If you are a consumer - a person with a lived experience of mental illness - or are a family member or carer of a consumer, you may be interested in participating in organisations that advocate and support the needs of consumers.

BEING: Mental Health & Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group

BEING Mental Health & Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group is the statewide peak organisation for people with a lived experience of mental illness and represents consumers to all levels of NSW Government. They work with consumers to achieve and support systemic change, and act as a bridge between mental health consumers and the government.
 
BEING gathers information from conumsers' experiences to produce the evidence needed to lobby for changes to legislation and policy, and encourages consumers' input in decision making at all levels.
 
BEING: Mental Health and Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Address: Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9332 0200
Fax: (02) 9339 6066
Email: info@being.org.au
 

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) was established in recognition of the need for mental health consumer and carer involvement at the highest level of policy development.
 
The NMHCCF has 28 members consisiting of 14 mental health consumers and 14 mental health carers. The forum allows the fostering of a partnership between consumers and carers, and their input into the mental health sector including reform of mental health policy and service delivery in Australia.
 
Members represent mental health consumers and carers on many national, government, professional and advisory groups and committees, and also at consultative forums and events.
 
National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Fourm
Postal address: PO Box 174, Deakin West ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6285 3100
Email: NMHCCF@mhaustralia.org
 

Mental Health Carers NSW

Mental Health Carers NSW (formerly Arafmi NSW) is the peak body for mental health carers in NSW and representes carers interests. MHCN regularly consults with carers alll over the state to gather opinions and experiences so they can provide feedback on policies and services on behalf of carers to thie Ministry of Health and other government bodies. By influencing changes to policy, legislation and servcie provision, MHCN aims to make a difference to the mental health system for carers.
 
There are different ways to get involved with MHCN, including volunteering for:
  • the Carer Connections telephone helpline
  • carer advocacy and engagement opportunities
  • report and submission writing
  • general adminstration dutites
  • research projects
  • fundraising initiatives
  • assisting in training, workshop, event planning and facilitiation.

Mental Health Carers NSW
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Address: Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9332 0777
Email: arafmi.admin@arafmi.org

Carers Connection Line
1300 554 660
For information, referrals and support 

Mental Health Australia

Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.

Mental Health Australia members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peak bodies.

Mental Health Australia aims to promote mentally healthy communities, educate Australians on mental health issues, influence mental health reform, conduct research on mental health issues, and carry out regular consultation to represent the best interests of its members, partners and the community.

Mental Health Australia
Street Address: ALIA House, 1st Floor, 9-11 Napier Close,  Deakin ACT 2600
Postal Address: PO Box 174, Deakin West  ACT  2600
Phone: (02) 6285 3100
Fax: (02) 6285 2166 

NSW Consumer Advisory Group - Mental Health Inc

The NSW Consumer Advisory Group – Mental Health Inc. (NSWCAG) is the statewide, non-government peak body that represents people who use mental health services (mental health consumers) to all levels of the NSW Government. NSWCAG considers itself as a bridge between mental health consumers and the government.
 
NSWCAG encourages mental health consumers to provide input into decision making at all levels concerning the way mental health services are provided. They do this by gathering information through an interactive website, committees, consumer groups, forums and research about consumers’ experiences of mental health services. This helps to provide the evidence needed to lobby for changes to legislation and policy.
 
NSW Consumer Advisory Group
Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William Street
East Sydney NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9332 0200
Fax: (02) 9332 0299
 

​​NSW Mental Health Consumer Workers Committeee

NSW Mental Health Consumer Workers Committeee was established by consumers in 1998 and is funded by the Ministry of Health through BEING Mental Health & Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group The Consumer Workers Commitee was formed to support Consumer Workers and to identify and address systemic issues they face.
 
Consumer workers, also called peer workers, are employees of NSW Health who have a lived experience of mental illness or mental health issues. Peer workers are employed, either paid or voluntary, in various roles in Local Health Districts throughout NSW. The Committee includes paid consumer workers employed by local health districts.
 
NSW Mental Health Consumer Workers Committeee
Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William Street
East Sydney NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9332 0200
Page Updated: Thursday 8 November 2018
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch