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Enrol now for 2018 courses at MHAPS

Wednesday, December 06, 2017   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: mental health, stress, mental wellbeing, Courses, mindfulness, anxiety

Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support (MHAPS) offers a number of course to improve your wellbeing and resilience.

Register to secure your place on any of these courses by phone or email (365 9479 or reception[at]

You can also contact the Learning Exchange Manager Ian for more information (365 9479 or lex-manager[at]

MHAPS also offers peer support, peer advocacy, support groups, a drop-in centre, a consumer participation group and a volunteer-run radio show.

All courses listed take place at 826 Colombo Street (corner of Peterborough Street).


This is a comprehensive change programme that MHAPS have developed for people experiencing moderate to high levels of anxiety. The 11-week programme has a strong track record in fostering change and assisting people to lead the life they want rather than the life that anxiety leaves them with.

Dates: Starting on Wednesday 7th February 2018.
Cost: FREE. Limited places available.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

WRAP assists a person to become their own best advocate and to gather the support they need to maintain their own wellbeing.

WRAP is a very effective programme developed by Mary Ellen Copeland to help people who are in recovery from any mental health or addictions issue to:

  • Stay as well as possible
  • Keep track of difficult feelings and behaviors and to develop recovery action plans
  • what to do for them when they are feeling so bad that they can’t make good decisions
  • Reduce the barriers to learning commonly experienced by people in distress.

Dates for the next course TBC.
Cost: $10 per person. Limited places available.

Breathing and Relaxation with Rosemary Manning

There is always a physical reaction to stress. Recognition of this is the first step towards being able to control your reactions.

A dysfunctional breathing pattern is seen in many conditions including asthma, ‘burnout,’ chronic hyper-ventilation, anxiety, insomnia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Control of physical symptoms prevents an escalating spiral of symptoms and it gives a sense of power and improved coping skills. Learning to breathe correctly can help the management of these and many other conditions.

Rosemary’s experience and her facilitation style allow you ample opportunities on this 5-week programme to practice learning to relax your muscles and to breather correctly. In your own time between workshops you are encouraged to make these techniques a part of your way of being.

Dates and Time: 5 Thursday evenings from 6 to 7.30pm. Dates for the next course TBC.
Cost: $75 per person. Limited places available.

Mindfulness with Kathy Hughes

It’s a busy world. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work, and then plan your weekend. But in the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing your connection with the present moment— missing out on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling.

Over time with our busy, demanding and hard-edged lives we silently build up our levels stress, anxiety and sometimes depression. Unrecognised and unrelieved stress and distress can become our norm.

Mindfulness exercises are simple attention exercises focusing on our breath or physical sensations in an accepting and non-judgemental way. There is much research that shows how helpful mindfulness is in relieving distress, alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression and increasing feelings of wellbeing.

Kathy’s 4-week programme makes mindfulness practice accessible, understandable and achievable. Her objective is mindfulness practice that is able to be integrated into a person’s everyday life. Kathy can also provide access to group support to that maintains and strengthens useful mindfulness practice outside this programme.

Dates and Time: 4 Thursday evenings from 7 to 8.30pm. Dates for the next course TBC.
Cost: $55 per person. Limited places available.

Thrive: A wellbeing action plan

thrive is a new 5-week series of two-hour workshops that assists you to form your own plan for your wellbeing and to become an effective advocate for yourself.

Dates for the next course TBC.

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