The Commission would like to acknowledge and thank the more than 2,000 people who contributed to the development of the Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW, to which this Report is a companion.

In particular we wish to recognise the many people with a lived experience of mental illness, and their families and carers, who generously assisted us in the planning process and helped us to remain true to our central mission: to develop policies that promote and protect mental wellbeing, and support people who experience mental illness to live well in our community.

The Plan presents reform actions that have the potential to make a real difference in people’s lives. But we also wished to honour the inspiring stories we heard during the Plan’s development phase. In this Report we have attempted to portray those human experiences and to present mental health reform from the perspective of those who stand to benefit from it.

Many organisations and individuals also contributed professional knowledge and expertise. We would like to acknowledge particularly the members of the Commission’s Community Advisory Council, whose energy, insight and diverse perspectives are reflected on every page of these documents, and Synergia Ltd who provided the Commission with valuable assistance in the development of the Plan. NSW Consumer Advisory Group - Mental Health (NSWCAG) and Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW (ARAFMI) reached out to their networks of consumers and carers on our behalf and encouraged people to contact and engage with us. We are truly grateful for their trust.

The following organisations and individuals assisted us in many different ways, from hosting discussions in country community halls to providing specialised technical advice.

Aboriginal Affairs NSW
Aboriginal Disability Network
Action Foundation for Mental Health
Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW
Adults Surviving Child Abuse
Afford Employment
Ambulance Service of NSW
Anglicare Northern Inland Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT
Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services
Auburn Diversity Services
Australian Association of Social Workers
Australian Drug Foundation
Australian Foundation for Disability
Australian Institute of Business Wellbeing
Australian Institute of Criminology
Australian Medicare Local Alliance
Australian Red Cross
Australian Psychological Society
Mr Eddie Bartnik, former WA Mental Health Commissioner
Beautiful Minds
Benelong’s Haven
Billabong Clubhouse
Black Dog Institute
Blue Mountains Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service
B Miles Supported Accommodation
Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal Corporation
Bourke Aboriginal Health Service
Bradfield Park Carers Program, Kirribilli
Brain and Mind Research Institute
Break Thru People Solutions
Broken Hill Youth Accommodation and Support Service
Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders
Canadian Mental Health Association
Carers Assist NSW
Carers NSW
Catholic Community Services NSW/ACT
Centacare New England North West
CentaCare Wilcannia – Forbes
Central Coast Local Health District
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Centre for Translational Neuro-Science and Mental Health
Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use
Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
Co.As.It. (Italian Association of Assistance)
Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW
Community Restorative Centre
Community Solutions
Consumer Activity Network (Mental Health)
Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS)
CRANES Community Support Programs
Create Foundation
Crescendo Partners
Corrective Services NSW
Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) – University of NSW
Department of Education and Communities
Department of Family and Community Services
Department of Police and Justice
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Disability Advocacy NSW
Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre
Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service
Dubbo Aboriginal Land Council
Dubbo Koori Interagency Network
Professor Kathy Eagar, Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong
Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre
Ethnic Communities Council of NSW
Executive Evolution
Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre
Far West Local Health District
Far West Medicare Local
Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA)
Future Achievement Australia
Gamarada Indigenous Healing and Life Training
Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
General Practice NSW
Healing Foundation
Health and Disability Commission New Zealand
Health Education and Training Institute
Mr Ravy Heng, Khmer Carers Support Group, Cabramatta
Hills Holroyd Migrant Resource Centre
Homeless Person’s Legal Service
Homelessness NSW
Housing NSW
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Hunter Medical Research Institute
Hunter Medicare Local Hunter New England Local Health District
Hunter Valley Research Foundation
Illawarra Multicultural Forum
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Immigrant Women’s Health Service
Independent Community Living Australia
Indigenous Australians with Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System Project – University of New South Wales
Inner West Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service
Inner Western Sydney Medicare Local
Jarrah House
Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network
Juvenile Justice NSW
Kamira Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services
Kangaroo Valley Carers Support Group
Kogarah Diagnostic Assessment Service
Lane Cove Council
Lebanese Muslim Service
Legal Aid NSW
Life Without Barriers
Lifeline Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury
Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre
Lou’s Place
Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative
Macedonian Welfare Association
Manly Drug Education and Counselling Centre
Professor Maree Teesson and colleagues, Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre – University of New South Wales
Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation
Professor Bernadette McSherry, University of Melbourne
Mental Health Association NSW
Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW
Mental Health Coalition of South Australia
Mental Health Commission of Western Australia
Mental Health Coordinating Council
Mental Health Review Tribunal
Metro Migrant Resource Centre
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Katoomba
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Milk Crate Theatre
MIND Australia
Mission Australia
Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra
Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW
Multicultural Problem Gambling Service
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Murrumbidgee Medicare Local
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group
National Disability Services
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
National Mental Health Commission
National StandBy Response Service
Neami National
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies
New England Medicare Local
New Horizons Enterprises
Northern NSW Local Health District
Northern Settlement Services
Northern Sydney Local Health District
Northern Sydney Medicare Local
NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation – NSW Intellectual Disability Network
NSW Attorney General’s Department
NSW Audit Office
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
NSW Commission for Children Youth and Families
NSW Consumer Advisory Group - Mental Health Inc
NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
NSW Education Program on Female Genital Mutilation
NSW Health
NSW Institute of Psychiatry
NSW Kids and Families
NSW Ministry of Health
NSW Ministry of Police
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
NSW Multicultural Health Services
NSW Ombudsman
NSW Police Force
NSW Public Guardian
NSW Public Service Commission
NSW Refugee Health Improvement Network
NSW Refugee Health Service
NSW Rural Fire Service
NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
NSW Treasury
Occupational Therapy Australia – NSW Division
Official Visitors Program
On Track Community Programs
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Parramatta City Council
Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care NSW and ACT
People with Disability Australia
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Pioneer Clubhouse, Balgowlah
Polish Australian Welfare Organisation
Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA)
Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia (PANDDA)
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
Public Schools NSW
Queensland Mental Health Commission by Inspire Foundation
Redfern and Waterloo Aboriginal Community
Mr David Richmond
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Sax Institute
Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW
Schizophrenia Research Institute
Serbian Welfare Association
Settlement Services International
Social Policy Research Centre – University of New South Wales
South Coast Portuguese Association
South Coast Private
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
South Western Sydney Local Health District
South Western Sydney Medicare Local
Southern NSW Local Health District
Southern NSW Medicare Local
St George Community Housing
St George Migrant Resource Centre
St Vincent de Paul Society
St Vincent’s Health Network – St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney
St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
Stepping Out
Suicide Prevention Australia
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association
Sydney Local Health District
Sydney Multicultural Community Services
Sydney South Western Local Health District
TAFE Western Sydney Institute
Ted Noffs Foundation
The Association of Independent Schools of NSW
The Benevolent Society
The Crossing
The Disability Trust
The Exodus Foundation
The Lyndon Community
The Marmalade Foundation
The Pinnacle Foundation
The Salvation Army
The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
Transcultural Mental Health Centre
Triple Care Farm
Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW
UnitingCare Mental Health
UnitingCare Unifam Counselling and Mediation
University of Sydney
University of Western Sydney
Wayside Chapel
Wesley Mission
Western NSW Local Health District
Western NSW Medicare Local
Western Sydney Aboriginal Medical Service
Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Sydney Partners in Recovery Consortium
WHOS (We Help Ourselves)
Wingecarribee Family Support Services
Wise Group
Wollongong City Council
Women in Prison Advocacy Network
Women’s Health NSW
Youth Action

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Last updated: 22 August 2017