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Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA)

Contact

Name: Sabine Wedemeyer

Position: CEO

Email: sabine.wedemeyer@mhaca.org.au

Address

PO Box 2326

Alice Springs

NT Region 871

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Our Mission / Objective

OUR VISION - CREATING HOPE AND RECOVERY

Living with hope and healing in a community that actively fosters and supports good mental health.



OUR PURPOSE

To improve mental health and well-being for individuals and communities



OUR VALUES

WE VALUE THE LIVED EXPERIENCE. A key strength of MHACA is the contribution made by participants, communities and others with a lived experience of mental illness and distressing life episodes. Their knowledge and understanding underpins and continually improves our service delivery.

WE VALUE DIVERSITY. MHACA participants and staff come from many different backgrounds. We welcome the breadth of vision and experience that comes with working with people from different cultures including local Aboriginal cultures, different genders, different abilities and different backgrounds. We will actively seek the voices of diverse peoples to enrich our experience and ensure our organisation responds to their needs both in what we deliver and how we deliver it.

WE VALUE RESPECT. We appreciate the work of staff and volunteer colleagues, and we respect the experience of participants and other individuals, communities and stakeholders. Staff model respectful behaviour in their professional relationships.

WE VALUE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION. We will continuously evaluate and improve our services and support each other (participants, Board and staff) to explore creative responses that make our organisation stronger.

WE VALUE SAFETY. We understand how critical it is that people feel safe. We aim to create an environment nurtured by kindness and hope in which recovery and skills development will occur.

WE VALUE RESILIENCE. We build on the strengths of people and communities to enable them to manage life’s ups and downs.

Our Services

Currently MHACA conducts the following range of activities:


• Care coordination for people with severe and persistent mental illness;


• Psycho-social case management and support for individuals with a recovery focus;


• A drop-in centre, group activities and peer support;


• Mental health training and education to increase knowledge and awareness in communities;


• Promotion and prevention programs to reduce stigma, increase mental health literacy, minimise the impact of mental illness and help prevent deaths by suicide;


• Support for individuals, families and communities bereaved by suicide; and


• Tenancy Support for people who have a mental illness and need help to maintain their housing.


Our Beneficiaries

Any donations to MHACA will support its service delivery. MHACA is a small non government organisation that provides a key service within Central Australia, not provided by any other. We are participant centred and engage with our participants to develop our programs, inform our strategies and deliver our services.





You have the opportunity to choose and support the many aspects of our service delivery - be it the Day to Day Living Program, which supports individuals with activities and opportunities to learn, socialise and grow; or our Drop In Centre - which provides a safe haven for people with a mental illness to engage with each other and with our staff on their recovery journey.





We also develop and provide a range of educational and training activities in our pursuit of reducing stigma and increasing mental health literacy in the community of Central Australia.
Suicide Story is a 3 day workshop that MHACA developed with Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people living in remote Australia. Suicide Story creates a safe space for Aboriginal people to share knowledge and learning about culturally appropriate ways to address suicide awareness and create more resilient, suicide-safer communities. Born out of the need for a resource that would appropriately support Aboriginal communities in a culturally relevant way. Delivery of this program is resource intensive and not adequately funded. MHACA would like to make this program more accessible and any funds received would be put towards delivery in remote communities.

Projects in Progress

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

91 804 704 259

How to help us

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

OUR VISION - CREATING HOPE AND RECOVERY

Living with hope and healing in a community that actively fosters and supports good mental health.



OUR PURPOSE

To improve mental health and well-being for individuals and communities



OUR VALUES

WE VALUE THE LIVED EXPERIENCE. A key strength of MHACA is the contribution made by participants, communities and others with a lived experience of mental illness and distressing life episodes. Their knowledge and understanding underpins and continually improves our service delivery.

WE VALUE DIVERSITY. MHACA participants and staff come from many different backgrounds. We welcome the breadth of vision and experience that comes with working with people from different cultures including local Aboriginal cultures, different genders, different abilities and different backgrounds. We will actively seek the voices of diverse peoples to enrich our experience and ensure our organisation responds to their needs both in what we deliver and how we deliver it.

WE VALUE RESPECT. We appreciate the work of staff and volunteer colleagues, and we respect the experience of participants and other individuals, communities and stakeholders. Staff model respectful behaviour in their professional relationships.

WE VALUE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION. We will continuously evaluate and improve our services and support each other (participants, Board and staff) to explore creative responses that make our organisation stronger.

WE VALUE SAFETY. We understand how critical it is that people feel safe. We aim to create an environment nurtured by kindness and hope in which recovery and skills development will occur.

WE VALUE RESILIENCE. We build on the strengths of people and communities to enable them to manage life’s ups and downs.

Our Services

Currently MHACA conducts the following range of activities:


• Care coordination for people with severe and persistent mental illness;


• Psycho-social case management and support for individuals with a recovery focus;


• A drop-in centre, group activities and peer support;


• Mental health training and education to increase knowledge and awareness in communities;


• Promotion and prevention programs to reduce stigma, increase mental health literacy, minimise the impact of mental illness and help prevent deaths by suicide;


• Support for individuals, families and communities bereaved by suicide; and


• Tenancy Support for people who have a mental illness and need help to maintain their housing.


Our Beneficiaries

Any donations to MHACA will support its service delivery. MHACA is a small non government organisation that provides a key service within Central Australia, not provided by any other. We are participant centred and engage with our participants to develop our programs, inform our strategies and deliver our services.





You have the opportunity to choose and support the many aspects of our service delivery - be it the Day to Day Living Program, which supports individuals with activities and opportunities to learn, socialise and grow; or our Drop In Centre - which provides a safe haven for people with a mental illness to engage with each other and with our staff on their recovery journey.





We also develop and provide a range of educational and training activities in our pursuit of reducing stigma and increasing mental health literacy in the community of Central Australia.
Suicide Story is a 3 day workshop that MHACA developed with Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people living in remote Australia. Suicide Story creates a safe space for Aboriginal people to share knowledge and learning about culturally appropriate ways to address suicide awareness and create more resilient, suicide-safer communities. Born out of the need for a resource that would appropriately support Aboriginal communities in a culturally relevant way. Delivery of this program is resource intensive and not adequately funded. MHACA would like to make this program more accessible and any funds received would be put towards delivery in remote communities.

Projects in Progress

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

91 804 704 259

How to Help us

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

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