Events & Activities

2020 Mental Health Week Events

We’re excited to announce the program for Mental Health Week 2020.


Mental Health Week Launch
October 10
This World Mental Health Day, the MHCSA is inviting you to share ways you look after your wellbeing via a short video. Join SA’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing—the Honourable Stephen Wade MLC, MHCSA’s Executive Director Geoff Harris, and 2020 Mental Health Week Ambassador Nancy Bates as they share their thoughts on this year’s theme.


mindshare Group Exhibition
Rundle Mall, Hutt Street & Tynte Street Libraries, North Adelaide Community Centre & Online
mindshare’s Group Exhibition is an annual, collaborative event showcasing South Australian artists living with mental health challenges. Throughout the month of October, the MHCSA is exhibiting works from NEAMI Arts, Living Arts and select feature artists within the mindshare community. This year we are extending to all three Adelaide City Libraries, and hosting an exhibition launch at North Adelaide Community Centre on October 10. View the exhibition online here now!


Laughter Is The Best of Meds
The Jade
October 15
They say laughter is the best medicine, and this October we’re stretching the tummy muscles once again with plenty of laughs. The MHCSA are hosting a comedy night at The Jade, featuring stand-out comedians Mickey D, Josh Warrior, Lori Bell, Deb Bland, Marc Ryan, Boo Dwyer, and 2020 Mental Health Week ambassador Nancy Bates (+ friends!). Tickets on sale here.


Poetry For The Terrified
Zoom Workshop
October 10, 2pm-4pm
Poetry can be a powerful form of self-expression and is a great way to support wellbeing—improving mood, strengthening cognitive health and fostering positive self-reflection. This year, mindshare is hosting an online poetry workshop led by spoken word legends Alison Paradoxx and Wallis Prophet. Book your spot now.


Poetry Prescribed
Chateau Apollo
Friday October 16
What better way to build social connection than coming together to share stories and art? The MHCSA is teaming up with Draw Your (S)words poetry and the City of Adelaide to present an unforgettable night of music and spoken word from poets with lived experience of mental illness, and the general public. There’ll be an open mic, mindshare exhibit, and free kombucha for all! Tickets available here.


mindshare Awards
For the past four years, mindshare has delivered a creative writing competition for South Australians with lived experience of mental illness. Categories cover both experienced and emerging writers and poets. In 2020, we’ve partnered with Writers SA and Access2Arts to increase the reach of this important literary event. Winners will be announced October 16 at our spoken word night, Poetry Prescribed. View the 2020 shortlist now.


One Person, Many Stories
This year we are proud to partner with Nunkuwarrin Yunti on a poster campaign to promote wellbeing and reduce mental illness stigma in South Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. See prominent community leaders encourage self-care, community-care and help seeking in these unique posters embodying both vulnerability and strength. Available to order from October.


Hey Mate! 
Did you know that a construction worker is six times more likely to die by suicide than a workplace accident? This October we’re releasing a digital campaign to promote the mental health of those working in the construction industry and trades. Keep an eye out for “Josh”, “Ryan” and “Mike”—the MHCSA’s role models for what to do when you or your mate needs support.


MHCSA Lived Experience Awards
The MHCSA Lived Experience Awards honour the incredible lived experience work that is undertaken in South Australia. They recognise the contribution of those with lived experience of mental illness to the community mental health sector within the MHCSA membership. The Lived Experience Awards are led by the MHCSA’s Lived Experience Workforce Program.


Artists In Conversation
Live Interview at City Library
September 26
Audio & Transcription Online from October
In 2020, the MHCSA and mindshare are partnering with Access2Arts to host exciting creative conversations for the general public, interviewing local artists with lived experience of mental illness, and reflecting on creativity and community for wellbeing. This event will be digitally recorded and released online October 17.


mindshare Instagram Takeovers
Stuck in quarantine or don’t feel like leaving the house this Mental Health Week? Well, make sure you follow on Instagram! You’ll be able to tune into our interactive Instagram takeovers by local lived experience ambassadors and mindshare artists all Mental Health Week.


Mali Isabel: My Purpose as a young Indigenous Artist & My Wellbeing Journey
5pm Sundayy 11th of October

Luke Hunter: Anxiety & Art
6.30pm Monday 12th of October

Georgy Rochow: Living with OCD & Making Music
6.30pm Tuesday 13th of October

Bel Short: Creativity, Craft & A Little Bit of Panic Disorder
6.30pm Wednesday 14th of October

Edona Dzemaili: On Schizophrenia, Multiple Diagnosis, Inner Conflict and Arts
11am Thursday 15th of October

The Art of Trauma: Show & Tell with Daria Healy-Koljanin
11am Friday 16th of October

Nancy Bates & Anna Jeavons: Bipolar Q&A + Songs of Joy & Sorrow
2pm Saturday 17th of October


Rural Grants
Every year, the MHCSA allocates grants of up to $1,000 to support Mental Health Week activities throughout rural and regional SA. Find Mental Health Week events in your community through the MHCSA’s Events Calendar.


For more events and details, explore the MHCSA’s Mental Health Week Events Calendar here.

What are you doing for MHW?

We highly encourage you to host your own events or activities to spark and evolve mental health conversations in your community, and showcase the cultural value of lived experience voices. For ideas and suggestions, check out the MHCSA's "Your Mental Health Week" Resource here.


Have an event you'd like us to promote?

Download our 2020 Registration Form to register your activity on our Mental Health Week Calendar.