Territory-wide Vision for Mental Health and Wellbeing
We’ve been working closely with stakeholders across government, non-government organisations, consumers and carers, and the community to develop a territory-wide vision for mental health in the ACT.
A kind, connected and informed community working together to promote and protect the mental health and wellbeing of all.
This tree represents strength through collaboration. A community that builds on input from a diverse range of people, is grounded and grows together. Together, we’ll improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Canberrans.
This work has led to the creation of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing Work plan. The plan helps create better planning and coordination of mental health and wellbeing information, support and services in the ACT.
The Work Plan acknowledges that people need a holistic approach which incorporates their mental and physical illness or alcohol and drug issues, housing, education and employment. It sets a way forward and builds on positive work happening across the territory to ensure better planning and coordination of information, support and services.
Developed with the community – for the community – we’re determined to look after the mental health and wellbeing of all Canberrans. The plan builds on the positive work already happening across the territory and brings together contributions from the mental health sector and Canberrans, including those with lived experience.
Read our plan here
Another key piece of work for the Office, is the implementation of Black Dog Institute’s Lifespan Integrated Suicide Prevention Framework.
LifeSpan is being be implemented in the ACT over the next three years, under the ‘Better care when you need it’ Suicide Prevention Budget Measure. It is a new, evidence-based approach to integrated suicide prevention in Australia. It combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach incorporating health, education, frontline services, business and the community.
If you would like to be involved in the work of the Office, please email your interest via email OfficeforMHW@act.gov.au or call 5124 9600.