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 – Autumn 2021 is now available (Autumn 2021)

Network Bulletin 28 April 2021

Welcome to our latest 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:

• Upcoming Drop-In events
• Free NDIS workshops for consumers and mental health peer workers
• Survey participants for national project supporting mental health and wellbeing of fathers;
• Position vacancies

Network Bulletin 28 April 2021 (PDF)

Joint response to the introduction of independent assessments to the NDIS

The Network, in conjunction with numerous other community organisations, recently submitted a joint response to the Minister for Disability, Justice Health and Mental Health, Emma Davidson MLA, highlighting shared concerns regarding the introduction of independent assessments to the NDIS.

You can read this response by clicking on the link below

Response: NDIS Independent Assessments (PDF)

Network response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Network office is currently attended intermittently from 9am to 3pm Monday to Thursday. We can still be contacted by phone (02 6230 5796 or 0449 127 941 if urgent) or email (actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au).

Due to social distancing guidelines, events, such as Drop-In etc., are now being held both in person and online via Zoom.

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 continue to be 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