The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales is an independent statutory agency responsible for monitoring, reviewing and improving mental health and wellbeing for people in NSW.
The Commission works with government and the community to secure better mental health and wellbeing for everyone, and availability of appropriate supports in or close to home when people are unwell or at risk of becoming unwell.
In all its work, the Commission is guided by the voice of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, their families and kinship groups. The Commission promotes policies and practices that recognise the autonomy of people who experience mental health issues and support their recovery, emphasising their personal and social needs and preferences.
In December 2014, the NSW Government adopted Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024, developed by the Commission following consultation with more than 2,000 people and organisations, including 800 people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, their families and kinship groups. Living Well set out a 10-year vision for mental health and wellbeing for everyone in NSW.
The Commission was established under the Mental Health Commission Act 2012 and reports to the Minister for Mental Health. The Commission is responsible for promoting the governing principles of the Act, which also requires public sector agencies to work co-operatively in providing services and supports to people with mental illness.