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Innovative actions and or enterprises that support Lived Experience Leadership.

Premier of Victoria 
New mental health lived experience leadership. 
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Mary O’Hagan has been appointed as the first Victorian Executive Director of Lived Experience to help build Victoria’s new mental health and wellbeing system, ensuring those with experience of the mental health system are at the centre of its reform. The appointment delivers on a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to employ people with lived experience in leadership positions within the Department.

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) 
National Survivor User Network. 
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This is a UK membership organisation and a network of community groups and people who have experience of mental distress, ill-health and trauma who come together to create, challenge, and campaign. As a user-led organisation, all staff members and Trustees have lived experience.

Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network (MHLEEN) 
Lived experience advocacy delegates (LEAD). 
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Following recommendations from the November 2017 Stepped Care Workshop, in June 2018, the Department offered a contract for services with Brisbane North PHN to chair and project manage the newly formed National PHN Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network (MHLEEN). Due to its work, the Network received a commitment from the Department for a further three years.

The Global Mental Health Peer Network 
The Global Mental Health Peer Network: Unapologetically experts by experience. 
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The Global Mental Health Peer Network is the first global organisation dedicated to empowering the voices of persons with lived experience.

BEING Mental Health Consumers 
BEING Leadership Academy. 
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The focus of the BEING Leadership Academy is to deliver consumer-led, progressive and inclusive education. Through a collaborative approach to adult education, BEING Leadership Academy aims to engage with learners, share knowledge and open opportunities, while fostering positive relationships within our diverse community.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and live on across Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience

“A lived experience recognises the effects of ongoing negative historical impacts and or specific events on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encompasses the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the individual, family or community.

“People with lived or living experience of suicide are those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, been bereaved by suicide or having a loved one who has died by suicide, acknowledging that this experience is significantly different and takes into consideration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ways of understanding social and emotional wellbeing.” - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this site and invite them to provide any feedback or items for inclusion.

Recognition of Lived Experience

We also recognise people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health and recovery and the experience of people who are carers, families, kin, or supporters.


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