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 2020 is now available (Spring 2020)

Network Bulletin 30 November 2020

Welcome to our fortnightly email bulletin. 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:

• Drop-In now closed for 2020
• Notice about our end of year celebration;
• Applications open for the 2021 ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme;
• Lived Experience Leadership research project; and
• Changes to visitor arrangements at health facilities.

Network Bulletin 30 November 2020 (PDF)

ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme 2021

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.

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.

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

Approximately 25 scholarships are available. The scholarship is valid for two years.

This scholarship scheme is available to Australian residents and citizens. Please note international students are not eligible.

To be eligible for consideration, you must complete the Scholarship Application Form in full and send to the Canberra Institute of Technology. Applications will be considered and assessed by a selection committee. Interviews may also be conducted. The decision by the selection committee is final and appeals will not be accepted.

This opportunity is being offered in two rounds:
Round        Applications Due by                Selection Committee Meeting
1                    4 December                                      Week commencing 7 December
2                    22 Jan 2021                                     Week commencing 25 January 2021

Network response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Network office is currently closed, with staff working remotely. We can still be contacted by phone (02 6230 5796 or 0449 127 941 if urgent) or email (actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au). In addition, we have also been required to implemented the following changes:
• Face-to-face events are cancelled, including but not limited to: Drop-In, Consumer Representative Forum, Policy consultations and the Hearing Voices group; and
• Consumer Representatives are encouraged NOT to attend any scheduled meetings.
• Appointments to committees have ceased until further notice.

The Network is still being asked for consumer input on policies. So please regularly check your email for invitations to comment. Consultations on policy matters with consumers and other forums etc. are now being held online via Zoom.

If you are interested in commenting on policy but do not use email, please contact the Policy Coordinator on 0424 468 620.

Information about the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the ACT can be found via the COVID-19 ACT website.

For mental health support, please contact any of the following services:

Locally, Woden Community Service (WCS) are still operating their mental health programs via telephone and online methods, and are still accepting referrals.

Information about each program can be found via the Woden Community Service website.

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

25 February 2020