28 February 2019

What is important to you in improving mental health services and supports?

People in South Eastern NSW are invited to participate in a  consultation with the Mental Health Commission of NSW to talk about what is working well, where things could be improved, and to listen to what your priorities for change are.  

The Commission will be in Bateman’s Bay on Thursday 21 March and Friday 22 March 2019. This visit is part of a larger program across NSW where ten community consultations are being held between March and July 2019.  

The Commission is undertaking a mid-term review of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014 – 2024, the 10-year plan for mental health reform in NSW. These consultations will inform our advice to Government on where the future priorities lie for ongoing improvements in mental health services and supports to improve the lives and outcomes for people with mental health issues.  

The voice, experiences and expertise of communities across New South Wales, people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, of service providers, and people who work or are interested in mental health and wellbeing are essential to getting this right. 

The consultation will include demonstrations from local people about programs and initiatives that address local mental health and wellbeing needs in innovative ways.  

There will also be an opportunity for people to contribute their views on what the future focus should be to improve outcomes for people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, their families, kinship groups and communities in the local region over the next five years. 

Following each consultation, a selection of  programs and initiatives will be showcased on the  Commission website. The Commission will also report back to the community on the main issues it heard in these consultations, via a report on the website.  

“I am very much looking forward to meeting with the diversity of people across NSW and hearing about their plans for building mentally healthy communities,” said NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey. “Each community is different, and it is important to listen to their knowledge and expertise.” 

“I am pleased that the consultations will also involve showcasing the results of local collaborations and innovative ways of working, which I know will inspire and inform the many people who are committed to improving mental health outcomes for themselves, their families and communities.” 

The Commission welcomes people with a lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups, community members and representatives from primary health networks, local health districts, community-managed organisations, local government and local organisations and other services to attend the consultation. 

The Commission will also be conducting  focussed consultations and agency meetings in 2019. To see the schedule or find out more information about the Living Well mid-term review or how you can participate, visit the Commission website.

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Last updated: 28 February 2019