Bring Your Voice: Lived Experience Perspectives for Better Mental Health and Wellbeing
April 26, 2017
Message from the CEO
CoMHWA’s Bring Your Voice forum was held on 10th March 2017, on the eve of the 2017 State election, at Youth Head Quarters Leederville. We brought people together to share ideas for improving mental health and wellbeing, drawing on the wisdom of their lived experience of mental health distress and recovery and contributing to a welcoming peer-led community event.
We are proud to present their views through this Report to the new Minister for Mental Health, Hon. Roger Cook MLA, the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia, and to share findings with the broader sector and community. The overarching finding of this report is that mental health solutions lie far more in growing resilience and everyday life opportunities for people affected. While there may be a role for clinical, hospital supports, most of the journey occurs beyond clinic doors, and this is where investment will build better futures.
Our accompanying Bring Your Voice Video (scroll down to view!) captures how deeply mental health matters as something worth taking care of within ourselves, and through how we support the people around us. It captures key themes shared on the day. Above all, it highlights the hope and resilience of people who are meeting the challenges of distress… and emerging stronger.
We hope that Bring Your Voice will further inspire everyone who is contributing to mental health in Western Australia as they continue to affirm recovery and the value of people’s lived experience in bringing about greater mental health and wellbeing.