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Lucy Brogden: a personal message for Mental Health Week

Lucy Brogden: a personal message for Mental Health Week

Suicide prevention is close to Lucy Brogden’s heart.

“Like many families, my family has been touched by suicide. I have friends, people in the community, living with the grief associated with suicide. I also know people living with suicidal thoughts all the time.”

Co-chair of the NMHC’s Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention, Lucy says, “as a community, we need to arrest the growth in suicide. Strong communities lead to strong people lead to strong communities. Together we can make that difference.”

It is in this context Lucy sees Mental Health Week “as something we all need to participate in.”

Lucy is also a stanch advocate for encouraging opportunities to ensure all those in the workforce, including people with mental health difficulties and their supporters, get the assistance they need through her involvement in the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.

“We work with organisations to help them keep the well well, accommodate those who live with mental illness … and create opportunities for those who have never participated in employment, paid or voluntary.

“We all have a right to a contributing life.”

Watch the Commissioner’s personal Mental Health Week messages

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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.