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Mental health campaigner, Mitch Wallis, to headline Back to Health Conference

Mental health campaigner, Mitch Wallis, to headline Back to Health Conference

Heatlhy North Coast is excited to announce that Mitch Wallis will deliver the Saturday evening keynote at the Healthy North Coast Back to Health conference in October. 

It’s difficult to find someone more passionate on the topic of mental health, and Mitch has an uncanny ability to cut through with audiences. He draws on his own lived experience and his clinical education to share actionable, relatable, and digestible insights.

Mitch is a leader in the wellbeing space with a lifelong mission to ‘change the way the world feels’. His goal is to transform the lives of 1 billion people to be more mentally healthy.

An accomplished keynote speaker, having delivered talks to companies like Amazon, American Express and Salesforce, Mitch has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and more than 20-plus years of lived experience with mental ill-health.

Mitch has been an advisor to the United Nations on youth mental health and was named a Man of Impact by GQ. He was appointed the first-ever ambassador for the Australia & New Zealand Mental Health Association and is currently an expert advisor to the Corporate Mental Health Alliance.

Conference details:

Book your tickets now for a Healthy North Coast conference package. Or, you can choose just the gala dinner on Saturday, 22 October, to hear Mitch Wallis’ story and his top 10 tips for maintaining mental wellness. Enjoy a night of socialising with conference delegates and a two-course dinner before hitting the dance floor with tunes from The Matty Devitt Band.

Back to Health is an immersive 3-day CPD conference to reignite your passion for preventive health, shifting from reactive to proactive care.

View the full 3-day conference program and book your spot today.

Tuning in to Kids

Tuning in to Kids

The Tuning in to Kids sessions focus on the emotional connection between parents and children.  In particular it teaches parents skills in emotion coaching, which is to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting, supportive way.  Children with good emotional intelligence often have better emotional and social skills, as well as fewer behavioural difficulties.

Tuning in to Kids teaches parents:

  • Awareness and regulation of their own emotions
  • Awareness of the child/ren’s emotions
  • How to respond appropriately to their child/ren’s emotions

Starting Wednesday 19 October until Wednesday 23 November (six sessions)at 73 Magellan Street, Lismore (upstairs)  10am to 12.30pm

Morning tea provided.  Registrations required – phone Family Support Network 6621 2489

Supporting Children Through change parenting sessions

Supporting Children Through change parenting sessions

As part of the Seasons for Growth program, Mackillop Services are running online sessions for parents and carers who would like to understand more about supporting children through change, loss and uncertainty.

These sessions are designed for parents and carers to discuss helpful ways to support children and young people following natural disaster.

They can expect to cover the following:

• Consider the range of impacts that recent events are having on us all

• Explore ways of managing reactions of young people

• Hear about some creative ways of providing support

• Discuss how we can also support ourselves

Online sessions Thursday September  15, 1.30pm to 2.30pm and Thursday September 22, 7pm to 8pm

Click here to register

Healing Pathways’ 10 week program starts soon.

Healing Pathways’ 10 week program starts soon.

Heartfelt House is holding Healing Pathways for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse.

Healing Pathways next 10-week program in Lismore is starting soon – Thursdays, October 13 to December 15 from 10.30am to 12.30 pm

The group sessions run for 10 weeks and will meet at the Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre.

Please see the attached document for more information.

For inquiries phone: 6628 8960. Email: [email protected] and check out the facebook page: Heartfelt House

Mental health campaigner, Mitch Wallis, to headline Back to Health Conference

Lismore Head to Health broadens community support with new opening hours

Lismore’s Head to Health Hub has extended its opening times, now open after-hours and on weekends, making it even easier for local residents to access mental health support.

Located at the Lismore Health Precinct at Southern Cross University, the Lismore Head to Health hub is now open Monday-Friday 10am to 8pm and Saturday-Sunday 12 noon to 8pm.

Funded by Healthy North Coast through the PHN Program, Head to Health offers free mental health support both in-person and over the phone.

Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess said Head to Health was a welcoming entry point for engagement, assessment and treatment for people seeking mental health advice and support.

‘With all that has been thrown at our community over the past two years, there’s no shame in saying you’re feeling overwhelmed or just want to talk things through,’ Ms Sturgess said.

‘It’s really important that we prioritise our mental health and wellbeing and reach out if we need help.’

Healthy North Coast has recently commissioned local provider Open Minds to provide the in-person Lismore Head to Health service for those aged 18 and over. Referrals are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

The free helpline on 1800 595 212 is open to all ages and operates weekdays from 8.30am-5pm.

‘Head to Health is free and can connect you to the right mental health information, counselling and services to suit your needs. I really hope people take that first step rather than push their concerns aside,’ said Ms Sturgess.

For more information, free call 1800 595 212 or visit https://hnc.org.au/head-to-health-helpline.

The Lismore Head to Hub is located at the Lismore Health Precinct, Southern Cross University Health Clinic, P Block North, Rifle Range Road, East Lismore.

Head to Health is not an emergency service. For 24/7 emergency support, call:

• 24hr Mental Health Line — 1800 011 511

• Lifeline — 13 11 14

• Beyond Blue — 1300 224 636

• For children under 12 years: Kids Helpline — 1800 551 800

In an emergency, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Heartfelt House is holding Healing Pathways

Heartfelt House is holding Healing Pathways

Heartfelt House is holding Healing Pathways for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse.

The group sessions run for 10 weeks and will meet at the Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre.

Please see the attached document for more information.

