Resolve Program

Are you a community housing tenant? Resolve is a free and voluntary support service for you.

Resolve provides tenants of community housing with short term assistance to maintain housing tenancy. We work with people who are, 18 years and over who live in Brisbane metropolitan area. We support you to address any issues that affect your ability to maintain your tenancy & Link with mental health and other community support services. We can help you to:

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& Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services

·  Improve your living situation;

·  improve your well-being;

·  access other support services

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& Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services

Contact us: Metro South – mob: 0458 807 498; Metro North – mob: 0458 007 784 or email:

Kyabra Recovery Connections Education sessions

Kyabra has 5 different educational opportunities for families/friends/carers of people experiencing a mental health difficulty, that will be hosted by the Kyabra Recovery Connections Program over the next couple of months. Below is a quick overview of each of these sessions –

·  Tuesday 12th May – 12 weeks – 9.30 – 1.30 weekly – WELLWAYS BUILDING A FUTURE PROGRAM – a peer led education program that provides family members, friends and carers of a loved one with a mental health difficulty up-to-date knowledge on mental health, recovery, treatment, support options, legal and service systems, stigma and rights. This is a free course for families/carers.

·  Saturday 16th May 9.45 – 3.00 – Eating Disorders Association of Australia will host a family and carer information day at Kyabra Community Association, Runcorn. This day will have guest speakers including a GP, Dietician and Therapist working in the area of eating disorders, as well as individuals and family members talking about their own personal experiences of recovery. The day will provide information and practical strategies for supporting a loved one.

·  Wednesday 27th May – 10.00 – 12.00 – NDIS Information Session – This session will be presented by Mental Illness Fellowship of Qld, and will provide an overview of the NDIS and what it means for families with a loved one living with mental illness. There will be information about Choice and Control, Self Direction and Self Management, and how to access the NDIS from July 2016.

·  Saturday 13th and 20th June 10.30 – 5.30 each day – Youth Mental Health First Aid – This course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or are in a mental health crisis. This course is free for families and carers.

·  Friday 26th June 10.00 – 1.30 – Sharing Recovery Information Forum – This is a free public forum for family members supporting a loved one which offers easy to understand information and a roadmap for supporting mental health recovery. It includes guest speakers, take home information, resources and strategies and ideas and a chance to have questions answered.

For more information about these sessions or to access flyers to put up in your service please visit:

Smiling Mind - Meditation Made Easy

KidsMatter and Smiling Mind share the goal of promoting children’s mental health and wellbeing in schools. Smiling Mind is a free program that provides resources to support the development of mindfulness and meditation skills. The Smiling Mind website and smartphone App provide information about mindfulness and action-based tools to guide children (starting from seven years) and adults through Mindfulness Meditation practices. They also offer mindfulness programs for schools, including free resources and tools to teach mindfulness to students.
For more details, visit the website:

An invitation to participate in the School of Hard Knocks

With the support of the Queensland Government, The School of Hard Knocks launched its Queensland arts programs in October 2014. The Absolutely Everybody choir and our other programs build on the foundations of the Sydney Street Choir, the original Choir of Hard Knocks and Choir of Hope and Inspiration created by Dr Welch over the past 14 years – providing outstanding teaching, a great rehearsal/workshop venue, a supportive and engaging environment and opportunities to perform to significant audiences. Dr Welch brings his unique methods of teaching to Queensland. No auditions are required. Everyone is welcome to join. All workshops are held during School terms. A key audience for all programs is individuals experiencing mental health issues, homelessness and/or addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The programs are there to be enjoyed. They aim to provide a pathway to greater engagement and improvement in health measures for participants.

About The Absolutely Everybody Choir: The Choir rehearses on Friday mornings at Common Ground, in South Bank. Rehearsals start at 10.00am and conclude at 1.00pm. Lunch will be provided and singers will be hosted by our volunteers. There is a mix of members referred by agencies and a number of community members, who will provide some diversity to the group. Everyone can sing.

About Word on the Street – Creative Writing workshops: Creative Writing workshops are held on Mondays at the State Library of Queensland from 1pm until 2:30pm. Word on the Street is a creative writing course that will help you find your voice on the page. Nothing will be left blank as we cover poetry, letters, short form writing, spoken word, and storytelling. This is your chance to tell your story your way or let loose with a pen and your wildest imagination. Currently taking nominations for Term 3 commencing on 13 July 2015.

About Rhythm of Life – Music Theatre workshops: Music Theatre workshops will include movement, acting and singing – so prepare to learn new skills or wow us with the talents you already have. Register your interest now on the attached nomination form, venue and dates to be released soon.

About Street Beat – Basketball Percussion workshops: Aimed at the under 35 age group – Street Beat combines the joy of music making, with sport and movement. Register your interest now, venue and dates to be released soon.

For more info or to get a copy of the nomination form please contact Susan Gilmartin, Operations Manager, School of Hard Knocks Queensland on 0417 075 053 or email: .

Mi Networks

Mi Networks is a national mental health information and referral service, connecting individuals to an experienced mental health worker who can respond to questions or requests for information and connect people to a broad range of services in their local community. Find out more visit:

Symphonics Free Music Group

Are you interested in joining a local music group? Beginners welcome. Sessions across Brisbane, Bayside and Logan. Call 3213 7100 for more info or email

Sanity Fair Fund Raiser

Come along and support Sanity Fair, Join us for a night of fun and friendly competition. Team and individuals welcome. Prizes for the best team. Raffles also drawn on the night. Food and drinks available to purchase on the night.

When: May 21st 7-9pm Where: Holland park hotel

Cost: $10 per person - Help us raise awareness and break down stigma

The use of force in policing people with mental illness

A free Justice in Focus Series forum where you can hear from expert panellists talking about changes that are needed in order to reduce the risk to those on both sides of the policing equation. Thursday 7 May 2015 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Where: Banco Court, 415 George Street, Brisbane City. Click here to register.

