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24 days to go_Kickstarter Recovery Box Update #8

This link has an updated video  on progress with the Recovery Box Project

This is Issue Four of SUPER CRO Standard the charity supporting the development of the Recovery Box
We have reached the halfway point with the Kickstarter Recovery Box (RB) project , launched 36 days ago on Kickstarter and while it has started to raise awareness about the RB we have a little way to meet the funding goal of $10,881 .

To do that I will be starting to use Social Media promotion program Marketing Queen from tomorrow. io see if this approach make a difference

We now have 16 backers, 33 followers, the original video has been viewed  207 times and we have raised $1001 which is 9% towards our funding goal of $10,881. Project followers are people who have opted-in to be reminded about your project before it ends.

Thank you for the people that attended the Zoom Video Conference in March to learn more about how the Recovery Box works, this will be repeated on Friday 17 April at 3pm AEDST

You can register for the Zoom Video Link
You are invited to a Zoom meeting that will have information about the Kickstarter Recovery Box project

When: Apr 17, 2020 03:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We have another 24 days to reach our goal and with your assistance I am confident that will happen.

The Previously Asked Questions and Comments booklet is now upto Version V0.6 140320 and the questions and comments are showing some of the interest in the project.

The RB project URL is:

With this update I am following the suggestions from Kickstarter about how to promote the project. You can find out more by clicking on the link below:

Information about the development of the Recovery Box can be found here and there are a number of Youtube videos about the progress with the Recovery Box here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this

Douglas Holmes

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Update #5 Recovery Box Project

The Recovery Box (RB) project was launched 7 days ago on Kickstarter and has started to raise awareness about the RB. We have 10 backers, 27 followers and have raised $791 which is 7% towards our funding goal of $10,871. 
We have another 53 days to reach that goal and with your assistance I am confident that will happen.The RB project URL is:

With this update I am following the suggestions from Kickstarter about how to promote the project. You can find out more by clicking on the link below:
Information about  the development of the Recovery Box can be found here  and there are a number of Youtube videos about the progress with the Recovery Box here.
I have attached 4 images from the Kickstarter Dashboard. They show a range of useful information about where you are up to with your goals.Thank you for taking the time to read this Douglas Holmes

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Kickstarter Project Pre Launch

The Recovery Box project has been approved by Kickstarter and is planned to be launched on Sunday 1 March at 10 am.

This link will take you to a pre-launch of the project and give you an understanding of what the Recovery Box can do.

Please send this out through your networks and support the development of a resource that has the potential to change the way information about Mental Health can be accessed by all stakeholders.

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Warm Fused Glass Workshop

SUPER CRO is supporting the development of the Warm Fused Glass Workshop being held on 13 & 14 February, 2020 at 1/22 Aintree St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

For more information about the workshop have a look at the brochure or call us on 0403 386 017. Some subsidies available. Apply via subsidy application form.


The two-day workshop is suitable for people who have experienced mental and emotional distress, families and supporters, mental health and community workers, doctors and therapists, and anyone who would like to better support people who have experienced mental and emotional distress. The purpose of the workshops is to teach participants how to make 3 kinds of fused glass pendants; from start to finish, as a salable product. Participants will also be taught how to use Market Taxi to raise funds for consumer run projects; and ways of using creativity to cope with emotional distress and symptoms which have been shown to improve people’s relationships with their experiences and feel more empowered.

Peter Hawes imagePeter combines personal experience of trauma, psychosis and hospitalisation with experience gained through training and practice, including working in the first Voices Vic team. A voice hearer, Peter’s work is based on the principles of the Consumer Movement. He has created and managed innovative projects supporting young people, families, and adults who hear voices or have unusual beliefs. Peter is a founding member of SUPER CRO, trainer and spokesperson, promoting creative responses for people in severe distress. He is ViceChair and board member of SUPER CRO a Consumer Run Organisation that aids consumers through education, advocacy, collaboration, feedback and equal representation

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We Have Become a Charity

Click here for a copy of the SUPER CRO Newsletter October 2019

The Australian Charity and Not for Profit Commission has notified SUPER CRO Executive that we have been accepted as an UnincorporatedAssociation with Charity status on 22 September, 2019. The Responsible Persons: Chair Lynda Hennessey, Vice-Chair, Peter Hawes and Treasurer, Kristy Mounsey met on the 8 October 2019 and have decided to develop an information sheet to start the process of inviting interested persons to become members through our website.

