National Contributing Life Project

In our first Report Card we made a commitment to a regular and independent qualitative survey of people with mental health difficulties, their families and support people, through the National Contributing Life Project.

The Project has four main components:

The Contributing Life pilot online survey

This survey has now closed

The Commission is encouraging people with a lived experience of mental health issues, their families and support people to complete the survey.

The survey seeks information about:

  • What helps people to experience a good life;
  • what hinders this; and
  • importantly what would make a difference to their lives.

The Pilot Contributing Life online survey will run from 4 September 2013 to 3 October 2013. You will be able to complete the survey over as many sittings as you wish or require but it is estimated to take 30-50 minutes.

 A link to the survey is available here

Population Survey

The Commission has commenced a randomised population survey (by Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews) which will enable us to test the relevance of the domains of the Contributing Life concept to all Australians. It will also enable the exploration of how people’s responses to the domain questions vary as their ratings of their health and mental health vary. The population survey will also enable a comparison of responses to each of the domain questions of those who report they have sought help for a mental health problem in the last twelve months, with those who report not having sought such help.

The information collected will complement existing as well as soon to be established national surveys

Facilitated conversations and yarns with targeted population groups

The third component is facilitated Contributing Life Conversations which will target specific hard to reach groups with lived experience of mental health issues and their families, friends and other supporters. These groups have been identified by the Project Advisory Group (PAG) to the National Contributing Life Project. You can read more about the PAG here.

Each conversation will be organised and conducted in partnership with an organisation that is known to each selected group. The partnering organisation will provide assistance by hosting the conversation and by inviting people to participate. The partnering organisation will also assist by co-facilitating the conversation with the Commission.

Contributing Life Conversations Campaign

The Commission invited all Australians to host conversations in their homes, communities and workplaces about what a contributing life means to them.  This campaign was undertaken in August and saw over 150 conversations hosted right around the country. The results from these conversations will help to inform the Commission’s 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Commissioner Janet Meagher explains what A Contributing Life means to her.

"When we talk about a contributing life, we mean a fulfilling life - recognising that those people who live with mental health difficulties want and need the same things as everyone else." Commissioner Janet Meagher

"When we talk about a contributing life, we mean a fulfilling life - recognising that those people who live with mental health difficulties want and need the same things as everyone else."

National Mental Health Commissioner
Janet Meagher

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