November 2014

Karumah wishes to say “Thank You” to those who donated gifts for our annual fundraising event.

Thank-you[1]We have had a number of items donated to Karumah for our fundraising event the “Red Party” being held on Friday 21st November at the Gallipoli Club in Hamilton. All monies raised from the evening go towards Karumah programs for our service users.

Firstly and foremost we wish to say thanks to the Gallipoli Club who made a financial donation as well as donating a slab of Crown Lagers for the evening.

Lollypotz in Hamilton who donated a wonderful box of Chocolates and wine for our lucky door prize.

We have had a number of volunteers and service users who we won’t name but who have donated items and their time to this event and we say a great big “Thank You” to them too.

And finally to Dingo Dudes – Rainbow Runner – Northern Star Hotel – Dick Smith – Event Cinemas – Taronga Zoo and Kodak for their kind donations and reduction in prices to assist us.

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Thank you – The Jetty BnB

land%20meets%20water_4c5b45a88a9d1[1]To the Jetty BnB at Coffs Harbour for donating with Travelonking a weekend package at their BnB. This prize can be taken any time up to December 2015, but not in school holiday periods. This will be drawn at the RED PARTY this Friday night 21st November, tickets for the raffle are still on sale.

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Thank you to our sponsors

thank you noteTravelonking – Talking Travel

Travelonking owner/manager Barry Warwick, didn’t hesitate to assist Karumah with a prize for our raffle to be drawn at our RED PARTY on Friday 21st November. Along with the Jetty BnB they have donated 2 nights accommodation at the Jetty – in Coffs Harbour. The accommodation must be used by December 2015 and can’t be taken in the school holiday periods.

A bit about Travelonking – ” Operating since 1999, they organise Domestic and International Tours, and when you book your holiday with them their reputation travels with you. They know how important your holiday is and will take care of all the little things, so you don’t have to. They’ll plan you the perfect holiday and you’ll find their knowledge and experience makes the difference.

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Living Well in our community


The Mental Health Commission of NSW is guided by the lived experience of people with a mental illness and their families and carers in all that we do.

For some people, medication will form part of this lived experience. Medicines may assist in leading an active and productive life, medicines may also be associated with poor health outcomes, and some people will never choose medicine to be part of their recovery.

This vast range of experiences signals that medication and mental illness is a complex and important issue in the Commission’s work to improve the mental health system in NSW.

In order to understand if the system is responding safely and sensitively to people’s needs, the Commission must know the impact that medication has on people’s lives.

To build our knowledge base the Commission has developed an issues paper, Medication and mental illness.  The development of the paper has been guided by the expert knowledge and experience of our Pharmacotherapy in Mental Health Advisory Group.

The paper provides an opportunity for people to contribute to discussions about medication and mental illness. The Commission is seeking your support with this public consultation by helping us reach consumers, carers, and professionals through your networks. People are encouraged to share with the Commission their experiences, issues and concerns.

Responses could include: – a positive/or negative experience with medication – difficulties with taking prescription medication for a mental illness – (if practising as a doctor) difficulty with prescribing medication for a mental illness – the financial costs of medication – challenges in using medication as a treatment for mental illness – suggestions for how to improve the treatment of mental illness using medication

We are collecting responses between 1 November and 30 November by: – online submission via our website – email to – toll free phone, 1800 831 133 – open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm to 14 November 2014.

I greatly appreciate your support in our endeavour to improve access to safe and effective care.

Yours sincerely

John Feneley NSW Mental Health Commissioner

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Movember is here again


The Movember Foundation aims to change this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, the idea is to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to learn and talk about their health and take action when needed.
As a global men’s health movement, the Movember Foundation has the ambition to contribute to improving the lives of men around the world. This will be achieved through programs we fund in the areas of – Awareness & Education, Living with Cancer, Research and Mental Health. We see success as moving the dial on progress towards:
  • Reduced mortality from prostate, testicular cancer and men’s suicide
  • Men living with prostate or testicular cancer being physically and mentally well
  • Men and boys understanding how to be mentally healthy and taking action when they experience mental health problems
  • Men and boys with mental health problems not being discriminated against

You can donate to support this great cause see the website for more information.


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Stanford House to Close?

 Stanford House
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Stanford House to close?

Stanford House Inc. wishes to advise that its current occupation of the premises in Stanmore is due to come an end by 31st December 2014. The house is owned by the Trustees of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. We thank them for their generous support of our work since 1991.The Daughters of Charity have now issued us with a notice to vacate the premises.

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