Get Involved in Mental Health Advocacy!

Carers Voice is a program for mental health carers to inform service delivery and policy development in the ACT. We do this through supporting carers in; 

See below for our upcoming events and opportunities to influence change in the mental health system!

Mental Health Week Awards

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their exceptional contribution to the community in the area of mental health?

Have you considered nominating for the 2016 Mental Health Awards?

‚ÄčNominations are now open. Applications close 15 September.

There are many exceptional people and initiatives working to promote and improve understanding, awareness, service provision, and the general mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community. The ACT Mental Health Week Awards (the Awards) aim to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations in the area of Mental Health in the ACT over the past 12 months.

 The Awards are a sector-wide initiative coordinated by the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) and implemented by the ACT Mental Health Week Committee (The Committee).

Awards Ceremony details
An awards ceremony, with morning tea, will be held to present each of the winners with their certificate and gift cards. It is hoped that all nominees are able to attend the awards ceremony, along with family, friends, work colleagues and, of course, the nominators.
Date:          Tuesday 11 October 2016
Venue:       ACT Legislative Assembly Foyer, 196 London Circuit, Civic
Time:         10:30am – 11.30am
Award Categories 
This year’s awards and scholarships include:

  • Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Award
  • Mental Health Consumer Award
  • Mental Health Carer Award
  • Mental Health Volunteer Award
  • David Perrin Award
  • Reciprocity Award
  • Michael Firestone Memorial Scholarships

Nomination Information
Any individual (paid employee or volunteer) or organisation in the ACT involved in the area of mental health can be nominated for an award, based on the criteria outlined in the nomination package, which can be downloaded from the Awards page at

Nominations Closing Date
All completed nomination forms must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 15 September 2016.

Getting Support and More Information
If you would like more information or assistance please don't hesitate to contact us at Carers ACT or The ACT Mental Health Consumer Network (ACT MHCN)

Contact Carers ACT via, or 6296 9936  

or the ACT MHCN via;

Phone:        (02) 6230 5796
In person:   ACTMHCN Office (Room 11, Level 2, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Civic)

Mental Health Carer Drop In

Mental Health Carers are invited to join us for some lively discussion over a biscuit and a cuppa. Held on the last Friday of each month these sessions:

* Focus on a different topic each month  * Are driven by carers’ interests and concerns

TOPIC: It's all just semantics!  
Carers, consumers, support people, people with lived experience, nominated persons, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers, daughters, sons, friends, community, kin and people - you are invited to come to our Mental Health Drop in this month - let's make August about looking past the labels!

Date //    Friday 26 August
Time //    2.30pm - 4.00pm
Venue //  Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Cres, Holt
Cost //     FREE (afternoon tea provided)
No RSVP required // Contact or 6296 9936 for more information. 

NDIS Information Sessions / Workshops

With the NDIS recently rolled out in July, we know many consumers and carers are confused and concerned about what the NDIS can offer people living with psycho-social disability

Richmond Wellbeing are running 2 sessions about the NDIS and how it realtes to mental health.

Session 1: This peer led education workshops will help you to better understand the NDIS and give you the confidence to use it. We will give you the information and skills to share the message with friends and communities so consumers and carers can make their own choices and control thier own care services. 

Date //    Monday 5 September
Time //    10.00am - 3.00pm
Venue //  Woden Community Service, 26 Corinna Street Woden
Cost //     FREE (lunch provided)
Bookings // Contact  (08) 9350 8800 or go to

Session 2: Let's talk about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). What it is and how to use it. Richmond Wellbeing is bringing information sessions for carers and consumers all over Australia.

Date //    Tuesday 6 September
Time //    10.00am - 3.00pm
Venue //  Richmond Fellowship, Cnr Fairbairn & Pialligo Ave, Pialligo
Cost //     FREE (lunch provided)
Bookings  //  Contact (08) 9350 8800 or go to

Helping consumers and carers use the NDIS

Consumer and Carer Views Wanted for ANU Research


ACACIA: THe ACT consumer & Carer Mental Health Unit at ANU are seeking Mental Health Consumers and Carers to be interviewed as part of a research project examining how mental health stories can be ethically told, considering both consumer and carer perspectives. A $20 gift voucher is being offered to those who participate in the study. For more information or to express your interest email Click here to read the flyer

Carers Voice Online SANE Forum


Topic Tuesday: September topic announced closer to the date

Date //   Tuesday September TBC
Time //   7:00pm onwards
Go to //  Carers Voice SANE forum by clicking here. Register for the event here.

Carer Representative Opportunities

Would you like to volunteer your time by working directly with ACT Health to get mental health carers issues heard?

Our Carer Representative program is a group of dedicated volunteers with mental health caring experience that sit on ongoing committees or short term working groups working on various aspects of mental health. We receive invitations from ACT Health for passionate carers who are looking to get to the heart of the systemic issues and work to improve ACT Mental health care for carers. 

A number of opportunities have become available for mental health carers to sit on committees and speak up on carers issues!
  • ACT Health, Reducing Aggression Steering Committee
  • Adult Mental Health Unit, Consumer and Carer Feedback Quality Committee
Contact Sarah at for more information about these roles and responsibilities.


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