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Making Connections

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 hearing current thoughts and experiences. Learn more about those here.


The Connections project as a national conversation and consultation about the future of mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. It involved the Commission connecting with people in their community to understand their personal experiences of mental health and wellbeing. These voices provide a starting point for the design of an improved approach to the Australian mental health system.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.