Wellbeing Day is back!

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Wellbeing Day is back, and with a brand new website and online registration: http://wellbeingday.com.au/

It will be held on Saturday 7 May 2016 at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School (11 Ruthven St, Corinda, Brisbane). The day is about sharing information and strategies to improve the wellbeing of those of us with mental health challenges. Who should attend? Those of us experiencing mental health challenges, our supporters, those working in the mental health sector and anyone interested in joining the conversation about mental health and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome. There will be group presentations, discussions and a variety of smaller workshops. Hear personal stories and robust conversations about the appropriate community response to mental health challenges. There will be opportunities to learn from others and to share personal and community knowledge. Enjoy free massages and much more! All in an inclusive and safe environment.

There will also be presentations to individuals and organisations that have contributed significantly to a person’s community inclusion. These highlight that inclusion can happen in ordinary places and that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Registration fees have been set to make the day accessible and affordable. They help meet some of the unavoidable costs of staging the event (which is largely run and presented by volunteers).

For those coming from outside Brisbane, the Qld Mental Health Commission has provided funding to assist with travel and accommodation. If you’d like to access this funding, please email liz@aplacetobelong.org.au by Friday 18 March 2016.

For enquires about registration please email CRichmond@anglicaresq.org.au. Places are limited and they always fill fast!

For more information about event, visit the official Wellbeing Day website: http://wellbeingday.com.au/ 

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A Place to Belong

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Building communities in mental healthA Place to Belong is a small organisation working to build inclusion for people who experience mental health challenges.

We do this by encouraging and developing the capacity of the community to welcome and include others.

Our vision is to facilitate inclusive community through building networks of contact and friendship, so that people who have been marginalised can experience inclusion, acceptance, friendship and respect.

We are constantly searching for community-minded people who want to be committed to including others in their lives. We aim to inspire and enable these threads of connection, camaraderie and friendship.

If you would like to explore the possibility of offering friendship to others who are excluded and are struggling to find their place to belong, contact us.

If you have any insights to share about how belonging and inclusion can be developed or facilitated for people please share these with us, contact us.

The most precious resource we have for coping with life in an unstable, discontinuous and revolutionary world is not information but each other. (Hugh Mackay)

Finding People to Be There

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New print run!

A resource for people who want to assist in the facilitation of someone’s belonging. It contains some of the story of A Place to Belong, some relevant literature about belonging and a range of models and strategies that anyone can use.

Written in 2002 by Neil Barringham, Manager of A Place to Belong.

Read a sample chapter from Finding People to Be There.

Contact A Place to Belong to purchase this publication (Cost $20).

Sunday workshop

Date: Sunday 10 April 2016             PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE!

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Topic: ‘Our Dreams for Mental Health’

For the past year, a small group has been meeting regularly to share and write about their experiences of mental health inpatient care. Marianne Wyder will lead our discussion and participants will present their ideas and writing. There will be an opportunity for us to listen, discuss our experiences, contribute to the story and learn from each other. The group is planning to publish their collective story in a nursing journal. This workshop will add to that story.

Venue: St Francis College, 233 Milton Road, Milton (next door to the XXXX Brewery and 100 metres from Milton Station – subway from station under Milton Road).

Entrance via Milton Road (city bound)  on Toowong side of the Brewery. Entrance from the city via Baroona Road between no. 25 and no. 29. Park in the grounds in Visitor Parking areas. Follow signs to Lecture Room 1.

  • We’ll hear stories, meet others, hear of upcoming events and enjoy afternoon tea.
  • Bring something to share if you can.
  • No RSVP required.
  • The workshop is free.

Questions? Call ‘A Place to Belong’ office 3217 2522

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Guiding Group

Date:    Thursday March 17 2016

Time:    5.00pm for dinner and a catch-up

6.00pm to 8.00pm for our main meeting

Venue: 69 Thomas Street, West End, Brisbane

Agenda:

  • Reviewing our mission and purpose
  • Discussing where we are heading together in 2016 and 2017
  • An update on Wellbeing Day
  • Looking at how we can increase participation in our work

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Sunday Workshop

Date: Sunday February 7 2016

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Topic: Weaving Inclusive Threads in our Neighbourhoods

Today we will hear some people share anecdotes and examples of very practical things they have done for themselves or others to work towards inclusion. We will listen, discuss and learn from these significant stories that are occurring right now in our localities.

Neil Barringham will facilitate the workshop. He will touch on strategy as well as values; on imagination and structure; on spontaneity as well as planning.

We’ll hear stories, meet others, hear of upcoming events and enjoy afternoon tea (bring something to share if you can).

No RSVP is required. The workshop is free.

Venue: Please note the new venue!

69 Thomas Street, West End (street parking available, 1 block from the 199 bus route on Vulture Street.

Questions? Call A Place to Belong office on 3217 2522.

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