BIAT Partnerships and Mental Health Awareness

January 15, 2019

Recap the cafe conversation on neurological conditions and mental health as part of Mental Health Week 2018.

The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania is a member of Neurological Alliance Tasmania (NAT) - an alliance of 10 not-for-profit organisations representing or supporting the many thousands of Tasmanians living with or affected by neurological or progressive neuromuscular conditions.

Other member organisations include: Epilepsy Tasmania, Stroke Foundation (Tasmania), Huntington’s Tasmania, Muscular Dystrophy Tasmania, MS Get Involved (Tasmania), Alzheimer’s Australia (Tasmania), Motor Neurone Disease Association of Tasmania, Parkinson’s Tasmania, and Spina Bifida Association Tasmania. For more information go to: https://www.natasmania.com.au/

Research shows people living with brain injury are at increased risk of experiencing depression, other mental health problems, and suicide. In October 2018 Neurological Alliance Tasmania (NAT) held a cafe conversation on neurological conditions and mental health as part of Mental Health Week 2018.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Bellerive Yacht Club to support and participate in this fantastic event, and to the Mental Health Council of Tasmania for their financial contribution to the event. NAT is especially grateful to guest speakers Dr Helen Castley (neurologist), Dr Cynthia Honan (clinical neuropsychologist), and Assoc. Prof. Des Graham (person with MS, MS board member) for sharing their experience and expertise, and to facilitator Wendy Groot (Epilepsy Tasmania) for encouraging discussion on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing.

Panel of people sitting at the NAT launch
Panellists talk to the audience as a part of Mental Health Week 2018.
Group of people sitting at NAT cafe conversation
The cafe conversation was well attended

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