MHAG group 2021
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The Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group raises awareness of mental health and signposts the way to mental health services and resources in Deniliquin and surrounding areas.
OUR AIMS 

1. Increase Awareness of Mental Health to:

  • Consumer and Carers/Family

  • Health Care Providers

  • General Public

  • All levels of Government-Local, State and Federal
     

2. Provide Network Meetings and Forums for service providers to stay updated on the capacity and nature of service delivery of all providers of mental health services in Deniliquin
 

3. Facilitate Consumer Access by providing and publicising a co-ordinated, local reference point for Agencies and Groups providing Mental Health Services, specifically through the website denimentalhealth.org.au
 

4. Decrease Stigma, associated with Mental Illness by facilitating Mental Health education opportunities at various venues, including all media outlets and promoting co-ordinated special community projects e.g. Mental Health month
 

5. Lobby/advocate for an increase in all mental health Services and funding, esp. in local and regional area when an opportunity presents itself

Meetings

 

The group meets 6- 8 times per year for service updates and networking .

As from 2021 we will change meeting structure slightly, with informal networking, face-to-face or vial VCR attendance as the first part of our meeting, including feedback from DENI MHAG executive about projects and initiatives.

The business end of this group will sit with the executive in separate meetings held. 


Current chairs are Julie Mullins and Lourene Liebenberg 

Contact us for more information about meetings.

WHAT WE'VE achiEved

Deni MHAG started after Rotary in Deniliquin held a mental health forum for the community.

Since our formation in 2003 we have achieved some great outcomes from projects and partnerships in our community. Some of these include :

  • Introduction of MHFA ( Mental Health First Aid ) into the community in 2005 and still delivering a minimum of 4 courses every year at no or minimal cost to community.    

  • Mini Mental Health Conference in 2006

  •  2007 Development and launch of Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group web site.

  • Presentation of the play “Inside Out” by Christine Duncan Productions at Deni RSL in 2010

  • Introduction Big Blue Day at Deni High in 2012 and now an annual event 

  • Beyond Blue Workplace Training in 2013 (25  businesses attended) 

  • "Hear Me "Consumer Stories in conjunction with Yarkuwa 

  • "Carpe Diem" play with John Wood;  March 2017 attended by 160 people

  • "Let’s Talk" event August 2017 with Nick Newling – 150 people attended

  • Deni Says No bullying initiative with 100 people in attendance in 2018 

  • "Lets Talk about Suicide "event in 2018 

  • Partnered with Brenda Norman and Channel for Change initiative and established as a charity.

  • "Mental Health is not so Scary"  Halloween initiative in partnership with MLHD and  now an annual event supported by our members

  • Tuesday Chats group with parents and carers around supporting their families ( 2019)

  • Various MPHN drought funded events ( 2019) such as Youth Forum with DHS ( 100 youth across the region) ; Healthy Farm, Healthy Farmers,( 120 people attended)   Mentally Healthy Workplaces with Deniliquin Business Chamber ( over 40 participants)  South West Music Fun day in  2019 ( 150 plus people attended)

  • Association with Ute Muster since 2010 and in 2019 formally partnered with the Ute Muster to create a Wellness Space 

  • 2020 Launched new, updated website

  • 2020 partnership with Deni LHAC  and MLHD to produce  5 of the 10 Deni LHAC  Chat pages covering mental health related information – full page publications in PT ; Facebook pages and ERC website https://www.edwardriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Local-Health-Information

  • 2021 MPHN and MLHD mental health services poster and digital campaign distributed across our community AND 33 Local Health Advisory Committees creating much needed visual resources for communities. This included 12 full pages in the local newspaper. (See here)

  • 2021 Wellbeing COVID -19 poster  ( shared over a 100 times with over 10,000 people engaging with it) (See here)

  • 2020 / 2021 #deni5in5 : 5 Ways to wellbeing Digital Campaign Mental Health Month. (See here)
    This campaign was picked up by Like Mind  and translated into numerous languages
    This was 5 full page newspaper campaign and digital campaign over 30 days during mental health month. .   

OUR STRUCTURE

 

Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group is an Australian, Non-profit, Incorporated, Non-Government Organisation (NGO) carrying on the enterprise of a health promotion charity for public benefit.

 

Our constitution is based on “Model rules for incorporated associations” with an additional Non-profit clause and a Dissolution clause.

 

Our Incorporation No is 9887142 and our ABN is 32 344 835 480. We are endorsed for Charity Tax Concessions (Income Tax exempt, Fringe Benefit Tax exempt and GST concession), and also as Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

 

We consist of Consumers of Mental Health Services, their Carers, Health Care Providers and other interested members of the Public.