BEING is always interesting in hearing people’s lived experience.

BEING regularly visits towns across the NSW to hear about the experiences of people who use mental health services. This information is used to inform the government about what needs to be done to provide better support and services for people with mental illness in NSW.

The consultations are run quite informally, and provide mental health consumers with an opportunity to have their say about the mental health system – what they do and don’t like about the system, and what they think needs to change to ensure that all consumers experience equality in accessing services. Occasionally we will also host consultations which focus on specific issues, which will then influence BEING’s advocacy work.

Information about BEING’s upcoming consultations is updated regularly on the website, and also promoted through our network. If you, a consumer group, or your service is keen to host a community consultation in your local area, contact BEING at or by calling 9332 0200.

Are You A Champion For Change?

June 22, 2015

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 […]

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Talking stigma and service improvement with peer workers on the Central Coast

June 16, 2017

Last week Jaime from Being and Elizabeth (Liz), CEO of WayAhead, travelled to the Central Coast for the Central Coast Peer Champions Forum, run by Central Coast ARAFMI. While we were there, we had the opportunity to meet with peer workers from around NSW, both consumers and carers, who shared the changes they have seen […]

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What the 2017 budget proposal means for people with mental health issues

May 10, 2017

Like many others in Australia, the staff at Being have been pouring over the 2017 federal budget proposal today and examining its impact for people in our community with mental health issues. We know that many people across Australia are in great need of better mental health services and are encouraged by the additional $165 […]

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Law Reform of Guardianship Act 1987

December 21, 2016

Guardianship Act Review – Question Paper 2 and 3: The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW), and is seeking people’s views. Under the current NSW Guardianship system, a decision-maker can be appointed to make personal, financial and medical decisions for a person who cannot make those decisions themselves. The Commission […]

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