Our Organisation

Prevention is at the heart of everything we do - in translating and applying research, and in developing policy, programs and resources to support our stakeholders and community.

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is a self-funding business unit of Hunter New England Local Health District and forms part of the Partnerships, Innovation and Research portfolio.  

In the past 25 years the Hunter Institute of Mental Health has become a leading voice on the prevention of mental ill-health, the prevention of suicide and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, delivering programs and research at the regional and national level.

Our Vision

A future where fewer people are impacted by mental ill-health and suicide and more people live well.

Our Purpose

To reduce mental ill-health, reduce suicide and increase wellbeing through building the capability of individuals, families, communities, organisations and governments.

Investing in the prevention of mental ill-health, prevention of suicide and promotion of mental health and wellbeing makes good economic sense and has a focus on ensuring all people can live contributing lives. 

Our Beliefs

  • All people have the right to and capacity for optimal mental health and wellbeing
  • The prevention of mental ill-health and the prevention of suicide are possible
  • People have the right to live without experiencing stigma or discrimination
  • All sectors, communities and individuals can make a meaningful contribution to mental health and the prevention of suicide
  • That the full diversity of the Australian population should be considered, and included, in the planning and implementation of mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. 

Our Pillars of Work

The promotion of mental health and wellbeing, the prevention of mental ill-health and the prevention of suicide is central to everything we do.

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