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About the sector

The community managed mental health sector is a key provider of mental health services and supports to people in the community.

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Annual Reports

Find detailed information on the work we do to support the community managed mental health sector.

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Latest news

Catch up on all the latest news and stories from the community-based mental health sector.

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Discover a range of ways to connect and learn through our events, forums and talks.

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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Registered training

Build on your lived experience or on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

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Contact us to design a professional development solution for your workforce and organisation.

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Our members

Our members are community managed mental health organisations, large and small, local and NSW-wide service providers.

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Become a member

Join a strong network of community-based mental health organisations delivering better outcomes for people in New South Wales.

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Recovery Oriented Language Guide: Quick Reference

Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

We may be unaware of how the words we use reflect our attitudes and impact those around us. Words can affect a person’s sense of self and make them feel included or excluded. They can convey hope and optimism or a sense of pessimism and low expectations.

When talking or writing about mental health, think about the language you use.


We’ve developed a printable Quick Reference guide to help you and others begin to change the conversation around mental health.

Download Quick Reference guide

To explore in depth, visit the comprehensive Recovery Oriented Language Guide on ourĀ Resources page.

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