Celebrating October,
National Mental Health Month.

Connected Communities

Connected Communities

What does being mentally connected look like? Free education event for service professionals and the general community (min age 18)
Tuesday October 12, 2021
  •  12:00pm
  to 1:00pm
Cost: free
Location Online
Why are connections important to our mental wellbeing? What does being ‘mentally-connected’ look like?

Art of the Minds and genU Training (RTO 5553) are proud to invite you to join this year's Connected Communities Panel, bringing you interesting discussions to enrich your understanding of mental wellbeing for yourself and those you care about.

Connect to Community and join us on the day!


Chris Mackey
Mackey and Associates
Chris has 40 years’ clinical experience including 10 years as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Geelong and Heidelberg Repatriation Hospitals. Chris recently received the 2019 Australian Allied Health Impact Award for his clinical research, media involvement and for authoring a book on positive psychology and synchronicity, The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance your mental health with the power of coincidence. As a presenter of the television show Destination Happiness, he has now branched out into the world of Podcasts - Psych Spiels and Silver Linings (at www.chrismackey.com.au/podcast-2/).

Sarah Hosking
CARN – Community and Research Network
Sarah Hosking is an early career researcher working within Deakin University’s IMPACT Institute and co-chair of the Community and Research Network (CARN). Sarah’s research focuses on the health effects of social disadvantage, and the ways healthcare systems and healthcare providers can improve health for marginalised populations. As co-chair of CARN, Sarah helps to facilitate connections between researchers in the Geelong region and the wider community. CARN aims to promote consumer voices in research and make researchers more accessible to the community.

Rob Lytzki
Founder and Program Director
Rob is one of the driving forces behind Foundation 61 and has been there from the beginning. His passion and vision for a ministry that helps individuals with life controlling issues stems from his personal experience and struggles with addictions. Rob’s desire is to share the hope that he has found with others and in turn see them share in that hope.

Jules Haddock
Art of the Minds
Jules has over 30 years’ experience in supporting vulnerable people in the community. As a Mental Health Educator for GenU Training, she impresses the importance of understanding mental health for all.
Owner of The Anxious Bird, she shares her own story of Lived experience and recovery through education. Author of Chirpee The Anxious Bird, and Finding Faith in Mental illness, she also is a practicing artist, celebrating the freedom of mental health in her paintings. As President of The Art of The Minds Festival held every October during National Mental Health month in The Surf Coast Shire, she encourages creative avenues for conversations centred on our mental wellbeing.

Jenn Polley
Barwon Health Carer Support
Jenn is a nurse with over 20 years’ experience working at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Barwon Health. Personal tragedy led to a change in career path in 2008, and she joined Barwon Health Carer Support. Jenn is passionate about supporting unpaid family carers within the Barwon South West region, working with her team to provide a service that is tailored to each carer’s needs. Throughout many sector changes, guideline overhauls and program modifications Jenn and the team have remained firmly committed to ensuring that carers have a service which is just for them, that they can connect with other carers, and that they feel supported and valued as they care for loved ones in the community.

Nicole Scott
Peer Support Worker
Nicole (she/her) is a passionate mental health advocate and peer support worker with her own experience of mental ill health. She aspires to inspire others to see their own worthiness through sharing her story and supporting others with their mental health challenges. She has worked with many organisations both locally and nationally sharing insights of young people's experiences, advocating for change and increasing mental health literacy.
Call Organiser: 0439 610 394

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