Membership of SUPER CRO is open to anyone who supports the Charitable Purpose and agrees to be bound by the rules. You can then apply below to join SUPER CRO as either an Active Member, Associate Member or a Friend of SUPER CRO. SUPER CRO has three types of membership:

i. An Active Member is a person with lived experience of mental distress or trauma background who is involved in actively running SUPER CRO
ii. An Associate Member is a person with lived experience of mental distress or trauma background who does not want to be actively involved in running SUPER CRO. Associate members are eligible to become active members by notifying and receiving confirmation from the Secretary of SUPER CRo
iii. A Friend of SUPER CRO is anybody who supports the purpose of the SUPER CRO, however,
can not vote or move a motion at meetings of the SUPER CRO

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Tripper Tees

Welcome to tripper tees a fundraising website to raise funds for super cro a mental health organization aimed at making a difference.

An organization that has my full support and will receive half the profits from all products sold on this website and the other half will go into projects I am setting up to make a difference to those in distress…

Sometimes the best way to receive cool products is also support a cause you value.

So have a browse through our catalogue of cool designs and remember it’s all about supporting peer run mental health projects to get off the ground and provide more support to those in distress.

Click here to go shopping

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Thanks Frank

Thanks Frank

A great summary of the issues facing our sector


Douglas Holmes

On Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at 5:00 pm, Frank Quinlan <> wrote:
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Speaking frankly…

Let’s get serious about funding co-design

Today I spent the morning in Melbourne with the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum.

The Forum brings together consumer and carer representatives from every state and territory, and consumer and carer representatives from a number of national consumer and carer organisations and groups.

It is a twice-annual meeting, and I am always enriched by the exchange. I had an opportunity to hear the priorities of the group first hand, and give an account of Mental Health Australia’s observations and priorities for the immediate future.

It appears to me that the consumer and carer movements currently face challenges on many fronts.

For instance, the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum is only funded to meet face-to-face twice a year. That puts a lot of pressure on the group to make the most of their limited opportunities to achieve influence, in an environment where expectations are very high. There is so much to do, and the burden falls to so few.

In addition, the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum has not received any increase in funding for 10 years! In this time, the Forum’s operational funding has only increased in line with inflation, despite steadily increasing demand for their participation and engagement in national mental health reform.

Even further, the funding the group receives is a paltry sum – the annual Commonwealth contribution to the group is less than what the Commonwealth spent on a 30 second TV commercial during last year’s Grand Final. And they are being asked to ‘co-design’ a mental health system that sees the Commonwealth Government spend in the order of $10 billion annually. The miss-match is obvious.

If the structures and processes that underpinned a group like the Forum were stronger, some of these barriers could be mitigated – but they are not. Groups that feed into the Forum’s deliberations at state and territory, and national level are similarly underfunded, or worse non-existent! For instance, there is still no national peak body for consumers. Two years after recommending action there is still no systematic representation of CALD populations. Groups representing carers, LGBTIQ+ communities, Indigenous populations and others are all underfunded and overstretched.

Confounding these challenges, I also observe that there is a generational change occurring in consumer and carer representation. The origins of large sections of these movements grew out of the fierce advocacy that overturned traditional institutional care. The consumer movement in particular was active in triggering the deinstitutionalisation of much of the mental health system. While we can still discuss whether this process is complete, and whether all the community supports required to replace institutions have ever been properly established, it leaves a consumer movement today that has not been exposed to the same level of institutionalisation, and in many cases do not identify as clearly as ‘mental health consumers’.

Some (though not all) would argue that we are all consumers, and that most of us are also carers, as all of us will experience mental health issues in ourselves or in others at some stage in our life time.

