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Are You A Champion For Change?

A Champion for Change is anyone with a lived experience of mental health issues (consumers) who want to influence and advocate for mental health reform in their community.

Does that sound like you? 

If so, we want to hear from you! We want to know what Champions for Change are doing and what you need to make positive changes happen. 

Fill out this survey here:

Get in quick: you only have two weeks to fill it out! 

Survey closes on Sunday 21 June 2015. 

The survey responses will help us work out how we can support change in all our communities. 

For more information, see our leaflet here. 

We’re also looking for consumers to facilitate discussions on this topic with other consumers in their communities. If you’re interested, please contact us at or (02) 9332 0200. 

This project is funded by the Mental Health Commission of NSW, and we’ll be reporting the findings of the surveys to the Commission.

Champions click here

Recovery Conference 2015 Report

On Wednesday 27 May, the team at BEING flew to Tamworth to hold our 2015 Recovery Conference, ‘BEING in the Country’. 

This year’s Recovery Conference focused on the barriers to wellness faced by rural Australians. It was jam-packed with information and inspiration.

We heard from rural consumer speakers who shared their experience and stories of recovery. We learnt about the positive effect of strategies for wellbeing such as movement, mindfulness and CBT in workshops hosted by consumers and wellbeing advocates. We were also  introduced to new ideas and resources through the organisations that held a stall on the day.

Here are some testimonials from the day:

“Everything was great. It was hard to choose between the workshops – I wanted to do all of them.”

“It was very successful. Well worth travelling nine hours to come.”

BEING would like to thank everyone who travelled to Tamworth and shared their experience and ideas with us. It would not have been the same without you.

See photo gallery here

BEING in the News

It's official, we're famous. 

BEING's 2015 Recovery Conference was a huge hit in the media. 

Not only did we get on the local radio and newspaper, we also made it onto the evening news

Make sure you have a look at the video below to hear our CEO Peri O'Shea and our 2015 keynote speaker Rod Thompson speak about the power of personal stories in breaking mental health stigma in rural areas. 

Thank you to the local media for getting behind our Conference and sharing this important message. 

See video here

Seclusion and Restraint Position Paper Released

This month, the National Mental Health Commission released their position paper on seclusion, restraint and restrictive practices in mental health services.

The paper expands on findings from the Seclusion and Restraint Project run by the National Mental Health Commission and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute of the University of Melbourne.

The paper was informed by an international literature review and surveys and focus groups with people who have lived experience of seclusion and restraint. It provides an overview of the evidence supporting best practice and identifies ways on how to best reduce the use of seclusion and restraint.   

Some of the key points include:

  • there is strong agreement that seclusion and restraint breaches human rights
  • a national approach to the regulation of seclusion and restraint is needed 
  • future strategies to reduce and eliminate seclusion and restraint need to be informed by a person-centred and trauma-informed recovery approach.
Further information and the position paper can be downloaded here.
Download the position paper here

Submissions Open: Disability Employment Framework

In May 2015, the Australian Government announced the launch of a national public consultation for the new Disability Employment Framework.

A new taskforce has been developed to review the entire disability employment system.

Its aim is to find out what is and what is not working in current disability employment programs, and encourage discussions on ways to improve the current approach.

The Government wants to hear from those with an interest in this issue, including people with disability, their families and carers.

You can join the discussion by attending a public forum or making a written submission.

Forums are being held in May/June and then again in August/ September 2015 in multiple locations.

If you’re making a submission, make sure you send your response in by the 8th July 2015. 

The issues paper and more details can be found on the engage website here

More information here

2015 Federal Budget Overview

In May 2015, the Federal Government released its Budget Proposal for 2015-16. 

One of the highlights is the Government’s announcement that it will work in collaboration with states and territories to develop the 5th National Mental Health Plan.

Some of the key areas of interest include; 

  • A Youth Employment Strategy is being developed with a total of $105.7 million to be provided over 5 years. This focuses on young people with a mental illness getting into work through targeted youth unemployment strategies.
  • There is also a reverse from the 2014-15 budget proposal in relation to youth unemployment. Last year, the Government proposed that young people without significant barriers to employment to actively seek work for six months before receiving income support payments. In this year’s budget, the Government changed this to 4 weeks. 
  • There is 20 million provided for mental health support to rural Australians in some drought-affected communities.
  • A total of 33.7 million over 5 years has been allocated to a national gateway for carer support services. 

There is continued commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by providing $143 million over four years for an Information and Communication Technology system to support the application of the NDIS.

If you would like further information, read the Budget overview by Mental Health Australia here.

