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Supporting the Indigenous community

30 Aug 2019

Meet Shaquillah, an Open Minds Support Worker based in Townsville, who is passionate about helping clients to achieve their goals and especially enjoys connecting with Indigenous clients.

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Open Minds Nambour is moving

27 Aug 2019

The Open Minds Nambour office is moving! But don’t worry, we’re not going far. We’ll be down the road in our new Sunshine Coast office in Maroochydore.

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Exercise for optimal mental health

19 Aug 2019

Open Minds spoke to Justin Chapman, winner of the 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards Individual Award category, to find out his views on how exercise is beneficial for our mental health, and why improving our mental health is so important.

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Tips for good youth mental health

12 Aug 2019

More than 75% of mental illnesses develop before a person turns 25, illustrating the importance of managing mental health from a young age. With the International Youth Day (Monday 12th August 2019) theme around “Transforming education”, Open Minds has taken a look at some tips for good youth mental health.

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A family who smiles together, stays together

09 Aug 2019

Townsville mother of seven, Vanetta Masso, has been able to engage National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, Open Minds to support five of her adult children who all have an intellectual disability.

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Why nominate for the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards?

08 Aug 2019

Nominations are pouring in for the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, recognising people and organisations who work to improve the lives of those living with mental illness. Watch this short video to see what you have to gain by submitting a nomination.

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The connection between homelessness and mental health

05 Aug 2019

With National Homelessness Week 2019 (4th – 10th August) upon us, we have taken a look at the connection between mental illness and homelessness. Living with mental illness can cause an increased risk of homelessness, and living without a home can increase the risk of mental illness.

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Welcome message from our new CEO

01 Aug 2019

Read a welcome message from our new CEO, Paula Mayson, who discusses what she intends to focus on in her new role, and what exciting things there are to come for Open Minds.

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Young and passionate about mental health

01 Aug 2019

We spoke to Madison Birtchnell, a mental health community champion and winner of the Youth Award at the 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards. Madison shares what new initiatives she’s seen recently in the mental health space that have impressed her, and speaks about how her passion for youth mental health first began.

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Living independently after just two months

25 Jul 2019

Two months ago, when Vernon joined the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and chose Open Minds as his service provider, he set himself what he thought would be a long-term goal – to live independently. But to his surprise he managed to achieve this goal within just two months.

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Diabetes and mental health

19 Jul 2019

According to Diabetes Australia, up to 50% of people with diabetes are thought to also have a mental illness such as depression or anxiety. This compares to approximately 20% of the general population who are thought to experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. But what is the link between diabetes and mental illness?

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New categories for Mental Health Achievement Awards

18 Jul 2019

For 2019, Open Minds has added two new categories to the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards: the Early Years Award and the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Award.

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