Influencing the ACT mental health system’s response to women

WCHM works closely with the three ACT mental health community sector peak bodies—the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network, the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT and Carers ACT—to ensure inter-sectoral collaboration and co-ordination in the planning, provision and evaluation of women’s mental health services and programs.

The focus of this collaboration is on developing, improving and maintaining a full … Read more

Summer of Respect

Summer of Respect is a summer-long anti-sexual violence campaign, designed and run by WCHM and the Canberra Rape Crises Centre. The campaign begins in late October and continues until International Women’s Day on March 8. Summer of Respect is an opportunity—unique to and within the ACT—to deliver innovative anti-sexual violence initiatives sustained over five months of the year.

The overall … Read more

Women’s Safety Assessments

A women’s safety assessment is a process that involves women walking through a physical environment, evaluating how safe it feels, identifying ways to make the space safer, and using that feedback to highlight the need for those changes. It may involve assessment of a site before an event or self-assessment by attendees during an event, or the assessment of public … Read more

Young women with autoimmune disease(s) in the ACT

This is a scoping project to help identify the degree to which information, services and support are relevant to younger women living with autoimmune disease(s) in the ACT and whether there is a need for further research.

This project aims to gather insight and understanding into:

  • Young women’s knowledge and experience of pre-existing local programs, courses and services which are
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ACT Women and Mental Health Working Group (WMHWG)

The ACT Women and Mental Health Working Group (WMHWG) has been meeting since August 2007 and was formed to provide a regular forum in which women living with mental health issues and supportive service providers could come together and consider current issues. The group also develops and implements strategies to influence positive change.

The WMHWG meets bi-monthly and has a … Read more

Understanding Destructive Behaviour Part 1: The Fast Pace of Life

Warning: This post could trigger emotions or feelings that you may not expect. If you need to access support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to talk to someone.

There are much different destructive behaviour’s in life these days, binge drinking, drugs, excessive eating, under eating, over spending, gambling, sex, smoking and the list goes on.

My question is … Read more

Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Warning: This post could trigger emotions or feelings that you may not expect. If you need to access support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to talk to someone.

 

I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. Don’t even try to pronounce that. We’ll stick with calling it A.S. Really all you need to know about it for this blog post … Read more

Running Through My Doubts

Have you ever doubted your ability to achieve something that is important to you?

It might be getting the perfect job or settling into a new city. Like everyone I have those doubts too. They might not be big achievements like I mentioned, hell most of the time I am just happy to get my kids to school on time, … Read more

The House Always Wins

Warning: This post could trigger emotions or feelings that you may not expect. If you need to access support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to talk to someone.

If as a society we know “The House Always Wins” then why gamble?

It’s just a bit of harmless fun right? For many people it is, but for many others … Read more

Making Assumptions – Medical Care and Mental Illness

Warning: This post could trigger emotions or feelings that you may not expect. If you need to access support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to talk to someone.

Most of us feel secure in the knowledge that if we become seriously ill, we can present to a hospital emergency department and receive life-saving care, but there is an … Read more