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The National Mental Health Commission wishes to consult and engage with all Australians on the 2030 Vision for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. 

We are stretching our thinking to envisage the long-term future when Australians at risk of, or experiencing, mental health concerns and suicidality can access a connected and well-functioning system.

Connections

The Connections project is a nation-wide conversation about the future of mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. Connections is the Commission coming to connect with you in your community to understand your personal experiences of mental health and wellbeing to inform a shared 2030 Vision for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. We know everyone’s experience of the mental health system is different and we want to hear about your particular triumphs and challenges. What are the barriers you have experienced in trying to get help; what has made a difference for you?

As part of Connections, the Commission will be visiting 23 communities across Australia to hold Town Hall meetings of which anyone with a living experience of mental health; consumers, carers, families and those organisations which provide support and care, are invited to attend.

Get Involved

Each community, and each person experiences life differently, and needs help and support in different ways, sometimes at different times of their lives. We are keen to learn from you personally about your experience of the current system and shape a 2030 Vision for Australia's mental health and wellebing.

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Click on the interactive map below to see when the Commission will be visiting a town or city near you and register for the town hall meeting. Note: as venues are booked, registration becomes available
  • Download snapshots from each community we have visited by hovering over the interactive map
  • Join in the conversation online by using the hashtag #ConnectingWithYou
  • If your town or city is not listed, we encourage you to get involved in our online consultation survey, which will be live soon.

 

The Connections story

Australian Aboriginal artist Bibi Barba, from the Durumal/Woka Woka people, embodies the Connections story with a squiggly line and dots that represent all Australian people from different backgrounds that have come together in harmony to talk and yarn with each other about mental health in each community.

Each colour used respectively represents as follows:

  • Orange ochre for the land on which we stand united together.
  • Red Brown colour for the people from all background regardless of nationality.
  • Blue colour for the calmness in dealing with mental health.

More Information

If you would like more information or have a question about Connections please contact us on 1800 220 246 or email community@nmhcconnections.com.au.

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Have Your Say

Anyone with a living experience of mental health; consumers, carers, families and those organisations which provide support and care, are invited to share their stories and their experiences in relation to mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing through our online consultation (coming soon).

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