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The Lived Experience Leadership Digital Library (the Library) is a central repository of mental health consumer and carer leadership-related knowledge and initiatives. It strives to focus on work by those with lived experience but also includes work generated by non-government organisations and academic and clinical and/ or biomedical documents to shed light on the role of systems and their readiness to recognise and provide support for those with lived experience to become leaders of change.

The material in the Library includes:

  • Research and scholarly articles
  • Book chapters
  • General informational articles
  • Conference papers
  • Visual and diagrammatic material
  • Guidelines
  • Frameworks
  • Tools
  • Policy and Reports
  • Significant initiatives
  • Video and podcasts
  • Websites

The Library provides links to accessible summaries and full-length texts. Much material is available in full, but sometimes we can only provide a citation and an abstract or summary (a brief description) instead of the whole text which can be accessed through institutional membership, subscription or by payment. Wherever possible, the full text of the material is made freely available. If you have trouble accessing a full-text article please contact us.


Please note that inclusion of items in the Lived Experience Leadership Digital Library may not be the views of or endorsement by NMHCCF, MHLEEN or funding bodies. Whilst we have applied careful consideration and moderation of materials posted on the Library, we do not take responsibility for any errors, omissions, inaccuracies or for any known or unknown consequences that may result from reliance on any information provided in this platform. The information posted on the Library is not intended to be relied upon or be a substitute for legal, clinical or other professional advice.

Content warning

The library may contain some articles with content that could be considered by some people to be triggering or distressing. Please ensure that you implement your self-care strategies and if needed please contact:

Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636.

For First Nations people in need of support please contact:

13YARN - 13 92 76 and Wellmob

Project Partners

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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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