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Provide Feedback - Philosophy of Care for Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (before Friday May 29th)

LELAN and TACSI were recently Co-Design Partners with the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP), supporting their work to establish an Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (the Centre) in the Adelaide CBD.   

A series of co-design sessions were held with people with lived experience to explore what a new way of receiving/providing care could look like, particularly as an alternative to how emergency departments are currently accessed by people experiencing mental health distress and crisis.

Philosophy of Care document was created to guide the Centre’s design, implementation and oversight. We are now seeking your feedback so that the Philosophy of Care can be finalised by the OCP and the foundation laid for reshaping mental health services across South Australia.

Read more about this piece of work here and/or download the DRAFT Philosophy of Care hereFeedback should be sent to HealthOCP@sa.gov.au before 5pm Friday May 29th.

Survey - Lived Experience of Suicide by University of New England
This project aims to understand how individuals understand the term ‘Lived Experience of Suicide’.
In the survey you will be asked about your exposure to suicide and how you understand the role of ‘Lived Experience of Suicide’ in relation to suicide prevention. The research aims to enhance the knowledge base and understanding of how individuals and groups understand lived experience of suicide to better inform the inclusion of these views into suicide prevention. 
Access the survey here
Survey - NDIS and COVID19 by Mental Health Carers Australia (closes end of May)
Mental Health Carers Australia is currently talking to the National Disability Insurance Agency about what’s happening for families and carers of NDIS participants with psychosocial disability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Results of the survey will help the NDIA and other government departments to understand what’s happening for families and carers, and what they can do to address the issues.
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Online Focus Group's – Activating Lived Experience Leadership Research Project by LELAN and UniSA (throughout April and May)

This project aims to describe how lived experience advocacy and leadership across the mental health sector can be better defined, recognised and utilised in South Australia. We aim to also encourage systems change within the current health system culture.

This project may be relevant to you if you have personal lived experience or are a carer of a person living with mental health issues and are active as an advocate, representative, community speaker or peer worker. These are all roles where leadership skills come into play in terms of raising awareness, working with services and systems, and promoting lived experience perspectives.

New dates announced for Focus Groups to be held online:

     – Monday May 25th, 1.00-2.30pm

     – Thursday May 28th, 10.00-11.30am 

Further dates will be scheduled or can be arranged with your organisation or group of people actively using their lived experience.

You can register your interest by emailing Mark.Loughhead@unisa.edu.au or ehodges@lelan.org.au . 

Access more information here. 

Join StigmaWatch – SANE Australia

Sign up to SANE’s StigmaWatch program and join thousands of others who care about the portrayal of mental illness and suicide in the media. 

As a StigmaWatcher, you’ll work with SANE to keep an eye out for stigmatising, inaccurate or unsafe reporting of mental illness and suicide in the Australian media. 

They also encourage you to alert them to accurate, hopeful and responsible coverage so they can share those stories.

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Join the Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network

Be informed, get involved and help to strengthen the voice and influence of lived experience in South Australia. Also benefit from reduced member rates for workshops, access to our closed Facebook group, a quarterly members-only newsletter and more.