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National Mental Health Commission

The National Mental Health Commission was set up in 2012 to provide independent reports and advice to the community and government on what’s working and what’s not. It is Australia’s first mental health commission created at the national level.

The National Mental Health Commission's view is that they think differently about mental health, to see mental wellbeing as important to the individual, their family, support people and community.

The Commission works across all areas that promote mental health and prevent mental illness and suicide–not just government and not just health, but education, housing, employment, human services and social support. Their job involves three main things, to report, advise and collaborate.

In 2012 and 2013 the Commission produced two annual National Report Cards on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The report cards inform Australians of where we are doing well and where we need to do better in mental health. These not only looked at the facts and figures, but also the real and everyday experiences of Australians.

The Commission does not get involved in individual cases or advocate for individual people or groups. Instead they are an advocate for system improvement and better accountability. They are not a fund holding body. They do not provide services, grants or funding for major projects or campaigns.

By reporting, advising and collaborating the Commission will help transform systems and promote change, so that all Australians achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing.

Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes

The Australian Government has tasked the Commission to undertake a national review of mental health services and programmes.

This review is examining existing mental health services and programmes across Federal, State and Territory government, private and non-government sectors.

The focus of the review is to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and services in supporting individuals experiencing mental ill health and their families and other support people to lead a contributing life and to engage productively in the community.

Last reviewed: October 2019

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Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy - National Mental Health Commission

The Australian Government’s commitment to a national approach to mental health and suicide prevention could not be achieved without ensuring the ment

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Consumer and Carers - National Mental Health Commission

The Commission is strongly committed to improving engagement and participation of people with lived experience, their families and other support people.

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Mental Health Awareness Programs - National Mental Health Commission

The Commission has collaborated with mental health organisations, experts and leaders across the country to develop and launch national campaigns providing

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Have Your Say - National Mental Health Commission

Stay informed by joining Have Your Say - National Mental Health Commission

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Vision 2030 - National Mental Health Commission

Vision 2030 shapes a national direction for mental health and wellbeing in Australia.

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Safety and Quality Engagement Guidelines - National Mental Health Commission

Under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Commission has developed a guide for consumer and carers, to strengthen their role

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2020 National Report - National Mental Health Commission

This National Report 2020 shows that mental health and suicide continue to be significant issues for Australia. The events of late 2019 to 2020 have highli

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Connecting with Communities - National Mental Health Commission

The voices of Australians with lived experience shape are key in mental health reform. The Commission runs regular events and programs to ensure we are hea

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Mentally Healthy Workplaces - National Mental Health Commission

Find out how the Commission is working towards a nationally consistent approach to workplace mental health.

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National COVID and Disaster Response - National Mental Health Commission

The Commission has worked to support the mental health responses to national disasters including bushfires, drought, floods and COVID-19.

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