The Mental Health Carers Voice Program works with carers to create a better mental health system nationally and in the ACT.
As the peak body for mental health carers in the ACT, we work closely with carers to help make positive changes to the mental health service system by ensuring that the perspectives, concerns and ideas voiced by mental health carers and their families are heard by decision-makers.
Towards this, we support mental health carers to participate in creating positive change in mental health and facilitate their involvement in consultations, media engagement and other advocacy efforts.
More specifically, we offer carers a wide variety of activities to keep you informed and involved.:
- Providing up-to date information to you through the development of resources.
- Providing training to the mental health sector including ACT Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) staff regarding working with carers.
- Keeping you up-to date with changes to the sector and providing opportunities to voice your needs and expertise.
- Seeking input from a broad range of mental health carers on key areas of need or current changes.
- Providing training so you can actively participate in advocacy.
- Developing policy papers including position statements, submissions, media releases, responses etc. that are informed by carers views and experiences.
There are many ways for you to participate and have your influence on policy and systemic change to the mental health system. You can participate as much as you choose.
We highly encourage you to share both positive and negative experiences of services as well so that we can make recommendations that are solution focused.
How To Get Involved
The main ways you can get involved are:
- Attending focus groups.
- Participating in deliberative processes.
- Participating in research.
- Taking surveys and polls.
- Attending Workshops.
- Sharing your carer story.
You can also be actively involved by:
- Giving input and feedback into position statements and policy submissions.
- Talking to media and at public speaking opportunities.
- Developing resources for carers.
- Sitting on our Mental Health Carer Steering Committee.
If you would like to get involved, learn more or simply subscribe to our newsletter, please send us your details by completing the attached form.
Newsletters: View current and past issues of our Mental Health Carers Voice newsletters here.
Staff Perceptions of Carer Engagement in ACT Mental Health Services