It was an absolute honour for BEING – Mental Health Consumers to host the 30th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the NSWCAG (Mental Health) which was held at Parliament House on November 8th 2022

It was a chance for old colleagues to reunite, for old stories to be shared and for the original committee members, who laid the foundation for the integration of lived experience into mental health service provisions, to take a bow and remind those working in the space today of the need for continued determination and strength to enact the change we still need to see in patient-informed mental healthcare.

Two weeks after the event, Scott Farlow MP (chairman of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Mental Health at the time) was sufficiently appreciative of the event that he moved a motion in parliament so that the efforts of all involved in the event will forever be on the Hansard record of the NSW Parliament.

BEING is very grateful for Scott’s leadership of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Mental Health over several years, and it’s an honour to share both his letter to BEING and the motion tabled in parliament here.

BEING – Mental Health Consumers