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.

Contributing LifeIn doing this, the Commission has taken a recovery perspective to its work – which reflects that a recovery journey of a person living with a mental health difficulty aims to achieve as fulfilling a life as possible, which is unique to each person. This is a wide angle view beyond mental health to see the context of people’s living experiences and their hopes for leading a full and contributing life.

A Contributing Life is where people living with a mental health difficulty can expect the same rights, opportunities and health as those without a mental illness. Simply put, this is about having a good home, meaningful activity, valued friendships, proper health care and opportunities for education and training, all without experiencing discrimination due to having a mental health difficulty.


Contributing Life

The Contributing Life framework is – whole‐of‐person, whole‐of‐system, whole‐of‐life approach to mental health and wellbeing. This means we consider people across the lifespan – from pre‐birth to old age.

A contributing life can mean many things. It can mean a fulfilling life enriched with close connections to family and friends; good health and wellbeing to allow those connections to be enjoyed; having something to do each day that provides meaning and purpose – whether it be a job, supporting others or volunteering; and a home to live in, free from financial stress and uncertainty. In short, it means thriving, not just surviving.

The Commission will work to support individuals to: live a contributing life; have equitable opportunity; have the best possible mental health and wellbeing; participate in community, education and employment; have knowledge, assurance and respect; and be able to contribute to socially and economically thriving communities.

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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 and present, 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.