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!


What is Mental Health Week?

Mental Health Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia and over 100 countries in an effort to raise community awareness and understanding of mental illness, reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with people living with mental illness, and promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

  •   Across Canberra, Mental Health Week promotes community wellbeing.

  •  From Sunday 9 October to Saturday 15 October, events are happening across the ACT and there is lots to see and do.

  •  See the full calendar of events happening in the ACT for Mental Health Week. Most events are free. Some require registration.

High Five for Mental Health Supporters

We are now looking toward Mental Health Week (9 -15 October) and are running a social media campaign to thank #MHSupporters.

If you or anyone you know would like to thank someone who supports a person with their mental health please get involved. We aim to use the campaign to spread the word that people with mental health issues don't need to 'go it alone'.

How to get involved //

Post a picture, message or video thanking mental health supporters - the catchphrase is "high five for mental health supporters" and we are using the hashtags #highfive #MHSupporters to follow the campaign.

Check out our facebook video! Click here to watch us high-fiving MH supporters!!

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

Let's talk about your experience with the NDIS

Date //    Friday 28 October
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. 

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

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
  • Clinical Systems Advisory Committee
  • Electronic Clinical Record Steering Committee
Contact Sarah at for more information about these roles and responsibilities.

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