Mental health community

Select a logo to visit an initiative, or scroll below to find out more about each.

A Lived Experience Worker is someone who is employed in a role that requires them to have lived experience of mental distress and recovery, either personally or as a family member/friend of someone who has.

They must be able to effectively apply this knowledge in practice within the context of their role, as well as within the values and principles and other frameworks that guide peer work practice.


In 2021, South Australia’s October mental health awareness programming is expanding from a week to a month!

Mental Health Awareness Month will join in to national events that aim to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day will be celebrated on Sunday October 10.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 is “We All Have A Role To Play”.


mindshare is a creative mental health community and online platform that provides a voice for those with lived experience of mental illness.

It is a space for sharing experiences or thoughts connected to mental health, in everyday observations or through art and storytelling.

mindshare welcomes all original creative work—short stories, poetry, blog posts, podcasts, paintings, music recordings, photography and much more.


AdMental is an entertaining event harnessing the power of marketing and advertising to help grow our collective understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

Inspired by ‘The Pitch’ segment on the television show The Gruen Transfer, two emerging creatives are mentored by advertising agencies and tasked with creating an advertisement to promote mental health.

The advertisements are shown to the audience and our expert judging panel, then discussed, and a winner chosen. The winner receives the Geoff Robertson Memorial Award and a one year scholarship to Award School.


The Festival of Now is a major event in Adelaide, held during South Australia’s Mental Health Awareness Month (October).

It is a celebration of mental health, creativity and inclusiveness that challenges stigma and promotes community connection. The Festival of Now is run by a committee of members from NGOs under the Mental Health Coalition of SA (MHCSA).

Attractions at the festival include live music and performance, free food, arts and crafts, games, animals, face painting, a chill-out zone, mental health and wellbeing information stalls and more.