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National Mental Health Commission Update
19 January 2023

The reform journey continues in 2023

Welcome to 2023 and our first newsletter of the year. I hope many of you found time for an end-of-year break and that the new year is helping you to prioritise things that enhance your health and wellbeing.

I want to also acknowledge that many communities in Australia have been, and are currently being, severely impacted by natural disasters. Working through these challenging events takes many months and sometimes years, with the aftermath often presenting an obstacle course of emotional, financial, social and logistics challenges. We recognise the tireless effort and commitment communities have to supporting one another, as well as emergency and long-term service and system delivery and reform needed to support communities.

The Commission is finalising some significant pieces of work in 2023, including the National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy (the team is currently seeking your feedback on the Draft Strategy) and the National Workplace Initiative will have some announcements shortly.

The National Suicide Prevention Office has made significant strides in the development of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy with the publication of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy scoping paper consultation feedback.

We are working on a range of new projects to guide national system reform and will be sharing these with you over the coming months. If you wish to be involved or contribute to the Commission’s work in 2023 please register in the Have Your Say consultation platform.

You may be interested to learn about a new avenue for support in NSW, with the recent launch of the Transcultural Mental Health Line, the first multicultural mental health line in Australia. Along with the launch of 13YARN last year (which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), we are seeing opportunities for Australians to connect to culturally safe and appropriate services.

There is so much talent and dedication within the mental health sector in Australia, and we look forward to working closely with you, and the organisations and people that you represent and support throughout 2023.

I look forward to sharing more updates throughout the year.

Christine Morgan


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Draft National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy released for feedback

Working in collaboration with people with personal lived experience, families, carers and support people and people with other forms of expertise, the Commission has developed a Draft National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy.

The Draft Strategy presents a long-term vision, and proposes practical actions to reduce self-stigma, public stigma and structural stigma and discrimination. 

We invite your feedback on how to strengthen the draft Strategy to ensure it drives meaningful and sustained change across the diversity of experiences of stigma and discrimination.

Consultation open until Wednesday 1 February, 2023.

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Update from the National Suicide Prevention Office

The National Suicide Prevention Office (NSPO) has launched iNSPO, a digital newsletter for sharing updates on news, projects, consultation and other opportunities to get involved in suicide prevention reform with the NSPO. Please Click here to view the launch edition and to register to receive future editions direct from the team at NSPO.

Also launched is the NSPO Have Your Say HUB which will be regularly updated with consultation opportunities and projects as they are developed. Just newly added is the publication of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy scoping paper consultation feedback. On this page, you will be able to find feedback received from the public, discover how the feedback was incorporated into the Strategy and access the revised National Suicide Prevention Scoping Paper.

We are grateful to all who took the time to review and provide feedback.

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Transcultural Mental Health Line

The Transcultural Mental Health Line is a telephone service available to support people who live in NSW who are from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The Australian-first service is staffed by registered bilingual mental health professionals covering up to 30 languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Vietnamese and Ukrainian.

The Line operates Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm and you can call on 1800 648 911.

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