More than ever before, people and communities are interested in and engaged with the issue of mental health. The time is right to capitalise on that interest and set a vision for mental health in Australia that involves not only the health sector, but all sectors and communities.

Everybody has a role to play.

This means working with our partners, including the media, schools, workplaces, families and communities to address risk factors, to promote resilience and wellbeing and to create a life that people want to live and flourish in. It also means creating a society where those living with mental illness do not experience stigma and discrimination.

Our organisation works across local, state and national initiatives and is in a unique position to work with others and support the coordination needed to deliver successful responses for the communities we serve.

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge all people who have personal experience of mental ill-health. The voice of people with lived experience is essential in the development of our work.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we live and work on and pay our respects to elders past and present. We also pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and communities who support our work and partner with us in an effort to improve social and emotional wellbeing across Australia.

We acknowledge the many organisations, service providers and community members who work in partnership with us and who share their views, their knowledge and expertise, and their stories to help shape our work. 

Mental Health Hands

Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness

To progress collective action to prevent mental ill-health and promote mental health and wellbeing, we need to first have a shared understanding of what is meant by the terms mental health and mental ill-health.

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Prevention and Promotion Approaches

As an organisation we are working towards a future where fewer people are impacted by mental ill-health and more people live well. 

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