Mental Health Week

Come and be part of Woden Community Service’s celebration of Mental Health Week 2015.

Hope and Recovery Q & A Forum

We’ll be hosting the inaugural Hope and Recovery (H&R) Forum based on the ABC Q&A program.

There is a lot of research and lived experience that shows the importance of 'hope' in recovery from severe mental illness.

A panel of guest speakers with lived experience (both consumers and carers) will reflect on the part ‘hope’ has played in their lives.  Plus, they’ll be part of a bigger discussion with audience members. (See below for how to submit questions before the event).

Specifically, the panel members are:
1. David Pereira, one of Australia's most accomplished cellists
2. Doris Kordes, Mental Health Carers Policy Officer, Carers ACT
3. David Jenkins, Peer Facilitator, MI Fellowship
4. David Lovegrove, Stretch Teacher and Health and Wellbeing Advocate
5. Shea Maree Nicholls, MIEACT Presenter
6. Jane Williams, ACT Mental Health Consumer Network.

And will be moderated by Ben Matthews, Chair, ACT Mental Health Consumer Network.

Forum details:

Date:  Thursday, 8 October 2015
Time:  2pm to 4pm     
Place:  Level 1, Meeting Room 6, Griffin Centre, Genge St, Canberra City
Catering:  Afternoon tea provided
RSVP:  Email Kath Laffey at or call (02) 6221 9521 by Friday, 2 October.

Get Involved:

People with lived experience of mental illness, their families and friends, as well as service providers are encouraged to contribute to the forum discussion. You can email your questions in advance to


Poster - Hope and Recovery Q&A Forum Poster - Hope and Recovery Q&A Forum (5255 KB)

What does hope mean to you?

Share with us what 'hope' means to you.

How do you picture, feel, experience and find hope? We’d like to know how you picture hope through art, a quote, a poem, a story or whatever way you would like to express yourself.

Please email your creations to by Friday, 2 October or submit them in person to Kath at Parkview (The Smith Family Building in Woden).

Your creations will be displayed at the Hope and Recovery Forum during ACT Mental Health Week. 


Flyer - What does 'Hope' mean to you? Flyer - What does 'Hope' mean to you? (1486 KB)

Mental Health Expo

We’ll be showcasing our Mental Health Services at the Mental Health Expo.

Date:       Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Time:       10am to 2pm     
Place:      Southern Cross Club at Woden, 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip
Contact:  Kath Laffey on (02) 6221 9521 or email

Come and see us and grab a WCS showcase bag!