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Australian Psychosis Conference 2018

As well as speaking at TheMHS Adelaide in August 2018, Dr Mark Tayar will be sharing his personal experiences of psychosis and storytelling research funded by SANE Australia at the Australian Psychosis Conference in Sydney.  The conference has a discounted rate for consumers and carers.

One of the keynote speakers Professor Patrick Corrigan is a leading academic with many publications on stigma reduction – one of our primary areas of interest for all three of our flagship initiatives. There will also be consumer, carer, professional and academic stories of psychosis.

If you are a carer or consumer, there is also a free public forum that you don’t even need to book for on September 13, 6-8pm at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

To catch Mark’s speech you will need a paid registration to attend on Saturday September 15, 12pm in the SMC Grand Lodge.

Mad Stories at TheMHS

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) conference will be held this year in Adelaide on August 28-31, 2018. With about 1000 delegates expected, our Founder Dr Mark Tayar will be presenting the results of a storytelling project funded through the SANE Australia Hocking Fellowship (for 2017/18).

Mark will be promoting Mad Stories and expanding the MadNarrative community of artists, actors and writers to locals in Adelaide and conference delegates from around Australia and New Zealand.

We thank TheMHS for providing Mark with free flights and a free full conference registration as part of a bursary.

Going to TheMHS 2018? Mark is speaking at 10.30am on Friday Aug 31 in Riverbank Room 3.

You Betta Werk!

One of our three flagship projects is the MadWorkers initiative. Just as MadNarrative has fun names for members of its community (MadWriters, MadArtists and MadActors!), MadWorkers calls members of its staff network ‘Werkers’ after they have done our training.

Why ‘Werk?

  • From the quality source that is Urban Dictionary, ‘Werk’ means “a congratulatory exclamation of approval“.
  • Werk has been popularised by Rupaul Charles as a proclamation for the pursuit of fabulousness.
  • We all do some kind of work, but werkers do their work with a flair for diverse thinking and standing out from the crowd.
  • We werk but we have fun doing it if we can.

Financial Services: Our Initial Target

We have been focused mostly on large corporate banks and insurance companies. They need a bit of good press for some reason. We are happy to help out as long as they make real changes to their corporate culture and better support staff, customers and the wider Australian community.

Despite their bad wrap, they are the industry that quickly came on board with initiatives like Huffington’s Thrive movement, mindfulness at work, rewards for healthier customers and significant support for great mental health initiatives like SuperFriend.

Interested in being a Werker? Please contact us.

New Website

Welcome to our new website. We launched in 2016 but have refreshed our brand and created this new website. Stay tuned for much more news from our projects as we use stories of mental illness and health to relieve distress and reduce stigma at Australian workplaces, universities/colleges and in our community.

To follow our community of mental health consumers, carers and advocates on social media, check out madnarrative.org