The 2017 NSW Budget: what does it mean for mental health?

June 23, 2017

Under the 2017 NSW budget, funding for mental health services has increased by 87 million (from 1.8 to 1.9 billion). This increase in mental health funding demonstrates that the government recognises the overwhelming impact of mental health issues on our community. However, the distribution of funding shows the government is not yet prepared to make […]

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Going back to where it started

April 7, 2017

In John’s media release announcing his farewell he talks about the achievements the Commission has made since its establishment in July 2012 and the people he has worked with. During this time we want to reflect on how the Commission started, and John’s involvement in setting up an organisation which has been an anchor in […]

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Rethinking Mental Health Conference 3.0

October 20, 2016

Rethinking Mental Health Conference is an exploration of new innovations and practices in mental health, suicide prevention, and drug and alcohol. Hosted by CESPHN, RMH3.0 is also a platform for service providers to connect, as well as learn more about the ongoing mental health reforms. Dr. Peri O’Shea will be making a guest appearance on a panel to talk […]

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Volunteers Needed for Trials of a New Treatment for Depression

October 17, 2016

UNSW researchers, with the help of National Health and Medical Research Council, have established a clinical trial on the effect of ketamine in treating severe depression. Black Dog Institute is seeking volunteers to attend a clinical trial for a potentially new treatment option for depression. Ketamine is currently used in anesthesia, sedation and pain relief, but […]

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First progress report on the NSW Mental Health Strategic Plan is out!

March 10, 2016

On 24 February 2016, the Mental Health Commission of NSW released their first progress report on how Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 is being put into practice. The Strategic Plan was published in December 2014 and is a road map for reform of the NSW mental health system.  The […]

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Report on follow up care after discharge from inpatient services

January 19, 2016

In 2015, the Audit Office of NSW carried out an audit to find out about the care that is being provided to people within seven days of discharge from a mental health inpatient unit. The Audit Office of NSW is the independent auditor of the NSW public sector, and it reports directly to the NSW […]

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Celebrating artists expression with the Mental Health Commission of NSW

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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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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