The ACT Mental Health Consumer Network is a consumer-led peak organisation representing the interests of mental health consumers in the ACT in policy and decision-making forums. The Network is committed to social justice and the inclusion of people with experience of mental illness.

The latest Network News – Spring 2019 is now available (Spring 2019)

Network Bulletin 2 December 2019

Welcome to our email bulletin for this week.

If you are unable to open any links or attachments, please contact the Network on 6230 5796 or email actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au.

Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following:
• Network end of year celebration being held next week;
• Round 1 Scholarship applications closing soon for the ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme;
• Consultations for the ACT Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan ;
• Free BBQ for people experiencing homelessness starting 20 December; and
• Position vacancies

Network Bulletin 2 December 2019 (Word) 2 December 2019 (PDF)

ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme now open for applications

The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a partnership between ACT Health, CIT and ACT Mental Health Consumer Network. It is designed to support mental health consumers to study in the community services area. The aim of the scheme is to increase employment opportunities for mental health consumers in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, community development, youth work and community services. The scholarship scheme recognises the immense value offered by persons with lived experience of mental illness.

Who is a Mental Health Consumer? A mental health consumer is anyone who has lived experience of a mental illness or mental health problem. In this context this includes, but is not limited to, people who identify as having lived experience of anxiety, depression, substance use issues, personality disorder and post traumatic disorder.

WHAT’S ON OFFER?
The ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme is a two staged approach to support mental health consumers gain qualifications in the area of human services.
• The first stage of the scheme is funding for the completion of the Statement of Attainment in Introductory Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. This qualification will work towards a Certificate IV within the community services package. This will be funded in 2020.
• The second stage is funding that covers course fees only for study in one of the Certificate IV courses in the Community Work Programs.

These courses are run by the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) at Bruce.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Anyone who has lived experience of a mental illness/disorder and is 17 years of age or older is eligible to apply for admission to the scholarship scheme. Preference will be given to applicants who have not completed post-secondary studies and/or are unemployed.

Further information including an application form can be accessed on the following link:

ACTMHCG Scholarship Information Sheet

Applications open on Monday 4 November 2019

This opportunity is being offered in two rounds:

Round Applications     Due by                       Selection Committee Meeting
1                                       6 December 2019    Week commencing 9 December
2                                       20 Jan 2020               Week commencing 28 January

All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application in writing within two weeks of the selection committee meetings.

If you are successful, you will receive a letter informing you of the process for enrolment and course outlines and you will be invited to attend an orientation session prior to commencing classes at the end of January 2020.

ACT Charter of Rights for People with Mental Health Issues

The ACT Government released the ACT Charter of Rights for People with Mental Health Issues on 11 October 2011.

Click on the links below to see it in full page view or to download.

ACT Health Charter of Rights poster

ACT Health Charter of Rights pamphlets