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Learn more about the artwork and theme

Informing the visual identity for Queensland Mental Health Week in 2023 is the artwork 'Stronger connection creates strong health' by proud Mayi woman, Leah Cummins.

Commissioned by CheckUP (coordinator of Queensland Mental Health Week), the painting is Leah’s interpretation of the theme 'Awareness, Belonging, Connection' and tells a story of connecting to a healthier life, "back to the ways of our ancestors", and the important role country and community play in people's social and emotional wellbeing.

Amongst the plethora of beautiful colours and patterns used in the artwork and overall visual identity are several with multi-layered meanings. Purple (for positivity, empowerment, belonging, bravery, and encouragement of creativity) and green (for balance, harmony, personal development, self-acceptance, compassion for self and others, renewal, love of nature, and a love of family, friends, pets, and home) feature predominately as the official colours for Queensland Mental health Week. The footprints represent different people’s journeys with their mental health and the rivers that flow in this painting have people sitting around the waterholes in green.

To enable a diverse array of uplifting promotional assets to be created, Leah provided the piece in both painted and digital formats. Leah’s message to the Queensland community through this artwork is one shared with love and harmony. Learn more about Leah and the artwork

About the theme

The new theme for Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) in 2023 is ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’, reflecting the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

  • Awareness is about understanding the things we need to maintain and boost our mental wellbeing, and knowing when we need to reach out for help and where to get it.
  • Belonging is about looking out for each other, ensuring we feel safe and supported, and understanding that however we feel, we’re not alone, and that there are others going through the same thing.
  • Connection is about our relationships with our friends, families, and those that we care about, as well as the groups, clubs, and networks around us that we rely on to help keep us happy and healthy, wherever we live, work, or play.