Partnerships are at the heart of the work of the Commission, which is in a unique and fortunate position to work with a broad range of partners with which it shares values and a commitment to improving the mental health system in NSW.

Embedding a reform agenda relies on collaboration and opportunities to listen, learn, share and advocate with and on behalf of those who are closest to the challenges and achievements in the community.

The Commission partners with organisations that include people who have a lived experience of mental illness, and their families and carers, through consumer participation at all levels of planning, service delivery and policy development. It also partners with community and government groups that bring a regional or local collaboration focus to their work, because mental health reform needs to respond to specific needs in different areas of NSW. And it partners with organisations conducting research that can be translated readily into better practice.

The Commission works particularly closely with key mental health organisations to engage and empower consumers and carers, to ensure these constituencies can be authentically represented, and to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people in NSW:


Being is the independent, state-wide peak organisation for people with a lived experience of mental illness in NSW.

Being works with people to achieve and support positive changes in services, in public policy, through legislation and within the community more generally, with the goal of improving the wellbeing, lives and experiences of all people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Being holds consultations, carries out research and projects on key issues, delivers education and training to people with a lived experience of mental illness and organisations who work with them, and runs community events to strengthen understanding in the broader community. By collaborating with people with a lived experience, community and government groups, Being influences changes and improvements at the broader system-wide level.

Mental Health Carers NSW

Mental Health Carers NSW (‘MHCN’; formerly, ‘ARAFMI NSW’) is the NSW peak body for the families and carers of people with experience of mental illness. It regularly consults carers across NSW to gain insights into their experiences with the mental health system and their views about it. This includes convening regular Carer Peak Advisory Committees and other forums to support its work with the Commission and the Ministry of Health.

MHCN uses the lived experience of carers to provide feedback on policies and services to the Commission, government and service providers. MHCN also operates a state wide Helpline for carers to provide general support and referral to their local mental health services, as well as providing psycho-education, advocacy and other relevant training to support carer champions/leaders, and is working to develop networks of carer advocates across the state and across sectors, particularly through its weekly e-news Mental Health Carer Weekly Digest.

MHCN supports carers making a difference to the NSW mental health system and other human services that support mental health carers and their loved ones. By influencing changes in policy, legislation and service provision, MHCN makes a positive difference to the mental health system for carers.


WayAhead plays a vital role in the development of mental health initiatives which increase community awareness and knowledge of mental health issues. It works in partnership with others to address the stigma around mental illness and to promote mental health and wellbeing through public education, support and advocacy. WayAhead strives for a society that understands, values and actively supports the best possible mental health and wellbeing for all people. Wayahead also plays a prominent role in Mental Health Month.


beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in Australia.

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. beyondblue works to give everyone in Australia the confidence to speak openly about anxiety, depression and suicide – both to seek support when they need it and to check in with those close to them – and tackle prejudice and discrimination wherever they exist.

beyondblue’s tools, resources and services create mentally healthy environments. Through beyondblue’s dedicated programs, they support schools, universities, workplaces and community organisations to protect and promote good mental health.

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Last updated: 19 January 2021