Participation for people who experience mental illness is both important to assist in making important decisions in things such as one's treatment choice, but also in providing feedback and input to policy makers, health services, advocacy organisations such as NSW CAG, and the government about how best to shape service delivery in the future. Participation also refers to how people living with mental illness can be engaged in the community, employment, training and education.
Participation is very beneficial for people who live with mental illness, and it has been shown that people with access to social networks cope better with the challenges they face in life.
The Australian Government identifies in the National Mental Health Plan that it is important to strengthen the mechanisms that support consumer participation in decision-making at all levels. The NSW mental health plan A New Direction for Mental Health outlines that a key area for focus is to "increase the participation of people with a mental illness in the community, employment, education and training".
Ways to Participate
- Through opportunities to provide feedback about services, through consultation with mental health organisations, health services and consumer groups
- Through opportunities for committee representation
- In community groups, such as consumer and support groups, and social networks
- Through opportunities for employment, further training and learning new skills
- Becoming involved in mental health advocacy and aware of issues that affect people living with mental illness
- Through the internet, such as accessing information, participating in online forums and discussion groups
Having your say
If you use mental health services and would like to have a say on issues relevant to mental health, we need to hear from you. Your input enables us to give the government the relevant advice. A good way to stay in touch with NSW CAG is to join our mailing list, Network NSW . This provides you with a quarterly newsletter and weekly E-News with information, opportunities to participate, events, current issues, other's stories, conferences, consultations and more. For more information and to join Network NSW go to NETWORK NSW .
For information about current consultations and surveys go to CURRENT CONSULTATIONS
To participate in current discussion go to CURRENT DISCUSSION
Get involved with NSW CAG
To get involved in NSW CAG you may also like to become a Member. Members of NSW CAG play an important role in the direction of the organisation by participating in Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings and voting in the Trustees to the NSW CAG Board.
Membership is opened to individuals who are:
- Residents of NSW
- Over the age of 18 years
- Not an employee of NSW CAG
- Has not been an employee of NSW CAG for more than 12 months
- Is not currently receiving and has not received in the past 12 months payment from NSW CAG for purposes other than reimbursement of expenses incurred in voluntary activities.
Membership is not currently available to organisations.
If you are not eligible to become a Member, you are still eligible to join Network NSW.
For more information and to become a Member go to MEMBERSHIP .