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Call for National Mental Health Leaders

08 November 2013

National Mental Health Commission seeking mental health leaders

The National Mental Health Commission is seeking nominations of Australians with lived experience of mental health issues, either as a person living with mental illness or as a primary family member other significant support person, to work with and contribute to the Commission’s mission. 

In partnership with the Mental Health Council of Australia and with the support of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum, the Commission wishes to support further development of existing leaders and advocates and find the next generation of national leaders.

National Mental Health Commission Chair Prof. Allan Fels says this initiative is important because it will help ensure that people have a voice and remain at the centre of decision-making about all the policies and services that impact on them.

“Nominees can be seasoned advocates wanting to take the next step, or those who have not been involved formally, but now want to make a contribution.

“We also want to support new voices, representative of a broad range of experiences to be heard and contribute to mental health reform in Australia,” Prof. Fels says.

Around 10 successful nominees will have the opportunity to participate in an individual mentoring and leadership development program and contribute to the National Mental Health Commission’s work. This may include co-chairing or membership of advisory groups to the Commission.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to helping all Australians achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing. I encourage anyone interested to visit the Commission website and find out more.

“Because it will be all of us, working together and sharing insights and experiences that will truly make a difference,” Prof. Fels says.

Find out more and download a nomination kit here.

"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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