Townsville was the first city in Australia to take up the Mentally Healthy Cities challenge to support population-wide wellbeing. Mentally Health Cities Townsville (MHCT) is guided by the Tropical Brain & Mind Foundation to take action to support the communities within the Townsville City Council area to achieve a balance of mental health and wellbeing that enables their citizens to cope with the normal stresses of life, realise their abilities, participate in, and belong to community, and work productively.
Mentally Healthy City Townsville (MHCT) believes that “well-being is everyone’s business, and it starts with me!” Wellbeing happens in communities that work together to strengthen and nurture the environments where people live, work, and play to thrive and flourish.
MHCT works in collaboration with the Townsville City Council (TCC), Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS), Northern Qld Primary Health Network (NQPHN), Qld Mental Health Commission (QMHC), business community, and a range of other local stakeholders to build local wellbeing capacity to create, improve and grow community resources.
The MHCT Advisory Group and Champions works alongside the Community Engagement Officer to implement the MHCT Charter. The Community Engagement Officer also works with local communities to provide Awareness, Education and Early Intervention strategies and support.