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Canberrans in crisis as cost of living intensifies distress, while community funding dwindles  

| Media release Demand for mental health services has never been higher, but in the lead up to the ACT 2024-25 Budget, it’s the mental health servic...

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Celebrating the inspiring stories of Canberra’s Community Wellbeing Heroes 

| Media release An innovative youth body image educator, a veteran recovering from PTSD by building a likeminded community, a social welfare and menta...

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Canberra icon lit up for the loneliness epidemic and World Mental Health Day  

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT is lighting Black Mountain Tower (aka Telstra Tower) green on 10 October for World Mental He...

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Celebrate Mental Health with the Launch of Mental Health Month ACT

| Media release 3 October 2023, 9.30 – 10.30am Salthouse Community Centre, Haig Park, Braddon. Talent available for comment from 9.15am. Each of us ...

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Lack of disability strategy funds makes for a ‘disappointing’ ACT Budget

Joint Media Release Canberra organisations representing people with disability have said the failure to deliver funding for disability strategies, esp...

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ACT Budget misses opportunity for cost-effective, recovery-oriented mental health strategies  

| Media release The ACT government rightly places wellbeing at the centre of their Budget measures. That it recognises mental health as key is commend...

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2023 Budget: Barr Government must fund promised disability strategies

Joint Media Release Canberra organisations representing people with disability have come together urging ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr ...

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Release of landmark workforce study of ACT community-managed mental health workforce

Nearly two-thirds of people who work in mental health in the ACT are employed through charities and other community-managed organisations, according t...

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Inquiry into the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice) 2023

The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) thanks the Committee for theopportunity to provide a submission to the Inquiry into Constitution ...

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The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT supports a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT supports the call of the Uluru Statement from the Heart for a First Nations Voice enshrined ...

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Crucial mental health services forgotten by government, likely to close

| Joint media release with Woden Community Service. Proven services to help people tackle severe mental health challenges will likely have to close in...

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‘Wellbeing’ Budget largely ignores mental health

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) laments the grave lack of support for mental health in the Federal GovernmentR...

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Focus needed on the jobs and skills that support everyone

| Media release With the mental health workforce at breaking point, the national Jobs and Skills Summit and the ACT Government must prioritise the urg...

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Small steps for progress on older persons’ mental health

| Media release The ACT Government’s long-anticipated strategy for older persons’ mental health and wellbeing has a lot of promise but lacks signi...

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Homelessness and mental health: connected and both failed by government inaction

| Media release As Homelessness Week comes to an end, we need to remember the link between homelessness and mental health conditions: that each can re...

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ACT Budget investments in mental health are welcome, but mainly for bandaid solutions

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes increased funding for suicide prevention and mental health services in t...

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The data is in; now we need action on mental health

| Media release Mental health conditions are the most common long-term health concern in Australia and the ACT. Yet funding for community-managed ment...

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Lack of funding to leave Canberrans with mental health conditions without support

| Joint media release with the ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS). With half of the ACT’s community sector organisations expecting worsening f...

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Long game of mental health recovery can’t be played with short contracts

| Media release Short-term government funding contracts for community-managed mental health services are making it almost impossible to provide the pr...

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Election focus on NDIS ignores needs of majority of people with mental illness

| Media release Election policy announcements about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have so far failed to recognise the desperate need...

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Greens election focus on mental health welcome, but not enough for the community-based workforce

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the Australian Greens making mental health a priority in the upcoming Fe...

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MHCC ACT urges all candidates to make mental health an election priority

| Media release On the eve of a federal election campaign, the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) has called on all political lea...

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Exhausted, over-stretched and under-staffed: increased support needed for pandemic’s frontliners

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) highlights the impact of the recent Omicron outbreak on mental health and ...

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Longer-term investment needed in recommendations for COVID-19 response report

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the recommendations made by the Select Committee on the COVID-19 ...

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Celebration of success as ACT mental health Recovery College wins award

| Media release Mental Health Community Coalition (MHCC) ACT are pleased to announce that the ACT Recovery College has been awarded the Service and Pr...

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MHCC ACT supports Motion from Michael Pettersson MLA on ACT Mental Health

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) supports the motion from Michael Pettersson MLA that calls the ACT Gover...

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ACT Budget: Mental health supports

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the ACT Budget and the additional funding for the community menta...

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The Community welcome Government support for the mental health of Canberrans

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) commend the joint funding boost from the Federal and ACT Governments for...

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Stronger consultation needed for ACT Government budget announcements

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the $26 million package announced today, but highlights a lack of...

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Funding for community mental health services a welcome relief under lockdown

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the announcement from the ACT Government to provide additional ...

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Hands off our charities: MHCC ACT joins the call to protect advocacy for those who need a voice

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) joins ACTCOSS and other not-for-profit organisations in calling for the ...

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Community Sector celebrates win as NDIS Independent Assessments are scrapped

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) pays tribute to the collaboration of the community sector in the face of...

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Increased funding needed to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community are met

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the announcement from the ACT Government regarding extended fundi...

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Community Sector unites in opposition to NDIS changes

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) together with ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), Advocacy for Inclus...

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Raise the Age and address social determinants for children’s mental health and wellbeing

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) commends the ACT Government on the Raise the Age Discussion Paper. MHCC AC...

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Celebration of success as ACT mental health Recovery College two-year trial ends

| Media release Mental Health Community Coalition (MHCC) ACT celebrate the successful trial of a mental health Recovery College in the ACT with a spec...

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Increases in Federal Budget for mental health are missing the opportunity for an integrated system

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the positive first step made by the mental health funding announc...

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Successful trial of ACT mental health Recovery College comes to an end

| Media release An extremely successful trial of a mental health Recovery College in the ACT comes to an end June 30, 2021. Students, educators, and o...

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Proposed changes to NDIS will impact mental health and wellbeing of participants

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) is concerned over leaked documents proposing changes and restructures to t...

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Positive mental health outlook for social housing project that supports Canberra women

| Joint media release with ACT Shelter The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) together with member organisation ACT Shelter congr...

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MHCC ACT welcomes Bec Cody, former MLA as new CEO

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition (MHCC) of the ACT announces their new CEO, Bec Cody, will be taking the reins next week. The MHC...

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JobSeeker will push people below the poverty line causing concerns for mental health and wellbeing

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT) raises concerns for people’s mental health and wellbeing in light ...

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MHCC ACT pledges to a united and consistent voice on mental health in the ACT

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) have signed the National Communications Charter (The Charter) to formally demonst...

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Call to consider the impact of housing design on people’s mental health and wellbeing

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) have joined over 30 organisations nationwide to call on the Australian Govern...

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Investment in mental health services welcomed by community sector

| Joint media release with the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) and the ACT Council of Soc...

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Expansion of ACT housing and homelessness services will benefit mental health and wellbeing

| Media release The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) welcomes the commitment from the ACT Government to invest $18 million over 4 ...

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