Improving Mental Health Practice Workshops

Richmond Fellowship Queensland is proud to be host of Rachel Perkins tour of Australia. Dr Rachel Perkins will lead a series of workshops in Brisbane and Toowoomba that aim to encourage the QLD mental health sector to rethink the existing mental health service model from one that reduces symptoms to one that rebuilds lives. While Rachel has a background in clinical psychology and 30 years experience working in the mental health system, she is also an expert by experience and continues to use mental health services for her own well being. Rachel will present 2 engaging and informative workshops in Brisbane aimed at professionals in the mental health field and open to the public, private and no-for-profit sector.

Engaging in Co-Production & Developing Team Recovery Implementation Plans: 20th May Click here for details

Managing Risk in Recovery Environments & Those who are Hard to Engage Fall Through the Gaps: 21st May Click here for workshop flyer and details

Please Note: Closing Date for registration and payment is May 12th 2015. For more info visit: There are limited spaces available for each workshop with numbers expected to fill fast.

Mental Health Professionals’ Network

Metro South Dual Diagnosis Network Meeting

New developments in Motivational Interviewing

New Developments in Motivational Interviewing: the theory and technique of Motivational Interviewing (MI) has recently been updated and developed in the 2012 Third Edition publication of Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change. Of note, this recent text has introduced the four processes of MI: Engaging, Focussing, Evoking and Planning. This interactive workshop seeks to build on your understanding of Motivational Interviewing, to develop skills in rapid engagement and agenda setting, supporting change and, managing discord in the therapeutic relationship, and arriving at joint treatment decisions. Dr Stan Steindl, Clinical Psychologist is the Guest Speaker.

When: Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 8:00 coffee and registration; 8.30am start – 11.30am

Where: The Musgrave Room, Comfort Inn - Robertson Gardens, 281 Kessels Road, Robertson

Catering: There will be coffee and light breakfast offered at 8.00 on registration, and a break for morning tea

RSVP:Please click here to register your acceptance or apology for this meeting.

Dovetail Webinar: Understanding Methamphetamine

There continues to be increasing community concern about the use of methamphetamine, particularly crystal methamphetamine. In response to this, Cameron Francis from Dovetail will be presenting a webinar on Tuesday the 5th of May, from 9 - 10am. The presentation will help increase workers' knowledge about methamphetamine and some of the unique issues this substance presents. The presentation will provide an overview of the history of amphetamine both globally and in Australia, as well as an overview of how it works, the risks and harms, strategies to reduce harm and info on treatment interventions. Click here for more information about how to participate.

Under 1 RoofSynthesis Series

The Synthesis Series are reflective practice sessions engaging practitioners from all sectors. These events are held atNew Farm Bowls Club 969 Brunswick Street, New Farm. For more info contactFiona Caniglia: 0400 196 492 . Please RSVP to

Transition planning: assisting tenants in transitional housing towards permanent housing solutions.Thursday 21 May 2015.9.15am arrival for 9.30am-10.30am session.

Assessing clients for private rental housing: the impact of vulnerability and calibrating support to match the challenges.Thursday 18 June 2015.9.15am arrival for 9.30am-10.30am session.

Warm referrals: assumptions, practices and key elements of success28 May 2015 9.15am arrival for 9.30am-12.30pmsession.

Case coordination training: processes, facilitation and recording a plan.11 June 2015 9.15am arrival for 9.30am-12.30pmsession.

Assessment skills: what, how and going back to basics10 July 2015.9.15am arrival for 9.30am-12.30pmsession.


CURRENTLY OCCURRING SCAM Please be on high alert. In the past few days Police have identified a disturbing scam trend developing across the South Brisbane Policing area. The following information and more is available on the SCAMwatch web site Be aware of calls from scammers falsely claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDDP) or Australian Tax Office (ATO). Scammers have recently been calling Australians telling them that there is a warrant out for their arrest. People have reported that messages have been recorded on their answering machines asking them to call back later. The telephone number being provided is 0261003027 and they ask you to call during office hours to discuss the matter further. The ph no. has no connection with the CDDP, ATO or any other state or commonwealth department. The scammers may spin a range of stories about why an arrest warrant has been issued, including that you have failed to pay taxes. Scammers typically ask for money to be sent via wire transfer (or load and go banking cards available from the post office) as it is nearly impossible to recover money sent this way. They may also ask for people’s financial and other personal details to access their money and use this information to commit other scams. If you receive a phone call from someone saying you have an arrest warrant and asking you to pay a fee, HANG UP AND DO NOT RESPOND. If in doubt, don’t use the contact details provided – look up the government department yourself in the phone book or online and phone/email them. Never send any money via wire transfer to someone you don’t know. You can report to POLICELINK on 131 444. For further info contact Calamvale Crime Prevention office Ph: 3131 7355.

beyondblue - subsidised mental health workplace training

Employers are being offered heavily-subsidised beyondblue workplace training sessions to improve the mental health of the Australian workforce. The offer, which expires on June 30, is open to all Australian small and medium businesses with up to 199 employees and all not-for-profit organisations. The subsidy means that, for as little as $300, organisations can have mental health professionals attend their workplace to train an unlimited number of staff about depression and anxiety, the impact of these conditions and how to support colleagues who may be struggling. beyondblue’s National Workplace Program offers organisations five different training sessions, ranging from courses designed specifically for managers and HR professionals, to one designed for executives that offers training on leadership strategies to address mental health in the workplace. Anyone wanting to book a training session should call 1300 134 644 or email . To learn more about depression & anxiety in the workplace, call beyondblue on 03 9810 6100 or Courses range in length from half an hour to four hours.