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

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New language guide helps us find the right words, because words matter

New language guide helps us find the right words, because words matter

As more people access mental health services due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and compounding exposure to natural disasters, it is increasingly important that inclusive, safe and positive language around mental health is used in health and support settings. To encourage the use of respectful and accepting language, Mental Health Coordinating Council has […]

New project to build allies and champions for the community-based mental health sector

Mental Health Coordinating Council has initiated a new project to deepen understanding and awareness among key New South Wales decision makers of the work done by community-based mental health organisations. As the NSW peak body for community managed organisations, we work to build greater knowledge and understanding of the community managed mental health sector and […]

2022 Federal Budget Preliminary Analysis for community mental health

Sector welcomes increased funding for mental health services in some areas, however, the lack of support for psychosocial services a concern. Mental Health Community Coalition ACT’s Senior Policy and Systemic Advocacy Officer, Corinne Dobson, has provided a preliminary analysis on the Federal Budget and what it means for the sector. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the […]

Top four investment priorities for mental health in New South Wales Budget 2022 – 2023

Mental Health Coordinating Council is calling for the New South Wales Government to address the following top four mental health priorities in the NSW Budget 2022 – 2023.   5,000 additional housing and accommodation support packages for people living with a severe mental health condition, delivered over four years at an additional cost of $190 […]

New investment needed to address the gap in psychosocial support services

Opinion piece by Carmel Tebbutt, CEO Mental Health Coordinating Council When the Productivity Commission released its watershed report into mental health over 12 months ago, it clearly articulated the need to expand the provision of psychosocial supports to the thousands of people missing out on these crucial services. To help propel governments towards this solution, […]

Creating a safe and inclusive workplace for people living with a mental health condition

This article is part of the Filling your Cup series to improve the health of people working in the community mental health sector. Brought to you by WayAhead Workplaces and Mental Health Coordinating Council and written by Steph Thompson, WayAhead Workplaces Lead. The workplace mental health sector has grown in awareness and understanding of the […]

The design of work – how the structure of the organisation we work for, the work we do and how we do it influence our mental health

  This article is part of the Filling your Cup series to improve the health of people working in the community mental health sector. Brought to you by WayAhead Workplaces and Mental Health Coordinating Council and written by Steph Thompson, WayAhead Workplaces Lead.   All workplaces have psychosocial risk factors. Plenty of these will be […]

Mandatory vaccinations and employment conditions

New information sheet on mandatory vaccinations and conditions of employment for the community managed mental health sector Mental Health Coordinating Council recognises community mental health organisations and workers face complex considerations around employment conditions and the COVID-19 vaccination. To help provide guidance around these and other complex issues surrounding the vaccine and conditions of employment […]

Why leaders are so important in supporting good mental health in the workplace and the core competencies needed

This article is part of the Filling your Cup series to improve the health of people working in the community mental health sector. Brought to you by WayAhead Workplaces and Mental Health Coordinating Council and written by Steph Thompson, WayAhead Workplaces Lead.   An organisation that is mentally healthy, has a shared vision at all […]

Why is workplace mental health important, what is the business case and what are potential barriers?

The first article in the ‘Filling your Cup’ series to improve the health of people working in the community mental health sector. Brought to you by WayAhead Workplaces and Mental Health Coordinating Council and written by Steph Thompson, WayAhead Workplaces Lead.   It may seem unnecessary to spend time outlining to those who work in […]

Report shows significant growth in the community mental health workforce

A new report from Mental Health Coordinating Council finds the community mental health workforce is growing at pace, and demand for a larger and more skilled workforce is set to continue. The Mental Health Workforce Profile: Community Managed Organisations Report 2021 launched in September 2021 collects much needed data on the people driving community managed […]

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