BEING is the independent, state-wide peak organisation for people with a lived experience of mental illness (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
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 monthly 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 and the Recovery Forum to promote consumer issues and provide a space for consumers to network and engage with BEING’s other stakeholders
- 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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In September, Elena and Kirsten visited Wagga and sat down with some local consumers to talk about mental health reform and what issues are important to people with lived experience in Wagga. It was great to see some familiar faces, and some new ones. An issue of real importance to participants was community supports for […]Read more
In August this year, Elena and Emma visited Newcastle to hold a consultation to hear people’s feedback on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and another to hear about their experiences of the mental health system in the Newcastle area. The outcomes of these consultations have now been transcribed and summarised into a report. Click […]Read more
In this event, Nick Putman and Richard Armitage will introduce the Open Dialogue approach, the seven principles that underlie it, and the practice of facilitating network meetings, including the 12 elements of dialogic practice. There will be opportunity for discussion. Open Dialogue is an approach to integrated healthcare service delivery and a philosophical approach to caring […]Read more