All of this is really just a long way of saying that if we are serious about co-design we need to get serious about funding and supporting consumer and carer representation. We made this case in our pre-Budget submission. We need to keep making the case until the resources provided for consumers and carers to represent their views, match the scale of the task they are asked to undertake.

Warm regards


Frank Quinlan
Chief Executive Officer

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum – Executive Committee

Today’s National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum meeting is the first for the newly elected NMHCCF Executive Committee and the start of their two-year term. I would like to congratulate all on their continued work, and I look forward to working closely with the new NMHCCF Executive, and all members, to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues and their carers.

NMHCCF 2018-2020 Executive Committee

Consumer Co-Chair Lorraine Powell
Carer Co-Chair Emma Donaldson
Deputy Consumer Co-Chair Lyn English
Deputy Carer Co-Chair Elida Meadows
Consumer Ordinary member Jan West
Carer Ordinary member Katrina Clarke
To stay updated on the important work of the NMHCCF, please visit their website

National Disability Insurance Scheme psychosocial pathway workshop in Townsville

CEO update readers will know that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has engaged Mental Health Australia to hold consultation workshops on the design of a tailored National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pathway for people with psychosocial disability. The pathway refers to the experience participants have from their first interaction to their ongoing engagement with the NDIS. Mental Health Australia has already held workshops on this issue in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and we are pleased to announce one additional workshop to be held in Townsville on Friday, 20 April 2018.

The workshops have focussed on the experience of people with psychosocial disability who are participants in the national NDIS and their carers. Service providers and peak bodies are also encouraged to RSVP, however please note that every attempt is being made to privilege the voice of people with psychosocial disability and their carers and families through this process.

Workshop details
Location: Rydges, Southbank Townsville
Date: Friday, 20 April 2018
Time: 10am-3pm

RSVP: Please RSVP via email to with the following:

your name
whether you are:
an NDIS participant
a carer or family member of someone who is an NDIS participant
an NDIS service provider
if you are an NDIS participant whether you would prefer the NDIA contact you directly or through another person (e.g. a carer, support worker etc…)
whether you will require your support worker to attend with you
any dietary or accessibility requirements.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will contact the potential workshop participant to advise whether a place has been secured.

When a close shave is a good thing – World’s Greatest Shave

There are so many fantastic causes and campaigns in the not-for-profit sector and this year the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation is celebrating 20 years. And here at Mental Health Australia, we’re celebrating our colleague Kylie Wake – Director of Consumer and Carer Programs – who plans to enjoy a close shave this weekend. To support Kylie and her quest to help beat blood cancer – click on the link below. And for those who know Kylie, I will try and get a photo for next week (if Kylie is up for it!).

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Next Week

On Monday, Directory of Policy and Projects Josh Fear will be in Sydney participating in a roundtable with the Financial Services Council.

On Tuesday, I’m looking forward to hosting our Members Policy Forum at Parliament House in Canberra with more than 80 members and stakeholders set to attend the day.

On Wednesday, we are having our first Mental Health Australia face-to-face Board meeting for the year in Canberra.

Also on Wednesday, Josh will be heading to Sydney to speak at the Financial Services Council Life Insurance Conference, and will be heading to Melbourne to talk NDIS on Thursday.

Mental Health Australia Member Profiles


batyr is a for purpose organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health. batyr provides programs that train young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health and start a conversation in their community. batyr takes these speakers into schools, universities and corporate arenas to continue this conversation around mental health. The programs engage, educate and empower the audience to learn from the experiences of others and to reach out to the great services around them.
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The Australian Society for Psychological Medicine started out as the Australian College of Psychological Medicine in 1998. The College was formed by a group of doctors with a special interest in psychological medicine. The name was changed to Society instead of College in 2011, to reflect their desire to focus on providing support to members and to forge links with relevant training colleges. The ASPM now has members in every state and territory and membership is also open to doctors in New Zealand.
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National Close the Gap Day 2018

To mark National Close the Gap Day 2018, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health Ltd (NATSILMH) are launching two important documents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention.

