Our Work in Mental Health
We are a leading voice on the prevention of mental ill-health and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing – with local, national and global partnerships.
There is no doubt Australia must improve the service system to ensure that people experiencing mental illness get the support they need – when they need it, where they need it, and in the format that suits them best.
However, we must also prioritise reducing mental ill-health and its impacts. Our vision for Australia must also include more people living well, so that they don’t need to access the service system at all. We need to look at whole of life approaches to prevent mental ill-health and not just wait for an episode severe enough to warrant a response.
Everyone has a role to play in mental health – but leadership is needed to show people what role they play and assist them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed.
We are guided by evidence and our values in all the work we do. Our work in mental health includes:
- Advocating for prevention-focused approaches that complement treatment and recovery approaches to ensure a more effective response to mental health and mental ill-health
- Building the capacity and capability of diverse workforces (including teachers, media, health workers, families and others) to contribute to the prevention of mental ill-health and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing
- Developing mental health policy that puts prevention first - informed by evidence as well as the needs of diverse sectors, workforces and communities
- Increasing the understanding of the link between the prevention of mental ill-health, prevention of suicide, and the prevention of other health and behavioural risks
- Developing, testing and implementing scalable prevention programs that focus on the reduction of mental ill-health, improved mental health and wellbeing and the elimination of stigma
- Leading the development of better connections across prevention approaches and service systems
- Contributing to the evidence base with a focus on translational research and implementation science.
At Everymind, we work in partnership with national and state commissions and departments of health, primary health networks, other mental health organisations, diverse sectors and governments, as well as those with personal experience of mental ill-health.
We have research partnerships with:
- University of Newcastle, Priority Research Centre for Mental Health and the Centre for Resources, Health and Safety
- University of NSW (and the Black Dog Institute)
- Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use
- Hunter New England Local Health District
- Hunter Medical Research Institute.
Our director and/or other staff at Everymind are a current member of:
- NSW Mental Health Commission, Community Advisory Group
- QLD Mental Health Commission, Early Action Reference Group
- NSW Wellbeing Collaborative
- Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Community Advisory Group
- Centre for Resources Health and Safety, University of Newcastle.
We have a diverse and passionate team which is dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing.
Our skills include:
- Translating evidence into scalable prevention programs and practical resources that are fit-for-purpose
- Delivering effective and tailored responses to the prevention of mental ill-health at a regional and national level
- Working with a range of health and non-health sectors, communities and partners
- Workforce development – including the development and delivery of workforce plans, pre-service curriculum approaches, tailored training and training packages
- Policy development – including whole of community responses as well as workplace, school and media responses
- Translational research and program evaluation
- Strategic communication and stakeholder management.
We are competent and experienced in working with a broad range of mental health initiatives, services and programs such as:
- Health services, emergency services, community and family services and non-government organisations
- Educational settings- including schools, early childhood services, universities and registered training organisations
- Media and communication organisations
- Workplaces and industries, including small businesses
- Governments and policymakers
- Families and carers
- Research institutions
- People with a lived experience of mental ill-health, with a particular focus on families and carers
- Communities - including priority populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex, and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.