Much of the work Awareness does to make mental health services and wider society better for people with lived experience is through smaller groups of people getting together to work on a particular project e.g. seclusion elimination, youth issues or social events.

There are always a number of projects on the go, and anyone is welcome to connect with others to undertake a project they are passionate about. If you have ideas about what needs to happen or change in health services or society, get in touch and help find the people power and support to make it happen.

Current projects

  • Mad Poets Society – mental health themed open mic nights and writers group
  • SYNAPS Youth Action Network
  • Campaign to see lived experience valued in all mental health positions
  • Events Crew – running mental health promotion events
  • Submissions approval group – helping to write and edit Awareness views on policy
  • LEADR – Lived Experience Awareness Development and Research – a research group focussed on exploring issues that are important to people with personal experience
  • Child Custody Research – A project researching how people with mental illness or addiction experience child custody issues and promoting ways to improve outcomes
  • Political Nudge Group – In the lead up to the 2017 election the project group aims to keep mental health on the political agenda and ask candidates about their views and what they would do for our community. Post-election the group aims to lobby around the mental health communities needs.