The Mental Health Foundation Australia (Victoria) is one of the oldest Mental Health associations in Australia, originating in 1928. Over many years, the Foundation has been active in promoting Mental Health awareness and advocating for the rights of consumers. The Foundation has coordinated Mental Health Week in Victoria for many consecutive years and has a long history in the development of peer support groups, with six currently established groups. We also provide telephone information and counselling service, educational services, and we give voice to a range of issues through various bodies to improve community mental health.
The current board has taken a step to raise mental health awareness in different multicultural community groups. We are also working on establishing a 1300 number for those who are in need of support services and a panel of health professionals and experienced community elders to assist those who require counselling and professional help.
We are also currently working on a user-friendly website. The Mental Health Foundation of Australia for many years used to organise the Golden Opportunity Ball to raise funds and promote mental health awareness. From this year, we are taking a different approach to connect various community groups in Victoria such as Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Fijian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Bangladeshi, Turkish, African, Greek, Italian etc. by organising a Multicultural Gala Dinner and making it an annual event. We are expecting at least 400 guests with entertainment and silent auctions to raise funds to improve the services of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia to benefit members of the community. This year’s inaugural dinner will be hosted at the Hungarian Community Centre; 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna 3152 for a 7 for 7:30 pm start on the 13th of May.