Lived Experience

It’s through listening to those providing services, those who fund services, and most importantly, those who use services that we will find the information we need to move towards the mental health system Australia needs. Every person’s story we hear, every experience shared, helps to develop our understanding of the system that’s required to best meet the needs of Australians living with mental ill health and their carers.

Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities

Right from the start, at the Commission's first meeting, a commitment was made to always have people at the heart of what we do.

Consumer and Carers

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

Lived Experience Workforces

A thriving mental health Lived Experience workforce is a vital component of "quality, recovery-focused mental health services". This principle is embedded in the mental health plans and policies that influence all mental health care services in Australia.

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.

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.