For inquiries phone: 6628 8960. Email: [email protected] and check out the facebook page: Heartfelt House

Workshops to improve Northern Rivers mental health and alcohol and other drugs services

Workshops to improve Northern Rivers mental health and alcohol and other drugs services

Healthy North Coast is holding workshops to help improve the design and delivery of mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services in our region.

The workshops, being held with our local health partners, the North Coast community and health care providers, are part of a new reform project for mental health, suicide prevention and AOD services.

Data from the Healthy North Coast 2022-25 Health Needs Assessment and other sources shows us that we need to do things differently to meet the needs of our community. To find out more, visit the reform project webpage today.

Thanks to those who participated in the Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie workshops. There’s still time to join tomorrow’s Grafton session or Tweed (Thursday, September 1) and Lismore (Friday, September 2). If you can attend, click here to register now.

You’ll be joining professional colleagues, service providers, community groups, people with lived experience and carers to help improve health outcomes for our community.

We know not everyone will be able to make it to one of the workshops, to be held in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Grafton, Tweed Heads and Lismore. So, we’re planning follow-up sessions for GPs and mental health clinicians to ensure all voices can be heard as part of the reform process.

Four Safe Haven sites are now operating across our Northern NSW

Four Safe Haven sites are now operating across our Northern NSW

Four Safe Haven sites are now operating across our Northern NSW region — Woodburn, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah. Open 12 — 6pm every day. Drop-ins encouraged, no appointment necessary.

Safe Haven hubs were established in July 2022 to provide a welcoming, caring environment for people needing mental health support. Safe Haven clinicians and peer support workers are available on-site to provide free immediate care if a person is in distress. Local residents are also encouraged to simply drop-in for a cuppa and a chat with the friendly Safe Haven staff.

The recent floods have affected everyone in our community, not only people directly dealing with loss of property or possessions. Safe Haven hubs are for all of us — by visiting a Safe Haven, you’ll be able to get advice, information, and connect with people who care.

If you need urgent help and can’t access one of the Safe Haven North Coast hubs, please call one of the available 24/7 helplines.

If you are in distress and Safe Haven is not open, you can contact the following numbers

Walking the Talk – youth and health organisations

Walking the Talk – youth and health organisations

Workshops to improve Northern Rivers mental health and alcohol and other drugs services

Healthy North Coast invites you to participate in reform of AOD services

Health North Coast is looking for community input to improve the design and delivery of mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services in the region.

Healthy North Coast is working with local health partners, the North Coast community and health care providers on a new reform project for mental health, suicide prevention and AOD services.

Data from the Healthy North Coast 2022-25 Health Needs Assessment and other sources shows us that we need to do things differently to meet the needs of our community. Together, we can make the change that makes peoples’ lives better!

To find out more, visit our reform project webpage today.

Participate in an upcoming workshop

Join your health professional colleagues, services providers, community groups, and people with lived experience and carers at one of 5 workshops being held in the last week of August — Tweed Heads, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

Having a voice in the early stages of the reform process will be your chance to change the future for the better.

To register CLICK HERE

Healthy North Coast webinar series explores a week of men’s health

Healthy North Coast webinar series explores a week of men’s health

Healthy North Coast is discussing men’s health over five days of informative lunchtime webinars this August.

Join us over five days from 1:15pm – 1:55pm when five different speakers will talk five different health concerns for men. Click here to register for the series — you only need to register once and we’ll send you the links to join the webinars that interest you.

Short, sharp and informative, we invite you to grab some lunch and learn more about these important men’s health issues.

YOU CAN REGISTER HERE.

Click on the dates below to find out more about each session and speakers.

Helping children recover from natural disasters – Birdie and the Flood

Helping children recover from natural disasters – Birdie and the Flood

Birdie’s Tree is a suite of resources to help children prepare for, cope with and recover from a natural disaster or disruptive event.

Birdie’s Tree particularly helps support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of:
• expectant and new parents
• babies
• preschool-age children
• children in early primary school
• parents, families, educators and other carers for young children.

Most Birdie’s Tree resources are available for free. Go to https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/natural-disaster- recovery/ or just search ‘Birdie’s Tree’

Children might recognise their own experiences in the storybook ‘Birdie and the Flood’. Heavy rain breaks Birdie’s nest, leaving her sad and worried, but friends help rebuild Birdie’s nest and clean up Mr Frog’s pond, so they can feel safe and happy again.

You might like to download the ‘Fun with Birdie’ activity book, or watch ‘Relaxing with Birdie’, a soothing mindful movement routine for kids of all ages. An animation of Birdie and the Virus is available, along with a hand-washing song.

Birdie’s Tree has been designed by the multidisciplinary team at the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, Children’s Health Queensland. Check out the website at Birdie’s Tree – Growing together through natural disasters | CHQ (health.qld.gov.au) or email [email protected]. Beautiful print copies are available for $10

From the website, you can read nine Birdie storybooks on a computer, tablet or mobile phone, some in multiple languages:

• Birdie and the Flood

• Birdie and the Cyclone

• Birdie and the Fire

• Birdie and the Earthquake

• Birdie and the Drought

• Birdie and the Very Hot Day

• Birdie and the Big Sickness

• Birdie and the Virus

• Birdie and the Storm

Two more books are coming soon: Birdie and the Shelter, and Birdie and the Big Freeze.

An Auslan translation of Birdie and the Big Sickness is accessible on YouTube. Conversational readings of Birdie and the Drought, Birdie and the Fire, Birdie and the Virus, Birdie and the Flood and Birdie and the Very Hot Day are also available on YouTube.