Communities to benefit from mental health grant funding boost

Communities across Queensland are set to benefit from a boost in funding to the Queensland Mental Health Week 2021 Community Events Grant Program. 

In recognition of the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic said the Commission had increased its funding for the program by $18,500.

“The uncertainty and unpredictability of the pandemic, and prolonged stressors such as worries about health risks, unemployment, financial hardship and social isolation all contribute to an increased level of mental health vulnerability for Queenslanders,” Mr Frkovic said.

“This has led me to increase our pool to $118,500, which will be shared by 109 community organisations stretching from the Gold Coast north to Cairns, and across the outback.”

The program provides individual grants up to $3,000 to local government, not-for-profits, companies, community groups and schools hosting events and activities during Queensland Mental Health Week.

Many events will link with local mental health services and focus on wellbeing education, as well as incorporate this year’s theme ‘Take time – for mental health’.

“This year as we commemorate Queensland Mental Health Week, it is more important than ever for us to take time for our own mental health, learn the skills to build positive wellbeing, and to look out for those we know and love,” Mr Frkovic said.

“The six building blocks of our mental health and wellbeing are: get healthy, keep learning, show kindness, connect more, take notice and embrace nature.”

CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy, whose organisation administers the grant program and coordinates Queensland Mental Health Week on behalf of the Commission, said the increased investment into the grant pool would benefit communities across the state.

“This year there were 229 applications from every corner of Queensland – and the judging panel was incredibly impressed by the number, quality, and calibre of events,” she said

“Grassroot events provide a focal point for awareness, education and understanding, and this funding increase will enable even more communities to host activities.”

To participate in Queensland Mental Health Week (9-17 October) events, visit

For 24/7 crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. In an emergency, call 000.

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Publicity contacts
Lisa Maynard, CheckUP,, 0428 433 572
Kate Southwell, Queensland Mental Health Commission,, 0409 275 385

Funded events

Please see below a full listing of successful grant recipients from the 2021 Queensland Mental Health Week Community Events Grant Program.

All applicants were advised on whether they were successful in September. Applicants should email if they have any enquiries.