The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide. This a comprehensive guide for governments and organisations across the mental health system to implementing the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration as required by Article 12.3 of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. The value of the Policy Concordance is that it will now be possible to ascertain what documents as diverse as the Fifth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Framework, the Cultural Respect Framework, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration, among many others, require of Australian governments, PHNs and the mental health system overall.

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Close the Gap: Implement Indigenous mental health framework

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) says bipartisan, long-term commitment to fund and implement the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017-2023 is needed to address Australia’s ongoing Indigenous mental-health and suicide crisis. Serious psychological distress, self-harm and suicide are reported in Indigenous communities at more than double the rate of other Australians.

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Dedicated mental health training for undergraduate nurses

The Australian Government is strengthening its commitment to Australia’s health workforce by providing $128,000 to deliver mental health course materials in undergraduate nursing degrees. The Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie said the funding would be provided to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses to undertake the Improving Mental Health Content in Undergraduate Nursing project.

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Government announce new services for carers

The Australian Government announced funding of an additional $85.6 million over four years for the introduction of new services for carers. The new funding of $85.6 million is in addition to the existing funding provided by the Department of Social Services for carer supports and services. The additional funding will provide carers with access to new early-intervention supports and services that are proven to improve carers well-being and long term outcomes. These new services form part of the Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS).

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Blow Bubbles for Bipolar – World Bipolar Day – March 30

Bipolar Australia believes that every person who has Bipolar Disorder should know that the condition can be diagnosed, treated, and well managed. But too many of the 568,000 Australians with this serious, life-long condition never hear that good news. This World Bipolar Day, help them end the silence surrounding Bipolar Disorder by taking a few minutes to Blow Bubbles for Bipolar with your colleagues, friends, and family.

Getting involved is simple!

Purchase some bubble mix and wands from a toy store near you. If you want some inspiration, click here for a list of bubble toys available from Big W.
Get a crowd together. Organise a place and time for your fellow bubble blowers to get together on March 30. If you want Bipolar Australia to help you publicise your event, please email us at
Enjoy yourself! Blow some bubbles, and raise some awareness in your local community. And don’t forget to post a photo to your favourite social media platform with the hashtag #BipolarBubbles!
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Sane Australia’s Topic Tuesday – 20 March – Mindfulness

Sane Australia will continue their Topic Tuesday sessions later this month starting on Tuesday 20 March with the topic – How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL?

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Wesley LifeForce – Suicide Memorial Services

Losing a loved one to suicide is a sorrow unlike any other, but you are not alone. Each year, Wesley LifeForce hold memorial services in various locations for those affected by suicide to come together in a spirit of comfort and hope. See below for a list of locations and dates.
• Brisbane – Thursday 19 April
• Darwin – Thursday, 6 September
• Sydney – Thursday 13 September
• Newcastle region – Thursday 4 October
• North Queensland – Thursday, 18 October
• Adelaide – Saturday 17 November

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Shifting the dial on suicide prevention: new settings, new player – 8 May

United Synergies and ConNetica are pleased to announce a one-day forum on suicide prevention on Tuesday 8 May in Noosa, Queensland. This forum will explore and present some of the innovative ways activities can be used to support those experiencing or impacted by exposure to suicide.

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Metro North Health Forum – June 19 in Brisbane

Now in its fifth year, the annual Metro North Health Forum hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN will be held on 19 June 2018 at the Royal International Convention Centre in Bowen Hills. Focused on “Connecting for the future”, the forum will build on our history of partnership. It will connect and engage providers and consumers in driving a reform agenda across; healthcare for older people, mental health, alcohol and other drugs and the interface between hospital and primary care.
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SUPER CRO Group planning meetings have changed venues

 We now meet:

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1  till 4 pm

At 59 Newland Street Bondi Junction, NSW 2022

People interested in starting a Consumer Run Organisation (CRO) are working through the steps to make it happen.

We are being supported by Consumer Run Organisations in Kansas and Georgia

We need people to spread the word about what we are doing.

The Bondi Junction meeting will:

• Provide a space to talk face-to-face in more depth about CRO’s

• Work on the Strategic Plan,

• Governing Document needed to register the organisation as a legal entity, and

• Build stronger local consumer communities and networks

More information can be found here