This Report Card provides a summary of key achievements of Brimbank City Council’s Mental
Wellbeing Plan 2022-2024 over the past financial year. The plan aims to support improved
mental wellbeing in the Brimbank community. The Victorian Department of Health defines
mental wellbeing as ‘a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual
wellbeing in which a person can develop to their potential, cope with the normal stresses of
life, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others and
contribute to the community’.
‘Supporting improved mental wellbeing’ is a health and wellbeing priority for Brimbank
City Council, and Council is working internally, and with its partners and the broader
community, to achieve this goal.
Mental Wellbeing
Plan 2022-24
Community Report Card 2022-23

Priority 1: Council as Advocate
New one-stop Mental Health Hubs for adults,
children and families opened in October 2022
and the Brimbank-Melton region was selected in
the first tranche of the Mental Health in Primary
Schools program.
Council, in partnership with LeadWest, is advocating
for $200,000 from the State Government for
a dedicated youth mental health program. This
project aims to work with service providers, health
professionals and young adults to design a program
tailored to their needs.
Council is a member of the Social Prescribing
Project Control Group which is overseeing the
implementation of social prescribing trials in the new
Mental Health and Wellbeing Local Services.

Priority 2: Council as Enabler
Council delivered Youth Mental Health First Aid
Training to adults to support young people aged
between 12 and 18 years. The training program
was delivered at Taylors Lakes Secondary College,
Victoria University Secondary College and St Albans
Secondary College.
Council’s Youth Counsellors and support officers
have supported 54 young people through individual
counselling support sessions.
Council delivered the Tuning into Teens program to
parents across Brimbank. Tuning into Teens is a six
session parenting program for parents of teens to
help teens develop emotional intelligence.
Council launched the Men’s Health Mental Health
Campaign consisting of five wellbeing tips videos.
Library Services conducted digital literacy sessions
for Burmese women and other marginalised ethnic
communities. Neighbourhood Houses delivered
the Digital Literacy program run in partnership with
Jesuit Community College. Council also established
an iPad Learning Group which rotated through
library branches. The program allows community
members to loan an iPad from the library and
attend six weekly sessions.
In the past financial year Council approved eight
community grant funding applications totalling
$53,920 for mental wellbeing initiatives.
For Mental Health Week in October 2022, Council
organised activities that included meditation and
yoga sessions, community bike rides, nature walks
and a webinar.
Council hosted the ‘in between stability’ drawings
and embroidery exhibition by Cassie Harper,
showcasing how art provides emotional therapy.
Council hosted several social support events targeted
at the LGBTQIA+ community, including a Trans
Awareness Week Short Film Gala, a Q&A Youth
LGBTQIA+ Trivia Night. The Crystal Queer program
developed the ‘Ida the Hobbit and the Crystal Queer
Deers’ podcast in partnership with Duke Street
Neighbourhood House. Council also held a panel
discussion on the lived experience of trans and
gender diverse creatives in the community as part of
the Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival.
Council developed the Young@Heart program
supporting adult digital literacy, and the Future
Wood Workers Program supporting primary
school children’s training in woodwork.

In May 2023 Council held two Mental Health &
Wellbeing workshops for volunteers.
Delivered the first two phases of the ‘Inclusive
Communities at the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness
Centre collective impact program run in partnership
with tenant partners. The program engages different
cohorts of people who are at risk of social isolation
and poor mental wellbeing and has focused on carers
and single parents.
Council implemented a range of programs at Leisure,
Sport and Recreation facilities to foster inclusion for
people who traditionally face barriers to participate
in physical activity due to social isolation and stigma.
Programs included water safety sessions to the Chin–
Burmese Early Years Playgroup as part of the Living
in Your Neighbourhood program, Iraqi Womens and
Children’s Program, and the Leisure Centres Senior
Members Christmas Party.
A total of 22 youth ‘pop-up’ sessions were
conducted outside the Visy Cares Hub and Victoria
University Sunshine Trades Campus. In partnership
with Youth Junction Inc. and the Western Bulldogs
Community Foundation, activities included soccer,
basketball, music and food events targeting
disengaged young people.
Council delivered the Drumbeat Program in five
secondary schools and a mental wellbeing program
supporting body image in two primary schools. R U
OK? Day was celebrated online, via the Crystal Queer
RUOK Day Party and in Brimbank Schools.
Council partnered with Duke Street
Neighbourhood House, CommUnity Plus and the
local community to co-design Hunters Patch, a
multi-use outdoor space for social connection and
community-led group activities.
As part of Men’s Health Week Council offered twelve
mental health activities including healthy eating and
cooking workshops, exercise, a woodwork session
for father figures to connect with their children and
other men, a sensory modulation workshop and a
Yarning Circle. The main event was a talk by former
AFL premiership player, Tom Boyd who shared his
journey with mental health.
Council offered a series of programs to support social
connection including the Women’s Conversation Club,
Rake and Create Cultural Group, Strength Together
Acquired Brain Injury Group and Westvale Men’s Shed
Social Sessions.
Priority 3: Council as Facilitator
Council established a formal partnership with
cohealth as the provider of the new Brimbank
Mental Health and Wellbeing Local service. Council
secured funding from cohealth to establish a new
Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnerships Officer to
facilitate organisational linkages and help identify
and resolve barriers in mental health access, service
delivery, and navigation.

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