Project status: Open

How to have YourSay:

The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing is working closely with the community, including people with lived experience of mental illness, carers, service providers and government, to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all Canberrans.

Between February and March, Canberrans helped us develop our priorities, and a vision for mental health and wellbeing in the ACT. See background for more information about this phase of the engagement.

We're now working, in partnership with Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) and the Capital Health Network and the Canberra community, to build on what is working well and what else needs to be in place to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families. This includes community-led, as well as government funded programs, in mental health promotion, prevention, education and service provision.

We want you to have a chance to let us know what is important to you when you think about your own mental health and wellbeing or for the mental health and wellbeing of someone in your care so we can to create this together.

We want to hear from everyone in our community that is interested in sharing their thoughts and experiences.

We are looking at:

We are undertaking a review of the current programs and services available to children and young people (up to 25 years of age) to help identify gaps and challenges. Understanding this landscape will help us make recommendations for future projects or funding that will support the children and young people within our community.

By capturing your views, you’re helping us to develop and guide future projects.

Your views are being used to:

Your views and experiences will help us to understand the challenges experienced by children and young people. This will help to inform co-design workshops and recommendations on how to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the ACT.

You may also be interested in the ACT Government's work on Wellbeing Indicators to inform government policy into the future. The Indicators will consider what we value as a community and want to prioritise across a wide range of areas including health, living standards, environment and communities. You can see more at Wellbeing.

If you need immediate support and assistance, please call Access Mental Health on 1800 629 354 or 02 6205 1065. Access Mental Health offer mental health services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These services give you access to assessment and treatment services and offer advice and information on a range of mental health issues.