Peak Speaks is a monthly webinar series hosted by MHCN featuring free talks and Q&A sessions with guests with lived experience and professionals in the mental health and caring field.
Peak Speaks is designed foremost for mental health carers to gain new knowledge and skills, connect with service providers and find support amongst a community of like-minded people who share similar challenges and journeys.
We also invite professionals working in mental health or those who support carers to attend the sessions to develop a greater awareness of the ways in which we can create a society that caters to the needs of carers and their loved ones.
The topics covered in Peak Speaks vary depending upon the needs of mental health carers or to reflect themes of key events such as mental health month.
In the past we have presented topics that cover everything from self-care and leadership strategies to creating space for carers from marginalized population groups to share their experiences and seek support. Some of our topics have included:
- Life as a Young Carer with Little Dreamers
- Carers as Leaders: Exploring the many ways carers exercise leadership with Nat Ellis from Verge Collaborative
- Tuning into Carer Lived Experience special event for Carer’s Week & Mental Health Month featuring the NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey, Mental Health Coordinating Council Principal Policy Adviser Corinne Henderson, Suicide Prevention Australia Senior Policy Advisorr Caitlin Bambridge and Carer Lived Experience Representatives, Anne Stedman and Andrew Pryor.
Peak Speaks takes place for one hour over Zoom and is a completely free initiative.
The webinars are held in an informal manner, designed to be flexible to fit in with your lunch break or caring duties. We invite participants to ask questions, share ideas and connect with the community.
If you or someone from your workplace would like to present at a Peak Speaks, please email MHCN at MHCNadmin@mentalhealthcarersnsw.org