Organisation Event title
4 Voices Global limited Pampering with a Purpose
Alexandra Hills State High School P&C Association Mental Health Warrior Week
ARAFMI Ltd. Take Time to Connect
Art Therapy Gold Coast auspiced by Heal.ed Tribe Take Time: A creative exploration into the benefits of art making and
mental health.
Arundel State School P&C Association Arundel State School Mental Wealth Day
Australian School of Meditation & Yoga Wellbeing Day Festival 2021
Australian Trade College North Brisbane Ltd The Australian Trade College North Brisbane and MRAEL QMHW 2021
Bellbird Park State Secondary College Mental Health Week Presentation and Breakfast
Bremer State High School P&C Association Bremer State High School Wellbeing Week
Broadbeach State School Healthy Minds – Healthy Bodies – Healthy Hearts
Bundaberg Region Suicide Prevention Network Inc. (withdrawn acceptance) The War Within: Take time for self-care
Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre Association Inc Burdekin Community – Taking Time for our Mental Health
Burdekin Shire Council Coffee & Connections Health and Wellbeing Expo
Burnie Brae Ltd Take time for mental health
Burnside State School P&C Association Take time for mental health with the Wheel of Wellbeing
Cairns RSL Sub Branch Buddy Up
Cairns School of Distance Education P&C Association Wellbeing Cards are a Handy Help
Caloundra State High School P and C Association Mental Health Week Projects
Capella, Tieri Middlemount Community Support Mental as Anything High Tea
Carinity Fassifern Community Centre Health and Wellness Expo
Churches of Christ in Queensland Youth CONNECTion Mental Health Week
Collective Action Social Impact Ltd t/as Gladstone Mindcare Gladstone Mindcare Community Connect
Communify ‘Take Time for Creativity’ Art Exhibition
Community Lifestyle Support Ltd The Struggle is Real
Community Plus Time out in West End
Corinda State High School P&C Corinda State High Wellbeing Mental Health Week and Expo
Cunnamulla State School P & C Association Mental Health Week
Currimundi Sports & Recreation Assn, Inc. Currimundi Hall Open Day
Eczema Support Australia Eczema Family Connections
Edens Landing State School Mental Health Week
endED LTD Nurture
Eumundi State School Wellbeing Week
Everton Park State School P&C EPSS Wellness Warriors –  Take Time to Connect
Foxwell State Secondary College Mental Health Week – Take Time
Generation Now Education, Training and Consultancy auspiced by Varsity Lakes Community Resources Centre Youth Mental Health First Aid
Glenala State High School P & C Glenala SHS Mental Health Week
Harristown State High School Mental Health Week activities
headspace Southport Together We Grow
headspace, Cairns headspace Cairns takes on Mental Health Week 2021!
Holidays for Health Holidays for Health Reunion Luncheon
HUB Community Projects Inc Wellbeing in community – South-West Brisbane
Hurricane Stars Club Inc Youth for Youth
InsideOutside Theatre Company Limited The 24-Hour Project
Jimboomba State School Take Time for Mental Health
Kimberley Park State School P&C Association Flourish @ KPSS
Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc. Art Workshop & Exhibition – Taking time for mental health
Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc. Men Making Time for Mental Health
Kuranda District State College P&C Association (withdrawn acceptance) Youth Mental Well-being Week
Livingstone Living Well (Suicide Prevention Leadership Group) auspiced by CQ Rural Division of General Practices Assn Inc Emu Park Men’s Shed: Mental Health Week Open Day
Livingstone Shire Council Wellness at the Coast
Lockyer Information & Neighbourhood Centre Inc. trading as:
Lockyer Community Centre
Whacky Mental Health Day 2021
Logan City Council Mind Matters Health Pit Stop
Mackay North State High School P&C Association Mental Health Week – Tools for Wellness
Marsden Primary P&C Association Community Livin’ Initiative 2021 – Mental Health and Our Students
Maxima Joblink New Beginnings
Miami State School P&C Association Miami Makes Time for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Micah Projects Ltd Mental Health and Homelessness Forum
Mind Australia Limited Take Time for Your Mind Expo
Mind Australia Limited Take Time to Walk for Pride
Miners Common Museum, Arts & Cultural Centre Inc WoW Yourself @ Sapphire
Mossman and District Gymnastics Club Inc. MDGC Mindful Morning – Free Open Day
Mount Isa Aboriginal Controlled Health Services LTD T/a
headspace Mt Isa
Hit the hill with headspace
Mulgrave Landcare Catchment Group Inc. Be Kind to Your Mind, Be in Nature to Unwind
MultiLink Community Services Inc. Logan Take Time for Healing & Remembrance Day
Neami National Take Time For Mental Health
Nerang State High School P&C Association Nerang High School Wellbeing Expo
Non Nobis Solum PTY LTD trading as PsychLab Speed Dating a Local Psychologist
North Burnett Community Service Inc. Taking Time Together
North West Queensland Indigenous Catholic Social Services Healthy Body & Healthy Mind
Ormeau Woods State High School We’re all in this together: Take Time for Mental Health
Pacific Arts & Cultural Heritage Inc First Nations Cultural Wellbeing Expo
Picabeen Community Association Inc. Take time for self-care, Mental Health Week Expo
Pimlico State High School Pimlico Mental Health Festival
Queensland Council for LGBTI Health The QC Mental Health Week Extravaganza
Queensland Country Women’s Association – Blackall Branch Mental Health Matters
Rathdowney & Districts Memorial Grounds Association Community Picnic
Redland Bay State School Parents and Citizens Association Connecting with Community
Returned & Services League Of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sunnybank Sub-branch Inc. Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland
Branch) Murgon RSL Sub-Branch Inc.
Change Can Happen
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Samford Sub-Branch Inc. Animal Assisted Therapy – Hands on Education Day
Robina State High School Take 5! Queensland Mental Health Week @ Robina SHS
Rochedale State High School ‘”Take Time” for Mental Health Week
Run For MI Life Limited Run For MI Life Fun Runs – Mackay and Moranbah
selectability Mount Isa selectability Mental Health Week
selectability Mental Health Week Activities
Shailer Park State High School Brainstorm Week
Southport State High Independent Public School Southport High Mental Health Week
Spinifex State College Mental Health Week Spinifex State College
Springwood Road State School Find Your Voice Mental Health Festival
St John Ambulance Australia Queensland Limited Caring for Carers – Taking Time for Mental Health
Stanthorpe and District Men’s Shed Inc Let’s promote good mental health
Stride Mental Health Services Building better Mental Health: The Brick by Brick Wall Art Project
Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care Inc Taking Time for Mental Health
Tablelands Regional Council Ageing Well Expo
The Dr Edward Koch Foundation Limited All Of Us Festival – Celebrating Queensland Mental Health Week
The Family Place – The Salvation Army Mental Health Week Event
The Gap State High School TGSHS Mental Health Week Bonanza
The Junction Clubhouse Cairns Mad Hatters Tea Party in the Park
The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc. (trading as TMC
Thriving Multicultural Communities)
Seniors Take Time for Mental Health
The Trustee for Lumsden Psychology Trust Taking Time for Mental Health at Regional Saleyard events
Thrive in Work Stress Less Day
Tropical Brain & Mind Foundation Inc. (Mentally Healthy City Townsville) Lived Experience Arts in the Community
UQ Psychology Students’ Association Mental Health Week: Paws and Connect
Wesley Mission Queensland Escape Room Scavenger Hunt &Trivia Night with headspace Hervey
Worklink Group Ltd Let’s Talk About Mental Health
Yarrabilba State Secondary College Queensland Mental Health Week @ YSSC
Yeppoon State High School Parents and Citizens Association Take time for… ‘Having a Chat’ Breakfast
YMCA Brighton OSHC Opening of Inclusion Sensory Garden Family Day
Youth Flourish Outdoors Ltd Adventure therapy with YFO


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