This 4th Edition of the Mental Health Rights Manual has been produced by the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) with financial support from the Mental Health Commission of NSW. MHCC gratefully acknowledges this support for its important resource. The Commission is an independent body which was established to drive reform that benefits Lived experience is the knowledge and understanding acquired from living through something. When this manual refers to people with lived experience of mental illness, it means people living with mental health conditions (sometimes called consumers) and family or friends supporting someone living with mental illness (sometimes called carers). of mental illness and their families and carers. The Commission’s support of the Manual recognises the vital role such a resource can play in assisting people experiencing mental health conditions, their carers and families, and the workers supporting them to better access important information affecting their interactions with mental health and human services, and the law in NSW.
You can learn more about the Commission from its website by following this link.
The previous two versions of this publication (2nd & 3rd editions) were produced with the financial assistance of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. MHCC acknowledges this assistance with great appreciation, as it laid the foundation for the ongoing growth and development of this important ‘living document’.
DISCLAIMER: any opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mental Health Commission of NSW.
NOTE: The many website links available in this Manual connect to hundreds of other freely available government and community based service and information websites as well as to Australian State and Federal legislation and International charters. The organisations concerned own the copyright of material on their websites and should be referenced accordingly when used in other documents.
Updated August 31, 2015