BEING is the independent, state-wide peak organisation for people with a lived/living experience of mental health issues (consumers). We work with consumers to achieve and support systemic change.

BEING works in the following capacities:

Policy: advocacy and consultation
  • BEING represents consumers by engaging in consumer consultation and participation in forums across NSW, including in regional areas
  • Collaborative and responsive policy advocacy work is central to BEING’s work, including writing submissions and providing input and advice to government and other organisations working in the sector
  • BEING also undertakes generalised advocacy including developing position statements and conducting issued-based campaigns, driven by findings from consumer consultations
  • BEING provides advice and expertise through participation and representation on numerous committees and expert reference groups
Training: capacity building for consumers and workplaces
  • BEING provides training and workshops for consumers, service providers, workplaces and policy makers, with a particular focus on consumer participation and systemic advocacy
  • This involves the development new and innovative training programs and resources for consumers
  • Stay tuned for BEING’s upcoming training in 2020
Consultation and representation: stakeholder engagement, awareness raising and promotion of consumer issues
  • Raising awareness about and promoting consumer issues through a substantial online presence, including the BEING website, social media, media releases and weekly e-News
  • Engaging in representation and participation at conferences, seminars and other relevant events, including holding stalls and promoting BEING’s work and raising awareness about the issues facing consumers
  • Hosting events, such as Recovery in Art, the Consumer Peer Workers Forum and the Recovery Forum to promote consumer issues and provide a space for consumers to network and engage with BEING’s other stakeholders
Research
  • BEING undertakes research on consumer service needs, best practice for mental health consumer participation and quality mental health services
  • Establishing and developing relationships with relevant research institutions
Organisational and governance development
  • BEING is committed to ensuring its sustainability and continued growth as an organisation and is continuously involved in planning, monitoring and evaluation processes to this end
  • BEING supports the personal and professional growth of its staff and Board Members via professional development and training programs

Please note that BEING does not engage in advocacy for individuals.

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BEING conveys mental health consumer perspectives on COVID-19 impacts to Governments

May 11, 2020

The mental health impacts of COVID-19 are becoming clear and BEING, as the NSW peak body for people with lived experience, is playing an important role in conveying consumer perspectives and experiences so Governments can respond appropriately. BEING Bis proud to present a key set of work we have done to represent the interests of […]

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Loneliness & connection: Being survey and video meeting

April 30, 2020

Loneliness hasn’t been talked about much in the adjustments we’ve been asked to make to COVID-19, even though research shows it is a recurring factor in maintaining good mental health. There are realistic concerns currently that increased isolation will lead to higher levels of loneliness. Groups perceived to be most at risk include: the elderly; […]

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COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020: initial Being response

March 26, 2020

POSITION STATEMENT: COVID-19 EMERGENCY AMENDMENTS TO THE NSW MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2007: CONSUMER PERSPECTIVES LEFT OUT On 24 March 2020, the NSW Government passed a bill to make changes to several legislative processes for emergency procedures. The COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 was passed in NSW Parliament without any broader consultation or engagement […]

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