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 2021 is now available (Spring 2021)

Network Bulletin 21 September 2021

Please find link below to our latest Bulletin

Network Bulletin 21 September 2021

Due to the number of attachments for this bulletin, these have all been hyperlinked to our website. To access them just click on the link where specified. If you are unable to open any links or attachments, please contact the Network on 0449 127 941 or email actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au

Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following:
• Respite Effect and Recovery Program grants;
• Upcoming policy consultation
• Upcoming Meet the Minister Drop-In;
• Various opportunities for participation in research, service and strategic planning developments; and
• Update on changes to Mental Health Month 2021

Office Closure: ACT COVID-19 Update

As previously announced the ACT is in lockdown until Friday 15 October 2021. You can read the announcement here and find details about restrictions here.

In following the directions of this announcement, the Network office is now closed, until further notice. Staff will be working remotely throughout the duration of the lockdown and scheduled events will continue to be held online. We will review this situation on a regular basis and update you on any changes.

If you need to contact the Network, please email to actmhcn@actmhcn.org.au or call 0449 127 941. Please note, due to remote working arrangements, there will be some delays in responding.

Consumer Representatives should have been notified about their committees’ continuation during lockdown. If you have not heard about your committee/s, please contact us and we will follow up for you.

During this period, please stay safe, practice good hygiene, look after yourselves mentally and physically and most importantly, if you are feeling unwell, please get tested.

For up-to-date information on the outbreak, restrictions and other information and resources to help during this emergency, please visit the ACT Covid-19 website (https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/home)

Updated Training Calendar now available

The Community Education Program recently updated the calendar for training workshops for July to December 2021.

You can access that calendar on this link.

Further information about the different types of training we provide, and an online registration form, can be found on the Community Education page.

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)

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