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National Guidelines for inclusion of wellbeing in early childhood checks
The Commission is leading a project to develop National Guidelines to support states and territories to include wellbeing in early childhood health checks
Curiosity, Compassion and Care
Read the report on people’s lived experience of distress and mental ill-health in Australia.
Lived Experience (Peer) Workforce Development Guidelines
New companion documents released.
Reflections on a journey of change
This Report is a collection of stories provided through an experience-informed lens.
Mentally Healthy Workplaces digital platform
A “one stop shop” for information and resources that helps organisations build mentally healthy workplaces.  During Beta testing, we will be fine-tuning the platform based on feedback we receive from users.


We provide evidence and advice on ways to continuously improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention system, and act as a catalyst for change to achieve those improvements.


Lived Experience Workforce Development Guidelines


peak agencies and networks in Australia for people with lived experience


lived experience experts lead the development of the Guidelines


people consulted in the development of the Guidelines

National Workplace Initiative

The NWI provides a nationally consistent approach to workplace mental health.

National Suicide Prevention Office

The NSPO sets strategic directions, builds capabilities, supports cross jurisdiction and cross portfolio action and reports on the agreed outcomes.

National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy

A long-term vision for Australia where stigma and discrimination are no longer barriers to living a long and contributing life.

National Suicide Prevention Adviser Final Advice

In April 2021, the National Suicide Prevention Adviser launched the Final Report led by the voice of Australians with lived experience.

Mental Health Safety and Quality Engagement Guide

The Guide focuses on participation by consumers and carers at a governance level.

Have Your Say

The Commission has launched a new engagement platform so we can hear your feedback and ideas on the development of our projects and strategies.


Vision 2030

The Commission is connecting with all Australians on the Vision 2030 for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.


The National Workplace Initiative provides a nationally consistent approach to workplace mental health.

Spotlight Reports

Spotlight Reports cover specific issues and areas of interest and are commissioned to inform our work and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission.

National Reports

This report draws on data, indicators and frameworks, as well as people's experiences, to inform an assessment of whether progress is being achieved in the implementation of mental health reforms and the impact of any changes.

News & Media


World Mental Health Day


National Guidelines for inclusion of wellbeing in early childhood checks

Mental health concerns often begin during childhood and an estimated 50% of adult mental illness begins before 14 years of age.

Message from the Interim CEO

The past months have gone by rapidly and already I have been working with the National Mental Health Commission for over three months. While the Commission is undergoing a review, we’ve continued work across a number of strategic areas, and in areas of core responsibility.

Lived Experience (Peer) workforce guidelines: release of additional companion documents

The National Mental Health Commission maintains an unwavering commitment to expanding and supporting Australia’s Lived Experience (Peer) workforce, especially as it continues to be recognised and integrated into the mental health and suicide prevention workforce.

Message from the CEO

As we continue to navigate 2023, many people are being impacted by economic pressures. These are heightened by ongoing physical, social and emotional health challenges from the pandemic and natural disasters.

Lived experience of mental ill-health and carers recognised in historic commitment

Two new national peak bodies announced.

Prominent research and education leadership appointment for Commission Chair

Professor Ngiare Brown has been named the next Chancellor of James Cook University.
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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.