT across October as part of Mental Health Month and these grants will seek to ease the burden of holding such events in 2021.
This year’s Mental Health Month theme is ‘Navigate your mental health’.
“Knowing who to talk to, where to go, and what you can do in your own life to support positive mental health and wellbeing is so important to our overall wellbeing, as individuals and as a community,” says Bec Cody.
“Navigate your mental health is as much about learning how to look after our mental health, as it is about knowing how to navigate the mental health system.”
Grant applications are now open and will close Friday 18 June. Successful applications will “promote positive mental health [and] address the needs of our diverse Canberra community”.