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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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Celebrating 40 years

Mental Health Coordinating Council emerged at a time of great change in the mental health sector. Forty years ago, old institutions were closing, funding for community services was growing and the emphasis shifting to recovery and hope.

In 1983 a group of dedicated mental health advocates recognised the pressing need for a voice to represent the valuable work happening in the community. With limited resources, but considerable determination, they set about establishing an organisation that would be a force for the sector.

Four decades on, Mental Health Coordinating Council is a leading peak body championing strong community mental health organisations working to improve the lives of people with lived experience of mental health through leadership, advocacy and support.

In 2023 we celebrate 40 years
  • Supporting people living with mental health conditions to live meaningful lives in the communities of their choice
  • Championing a strong community mental health sector
  • Providing leadership, advocacy and support for community mental health and the people our sector works to support
  • Making a positive difference by driving reform, sustainability and system improvements in mental health and wellbeing
  • Supporting the delivery of impactful services for people with a lived experience of mental ill-health by delivering innovative, best practice training and capacity-building resources and tools to the sector
  • Positively impacting many people by fostering hope, resilience and recovery.


our 40 year Timeline



Mental Health Coordinating Council is born when representatives from six community mental health organisations begin monthly meetings.


The newly incorporated Mental Health Coordinating Council begins consulting with consumers and carers about reforms for mental health.


Mental Health Coordinating Council is appointed as a principal member of the NSW Department of Health Education Committee. The organisation also presents its First Annual Report to stakeholders


Mental Health Coordinating Council relocates its office to the Rozelle Psychiatric Hospital site at Callan Park and the first FYI newsletter for the sector is released via fax.


The first edition of the NSW Mental Health Rights Manual is published by Mental Health Coordinating Council.


The first Working Groups to inform the Mental Health Act Inquiry consultation process is established.


Mental Health Coordinating Council’s Learning & Development becomes an accredited Registered Training Organisation.


The Community Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Research Network is established with the Network of Alcohol & Other Drugs Agencies.


Mental Health Coordinating Council hosts the first Mental Health and National Disability Insurance Scheme Conference in NSW.


After a community workforce survey, the first Workforce Report for the NSW community-managed mental health sector is released.


Mental Health Coordinating Council spearheads online experience sharing, support and response framework for members during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mental Health Coordinating Council publishes Shifting the Balance which sets out the organisation’s key priorities for investment.


As we reflect on our journey, we are immensely grateful to the countless people who have contributed and the transformations we’ve witnessed. But we are not stopping here. Our commitment to supporting people to live meaningful lives in the community remains steadfast.

Together, we can make an even greater difference in the next 40 years and beyond.

40 Years of Memories



The MHCC Logo

Over the past forty years Mental Health Coordinating Council has had a total of three different logo designs. The current logo design was developed in 2010 and is dubbed The Birds.

The Birds represent the concepts of ‘being with’, ‘walking beside’ and ‘supporting’. These two birds represent hope and movement. One supports the other as they fly/journey together.

There are dual readings of the supportive journey represented in The Birds. The design works as a representation of MHCC member services supporting consumers, families, peers and carers on their recovery journeys. However, it also works as a visual interpretation of the support MHCC provides its member organisations as they strive to improve outcomes for people accessing their services.

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