Read the overview here

Comedy Night

The NSW Mental Health Commission presents No Offence... a night of comedy and conversation about language and mental health, featuring Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham.
When: Thursday 18 June
5:30 – 7:30PM
Where: The Cell Block Theatre, Darlinghurst
Cost: FREE! 

The night promises to entertain, inspire and challenge with comedy and conversations about language and mental health.
Tickets are limited so register now.

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Peer Leadership Academy - Yale

An international steering group is planning an international peer leadership academy at Yale University.

We are seeking the views of people who are involved in mental health systems in any role on the proposed academy.

Please take part in this survey if you have an interest in this issue or share it with relevant friends and contacts via email or social media.
To take part in the survey click here,
The deadline for participating is Saturday 20 June 2015.

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JOBS: Consumer Workers x2

Macquarie Hospital are recruiting for two Consumer Worker positions each 23 hours a week.  

The role of Consumer Workers is to support the recovery of the patients by complimenting the functions of the clinical staff. 

For more information, contact Natalie Watson on 88775198 or email her here. 

Applications close Wednesday 10 June 2015.

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Safe in OZ Workshops

SAFE in Oz aims to give workshop participants an insight into the headspace of a person who participates in self-destructive behaviour/s in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and life experiences.

The training encapsulates individuals needs throughout their lifespan and is flexible and responsive to the workshop participants. 

Canberra – 27-28 August 2015
Goonellabah – 7-8 September 2015
Cardiff/Newcastle – 10-11 September 2015

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Tackling Tobacco Together

This FREE one day training, provided by the Schizophrenia Fellowship and Inner West PIR, will provide mental health workers with skills to raise awareness of the negative impact of smoking.

Where: Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc.
Old Gladesville Hospital
Building 36, Digby Road, Gladesville NSW 2111
When: Friday, 24 July 2015
Time. 9:00am to 4:30pm

More information, see the flyer here. 

Book your place RSVP before Thursday 16 July 2015

Tel. (02) 9879 2600 and ask for Philippa Boss - Physical Health Programs Coordinator

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Resilience Film Challenge

Want to make a movie and see it on the big screen?

Take part in the Resilience Film Challenge! 

The challenge starts on Monday 3rd August 2015, with an information session at 11am at the Ozanam Learning Centre (OLC), Level 3, 99 Forbes Street Woolloomooloo.

The films will be shown at an awards ceremony starting at 6pm on Wednesday 12th August 2015 at the Dendy Opera Quays, Circular Quay, Sydney City.

If you are interested then turn up at the OLC and talk to staff so that they can register you. You can also email: and register that way.

For more information, see this flyer here. 

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JOB: Consumer Peer Support Worker

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is recruiting for 1 x 0.5 (19 hours per week) Consumer Peer Support Workers for a 12-month contract - specifically male position, to be based with Eastern Suburbs Community Mental Health.

The Peer Support Worker will draw upon their lived experience of mental health concerns and their personal recovery journey, to develop empathic relationships and support personal recovery for mental health consumers in the LHD. 

For more information, contact Irene Gallagher on 0437581752 or email her here. 

Applications close Wednesday 10 June 2015.

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Consumers Wanted

Consumer/client and carer representatives are needed for the CMHDARN Project Reference Group.

CMHDARN aims to increase the capacity of community mental health and drug and alcohol organisations to engage in research by forging partnerships with research partners.

We are specifically looking for people with lived experience of mental illness and recovery and/or people with experience of alcohol and drug use and/or treatment. You must have research experience or an active interest in research, as well as the desire to learn about research processes.

The Project Reference Group meets approximately four times a year for two hours. Payment may be available for your participation.

If you are interested, please contact Angela here.

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RESEARCH: Consumers and Police

Researchers at the University of Wollongong are doing a project looking at mental health consumers' opinions and experiences with the police. 

The brief online survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. 

To thank you for your participation, you will be invited to enter a competition to win one of three gift card prizes. 

Click here to take part in the survey.

For more information, contact Lily Jones on 4221 4967 or email her here. 

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Value Your Mind: Mental Health Month 2015

Free resources & small grants available for Mental Health Month 2015!
Mental Health Month is held in October each year in NSW and is coordinated by the Mental Health Association of NSW. 

The 2015 theme is Value Your Mind.

The main message of this campaign is to encourage all individuals to think about how mental health exists in their daily life and promote the need for all individuals to make mental health a priority in their daily lives.

The 2015 Mental Health Month Starter Kit has information on everything you need to get involved in Mental Health Month.

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