Consumer Representative Opportunities

Looking to contribute to change, or find advocacy activities to participate in?

One of the objects of the MHLEPQ is to “work with the mental health system to empower and build capacity of experienced and emerging mental health
consumer representatives to participate in mental health sector improvement initiatives.”

Here you will find act for people identifying as having lived or living experience of poor mental health to take part on various representative bodies and working groups.

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Activities with the MHLEPQ

Here’s a list of current MHLEPQ activities.

Save the date! 

Our next Member MeetUp

When: May 29th 2024, at 5 pm Qld time

Where: MHLEPQ Office – Shop 4/67 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill or by Teams.

Mental Health Lived Experience Peak Queensland – Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is to be held on 12 June 2024 commencing at 5:30 PM. Members are invited to join in person, at our Spring Hill office, online via the Teams, or via proxy.

Please follow the weblink to view the Agenda.

If you are able to attend the meeting, and would like to appoint a proxy, please complete the Proxy Form. Proxy Forms must be submitted to Jorgen Gullestrup, MHLEPQ CEO, via email: [email protected], by Monday 10th of June before 5:30 pm.

We kindly ask you RSVP your attendance by filling out a short form: https://forms.office.com/r/a7rnVCV3i2.

eXTERNAL REquests for lived experience engagement.

Here you will find current requests for Lived Experience engagement from external organisations.

Follow the links to find more information, including how to connect directly with the activity organisers. 

TheMHS Conference 2024 is taking place in Canberra 27 – 30 August – please see their website for further information Canberra Annual Conference 2024 – TheMHS Learning Network Inc.

 

The BIG news is that TheMHS have opened Bursary applications for people with lived experience to attend TheMHS 2024 and applications close 12 April 2024

 

The following addition information is also available.

  1. TheMHS Awards nominations are now open and are closing 11 April 2024
  2. Early Bird registrations close 31 May 2024
  3. We have volunteer opportunities for students which applications are open now too and close 31 May 2024

Griffith University is seeking your invaluable insights from your lived experience to shed light on reasons behind the rise of involuntary psychiatric treatment in Queensland. Follow the link to find out more or to express interest in participating in interviews to share your experiences and recommendations for enhancing mental health services.

To find out more or register to attend one of the below community consultations, please visit: Queensland trauma strategy (qmhc.qld.gov.au). 

IPSWICH
Trauma strategy
Friday 22 March 2024
9.00 am – 12.00 noon
North Ipswich Corporate Centre

IPSWICH
Mental health & wellbeing strategy
Friday 22 March 2024
1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
North Ipswich Corporate Centre

CAIRNS
Trauma strategy
Friday 19 April 2024
9.00 am – 12.00 noon
Pullman Cairns International

CAIRNS
Mental health & wellbeing strategy
Friday 19 April 2024
1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Pullman Cairns International

ROMA
Trauma strategy
Thursday 2 May 2024
9.00 am – 12.00 noon
Roma Explorers Inn

ROMA
Mental health & wellbeing strategy
Thursday 2 May 2024
1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Roma Explorers Inn

Statewide Consultation
WEBINAR
Trauma strategy
Monday 22 April 2024
12.30pm – 2.30pm
Online only

University of the Sunshine Coast is undertaking a study to investigate help-seeking behaviours for self-harm in young people. In particular, the study seeks to understand the facilitators and barriers to help-seeking for self-harm in young people.

They are recruiting:
• Young people (aged 15 to 24 years) with lived experience of self-harm
• Caregivers (aged 25 years or older) for a young person who has self-harmed
• Mental health professionals (aged 25 years or older).

Participation in this study will involve a 30- to 40-minute online survey and participants will be offered a participant payment of $20.00 cash (via bank transfer) for their time.

You can find out more about the study or express your interest in the study in the link: https://tinyurl.com/helpseeking4selfharm.

The QCOSS Quality Collaboration Network and Research and Evaluation Network warmly welcome you to our April meeting to discuss co-design and lived experience in the context of evaluation.


We will be joined by Donna Didlick (Project Director) and Hayley Harris (Lived Experience Lead) from the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, who will speak about their journey in co-design in the development of Finding North and the Finding North Network.


The Finding North team will share their reflections from working in partnership with an evaluator to gather data on people’s experiences of the network and the website.

This session will include valuable information about the importance and approaches of embedding lived experience, expertise and perspectives that community services staff will find useful and thought provoking when incorporating these practices into their own service delivery models and evaluation practices.

When: April 11 2024, 10 – 11 am.

Where: Online via Teams

RSVP: Register to access the event Teams link.

Please visit the Queensland Mental Health Commission Trauma Strategy website for all the further details, including how to make a submission or information about the online survey

Sona Jerry is undertaking a research project with ANU on understanding the roles, and challenges faced by migrant consumer representatives in healthcare settings. It aims to examine the advocacy strategies they use, and the impact of these strategies on healthcare services. Special attention is given to the intersectionality of the consumers’ identities and the systemic barriers they encounter as well.

For data collection, Sona will be interviewing 10 participants who self-identify as migrants, and are consumer representatives regarding their motivations for entering the field, and the challenges they have experienced.

To participate, please fill in the form here.  

If you wish to contact Sona her details are: phone on 0420573681, or via email at [email protected].

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist is leading a project to support mental health service responses for individuals in custody who need treatment for mental illness in an inpatient unit. Please find more information here.

This is an invitation to participate in the last phase of a research project (conducted by University of the Sunshine Coast) that has created a web page on resources centring around Advanced Health Directives for people at risk of being secluded in a mental health facility. You may have had a personal experience more than 12 months ago or know of someone who has or work in the mental health sector in paid and volunteer capacities.

Your views will guide University of the Sunshine Coast in revising the web page.

The survey asks you to provide feedback on the web page the university designed and developed from participants’ views in an earlier survey. Please see the Research Project Information Sheet here for more details.

Please feel free to contact Dyann Ross at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Survey link here.

Web page link here for easy access.

The Queensland Psychosocial Peak / Queensland Alliance are holding two paid group consultations this month. These consultations will build on information and relationships gained in previous consultations to support systemic advocacy.


Find North Brisbane/Caboolture area information sheet here.


Find Townsville information sheet here.

Here's some more ways
to get involved.

  • Sign up as a MHLEPQ Lived Experience Member stay in the loop and join our lived experience community. 
  • Become a Friend of the Peak and stay in the loop with MHLEPQ projects and opportunities.
  • Apply to become a Peer Representative on a MHLEQP Lived Experience Advisory Group.
  • Find other participation opportunities happening in the sector. 
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Name(Required)
Do you have a direct experience of mental illness?
Do you identify as having a direct personal experience of suicidal ideation or surviving a suicide attempt?
Would you like to receive updates and news from the MHLEPQ?
Would you like a callback form the MHLEPQ?
Please note MHLEPQ is not a crisis support service. If you need crisis support please contact Lifeline.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

No, thank you.