Senate Inquiry about Indefinite Detention

April 15, 2016

April update on the Senate Inquiry about Indefinite Detention We’ve sent our feedback  to inform the Senate’s Inquiry about Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia. We made comments and recommendations based on the problems we’ve heard from people who have experienced the forensic mental health system. Here are some of […]

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Arabic Mental Health Resource Project

April 14, 2016

April update on the Arabic Mental Health Resource Project: We’ve been working with Ethno Connect and different members of the Arabic speaking community to create a three-part video mental health resource. The people who are sharing their views and experiences in our video include Arabic speaking consumers, religious leaders in the NSW Arabic speaking community, and […]

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February Update from our Policy Team

February 11, 2016

The start of 2016 has been a busy one for the policy team. We’ve been working on a number of things that we’d like to tell you about. We’re supporting a consumer to speak at a training event for remote and rural GPs in early March. The speaker will talk about his own experience of […]

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Celebrating artists expression with the Mental Health Commission of NSW

January 19, 2016

BEING’s annual Recovery in Art Exhibition features the artworks of those with a lived experience of mental illness, and celebrates the role artistic expression plays in mental health recovery. Following our Exhibition in October last year, a number of artworks were selected for another exhibition at the Mental Health Commission of NSW offices throughout December […]

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Forum on Open Dialogue

December 17, 2015

In November BEING attended a forum on Open Dialogue. The forum was hosted by the Mental Health Commission of NSW. Dr Christopher Gordon and Brenda Miele Soares shared their experience of Open Dialogue and lessons they have learned. They use Open Dialogue in their not-for-profit organisation called Advocates in the United States. Open Dialogue is […]

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Launch of the Medication and Mental Illness paper

In early December BEING attended the launch of the Mental Health Commissions of NSW new paper about medication and mental illness. The paper was developed to tell the story of medication as a treatment for mental illness and its role in recovery. Over 200 people provided submissions for the report, with 60 percent identifying as […]

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Champions for Change Project Update

In May 2015, the NSW Mental Health Commission provided funding for BEING to undertake the Champions for Change project.  The project is aligned to the NSW Mental Health Strategic Plan, Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014 – 2024. The Champions for Change project involved consultation with consumers, who are or […]

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2015 Consumer Workers’ Annual Forum

The 2015 Consumer Workers’ Forum was held by BEING in partnership with the NSW Mental Health Consumer Workers Committee at The Collective Purpose in Woolloomooloo Sydney on 26 and 27 November 2015. 55 consumer workers attended this years Forum over the two day period! The Forum was a great success, full of information and inspiration […]

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Mental Health Month BBQ at NSW Parliament House

November 29, 2015

In October, BEING held a stall at the Living Well: Value your mind Mental Health Month BBQ at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney. The event was hosted by the Mental Health Commission of NSW and the office of the NSW Minister for Mental Health, Hon. Pru Goward MP. We shared a stall with our […]

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100% Worthy with Heal for Life!

October 19, 2015

In celebration of World Mental Health Day on 10th October our CEO Peri took herself off to the Hunter Valley for a weekend at Heal for Life. Heal for Life provides residential programs that aim to empower people to heal from childhood trauma and child abuse. They run programs for adults, young people and kids, […]

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