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[BPD Awareness Week Grants]: Applications close Monday 16th August

The Mental Health Coalition of SA (MHCSA) are offering grants between $500 and $2,000 for individuals and organisations wanting to organise events for Borderline Personality Awareness Week.

BPD Awareness Week was established in 2014 as a result of consumer, carer and clinician advocacy to provide a time for acknowledgement and recognition to reduce prejudice and discrimination against people with BPD. BPD Week presents a powerful opportunity to demystify a complex mental health challenge and raise awareness during Mental Health Month.

Find out more and apply here.

[SARAA 2022 SA Election Survey]: Closes early August

In the lead up to the 2022 SA State Election, The South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA) and Equality Australia want to hear about LGBTIQA+ issues that matter to you.

Find out more and take the short survey here.

[2021 Lived Experience Awards]: Nominations close Monday 30th August

The Mental Health Coalition of SA (MHCSA) and the Mental Health Commissioners are seeking nominations for the 2021 Lived Experience Awards. The awards are honouring the outstanding achievements of individuals who use their mental health lived experience in a designated consumer or carer role and students who are currently studying, will complete or have completed the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work in the current calendar year.

You can find out more and nominate here.

[Mindshare Awards]: Nominations close Monday 9th August

Entries are open to South Australians with lived experience of mental illness. Mindshare historically works alongside creatives living with complex mental health challenges who’ve identified expressive arts or storytelling as an important tool in their recovery journey. If this is something you identify with, we strongly encourage you to enter.

You can find out more and nominate here.

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[Submissions Open]: UNHEARD, Lived Experience Collective Zine, Issue 2

LELAN are calling for submissions for our second edition of our lived experience collective zine UNHEARD.

Issue one focused on navigating uncertain times & life disruption, with painting, photography, poetry and collages being submitted. Issue two will look at ‘Stories of Activation’, we want to hear about what motivated people to get involved in advocacy and activism in the lived experience space (or beyond). This might include people who inspired you, books, poetry, videos or a movement.

Get in touch if you have questions, or send us your submissions to info@lelan.org.au or HERE.

[Lived Experience Webinar Event]: Suicide Prevention Australia - Knowledge Exchange (Beginning Tuesday 3rd August)

Suicide Prevention Australia are hosting a series of webinars to showcase best practice in suicide prevention and postvention. The series kicks off on Tuesday 3rd August, with LELAN’s Executive Director, Ellie Hodges, speaking. 

The dates of the webinars are:
1. Tuesday 3rd August – Safe Spaces: Exploring safe spaces and their role in providing a non-clinical alternative.

2. Tuesday 2nd November – Aftercare: Aftercare models and best practice implementation for broad community reach.

3. Tuesday 1st March 2022 – Communicating about suicide and stigma

Find out more and register here.

[Story Teller Call-out]: International Day of People with Disability - ABC (Closes Monday 9th August)

The ABC are looking to commission a series of factual stories to be publised and broadcast across ABC platforms for International Day of People with Disability 2021. They are asking for articles, audio or video formats and could be your lived experience, an issue you see affecting your community, a stereotype you want to dispel or a celebration of life as a person with disability. This is a paid opportunity if selected.

Find out more here.

[Lived Experience Workforce Conference]: Dialogue 2021 - Lived Experience Workforce Conference (Friday 20th August)

Brook RED in partnership with MHLEEN (Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network) are holding Dialogue 2021 in Brisbane on Friday 20th August. The goal of this one day conference is to provide lived experience workers a chance to connect together in-person and reflect, explore and strengthen lived experience practice.

Find out more and register here.

[Lived Experience Representative Opportunities]: CALHN - Consumer and Carer Representative Roles (Promoted early June)

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network’s Mental Health Clinical Program is recruiting for Consumer and Carer Representatives. The Consumer/Carer Representative role may include holding a position on a committee, co-facilitating education for staff, completing audits and gathering feedback from current consumers and carers. People who have accessed CALHN Mental Health services in the past three years and those from the following populations;

  • LGBTIQIA+
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Lived experience of homelessness
  • Youth (16-25)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

…are encouraged to express their interest to the Coordinator Consumer Engagement at Rebecca.Langman@sa.gov.au

Peer Work Vacancies - Various

[Community Rehabilitation Support Worker with Mission Australia] (Closes Wednesday 28th July). Working within Mission Australia’s Wellness Connect program, the Community Rehabilitation Support Worker will provide client-led recovery oriented, trauma informed mental health support. People with lived experience are encouraged to apply. Find out more and apply here.

[Toward Home Peer Worker with Sonder] (Closes Friday 30th July).  Sonder are seeking a lived experience peer worker to join their Toward Home Alliance. Using their personal experience of homelessness challenges, the Peer Worker will provide and hold hope, inspiration and empowerment for wellbeing and recovery for clients. Find out more here.

[Toward Home Aboriginal Peer Outreach Worker with Sonder] (Closes Saturday 31st July). The Aboriginal Peer Outreach Worker will work within the Toward Home Service. They will utilise their personal experience of homelessness challenges and recovery to engage with the people experiencing homelessness. You will draw from a strengths based recovery orientated service of care and act as a role model for Aboriginal people experiencing homelessness with contributing health factors. Find out more and apply here.

[Family Peer Support Worker with Sonder] (Closes Friday 13th August). Sonder are seeking a Family Peer Support Worker to join their emerge service. The Family Peer Support Worker will provide peer support to families and significant others of young people being seen within the emerge service. You can find out more and apply here.

[Recovery Coach with Aspire Recovery Connection] (Promoted late July). The Aspire Recovery connection team are seeking a number of Recovery Coaches to join them. An authentic lived experience team, providing recovery-oriented outreach support for people living with significant mental and emotional distress.Find out more and apply here.