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 Annual General Meeting 2019

On behalf of the Board I am pleased to invite you to ACT Mental Health Consumer Network’s 2019 Annual General Meeting.

The 2019 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 11am-1:30pm on Tuesday 19 November 2019 in Meeting Room 8, Level 2, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City.

If you have provided us with a postal address you will also receive these documents in hard copy.  If you do not receive a hard copy by the end of the week, and would like one, please contact theNetwork on 02 6230 5796 or actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au and we will arrange for one to be sent out to you.

The pack has been separated into 2 sections and in each you will find the following:

  1. 2019 AGM General Documentation:

Notice of Annual General Meeting; Agenda; Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting; and Board Information (The Role and responsibilities of the Network’s Board, ACTCOSS Board Basics Information, The concise version of ACT Mental Health Consumer Network, and 2019-20 Projected meeting dates.

Download General Annual General Meeting Documents (PDF)

  1. 2019 Board Nomination and Proxy Forms

We welcome nominations from any member who would like to share and expand upon their skills.  In particular, we encourage new members to nominate as an excellent way to learn more about the Network and engage with consumers.

A reminder to Associate Members that under the current Constitution we are able to accept nominations from Associate Members.

Download Board Nomination and Proxy forms (PDF)

Download Board Nomination and Proxy forms (Word)

If you are considering nominating for a role and would like more information about what it means to be a Board member at the Network, or you are perhaps having trouble finding a member to second your form, please feel free to drop by Level 2, Room 11 Griffin Centre or get in touch by phone: 02 6230 5796, email: actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au, or text: 0424 468 620.

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.

Network Bulletin 18 November 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:
• Annual General Meeting information;
• Scholarship applications open for the ACT Mental Health Consumer Scholarship Scheme; and
• Applications open for scholarships to study Cert IV in Mental Health through the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network

Network Bulletin 18 November 2019 (Word) 18 November 2019 (PDF)

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