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National Mental Health Commission Update
24 December 2020

Making time for rest and connection

As 2020 comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to each of you to say thank you for your concerted efforts and dedication to mental health and suicide prevention. Now is the perfect time to take a break and look after yourselves and each other. 

This summer is about #MakingTime to care for your mental health, whether it is spending time with family or friends, or the time you need for yourself.

Holiday breaks and Christmas gatherings may look a little different this year as we are adapting to a new phase of COVID-19 restrictions. This can be challenging not only for those who are experiencing mental ill health for the first time but also for Australians and their carers who live with mental illness everyday.

Now is the time we need to reach out to each other to offer support and encourage those within our communities to connect with support services when they are needed. If you feel comfortable, please share with us how you are #MakingTime to look after yourself so that you may be able to inspire other Australians to take a further step towards supporting their mental health and wellbeing. Learn more about this initiative at

As a sector and a nation, we continue to make the changes needed to move towards all Australians having the best mental health possible. We welcome the addition of an Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, The Hon. David Coleman MP, which was announced earlier this week. I look forward to a new year where each Australian, regardless of severity of illness or need, can receive support for their mental health and wellbeing through a unified approach to delivering system reform.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday break. Stay safe.

Christine Morgan


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Mental health & suicide prevention reform a national priority

The Commission welcomes the swearing-in of the new ministry including The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, and in the new role of Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, The Hon. David Coleman MP.

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How are you #MakingTime this summer?

Australians living with a mental illness or mental ill health and their families and carers have told us that the one thing that has helped them through difficult moments is making time for what matters to them. In a year where most Australians have been faced with mental health challenges, those who live every day with mental illness and their carers have a wealth of experience about how they make time for their mental health. We are asking all Australians to share how you are #MakingTime for your mental health this holiday period as part of a new summer initiative.

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Making time for your mental health a priority for Christmas

The Commission urges all Australians to prioritise making time for their mental health and wellbeing as we face a new phase of pandemic related challenges for Christmas and summer. CEO, Ms Christine Morgan, said yet again we are being challenged by COVID-19 and this can be tough. 

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