In 2022 the National Mental Health Commission delivered the Making Connections for Your Mental Health and Wellbeing program, inviting all Australians to share their experiences of the mental health and suicide prevention systems.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to and participated in the Connections2022 program, in particular through community conversations and the National Connections Survey. Your contributions were invaluable.
We connected with Australians through the following ways:
- Visited 35 communities around Australia
- Met and heard from 1,512 people in-person
- Received 1,832 survey responses
- Held 7 online discussions with priority groups, reaching 271 people
- Connected with 3,615 people overall
The experiences and insights gathered will help the Commission build evidence to shape outcomes for future national mental health and suicide prevention reform.
This program was a vital opportunity to connect with people who live, work and learn in 35 diverse communities across every State and Territory in Australia, and 7 online discussions were held with diverse groups to hear about their experiences and needs.
Early snapshots of what was shared by each group and community is available below:
*The Connections Logo - The graphic element of encircling rings represents a place of gathering or a place to come together to connect, listen and share experiences. The separation of the circles through to the centre represents the opportunity for every person to join the conversation at any point in time, whenever they feel comfortable.