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Black Mountain Tower is a reminder that we’re all in this together


Melanie Poole, CEO of MHCC ACT


Op ed

This article was originally published in The Canberra Times on 26 October 2023.

Black Mountain Tower can be thought of as an anchor point, unique to Canberra. As we go about our daily lives in the capital, across either side of the bridge, it’s never hard to find.

More than even Parliament House, it’s a reminder that we’re part of this city. We can all see this same icon. And, from its vantage point of almost 200 metres above its mountain summit, the entire city is seen in turn.

For World Mental Health Day – October 10 – Black Mountain Tower was lit green, becoming a beacon of connection. We are not alone. We’re all members of this community. We share the same landscape.

And yet, on this Mental Health Month (the entire month of October), we have an epidemic of people who feel disconnected, both in the ACT and Australia-wide.

Read the rest via The Canberra Times, or download a pdf version.

Media contact: Erin Stewart, Media and Communications Manager, 0493 388 756 |

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