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)

Mental Health Month Awards ACT 2019

Do you know someone who is doing something great in the area of mental health and wellbeing in the ACT?

Nominate them for a 2019 ACT Mental Health Award!

The Mental Health Month Awards recognise exceptional people, organisations, businesses and initiatives working to promote and improve the understanding, awareness, service provision, and general mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community.

Nominate online today:

To request a Word version of the form contact Maddie at

Nominations close Friday 20th September 2019

Network Bulletin 16 September 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

Of particular note in this bulletin, the Network would like to draw your attention to the following:

• FREE training in Understanding the NDIS for Peer Workers;
• Mental Health Month Awards nominations closing this Friday 20 September;
• Updates on the development of a national peer workforce and Medicare rebates for the treatment of eating disorders
• Upcoming NDIS training events; and
• Position Vacancies

Network Bulletin 16 September 2019 (Word) 16 September 2019 (PDF)

My Rights, My Decisions Program Launch

Mr Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Mental Health, launched the My Rights, My Decisions program on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at the Griffin Centre.

My Rights, My Decisions is a peer-led program that aims to educate mental health consumers in relation to the Mental Health Act 2015 (ACT), specifically addressing the Nominated Person, Advance Consent Direction and Advance Agreement components of the Act. These components of the Act exist to uphold the rights of mental health consumers, support them to make decisions about their treatment and care, and provide informed consent should they lose decision making capacity.

You can read the full media release here.

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