Mental Health issues and work are often closely intertwined.

I have found, by the time you feel the sense of urgency to act on career-related issues, there is often a buildup of other things that have significant mental health impacts.

If this sounds like you, and you’re in Victoria (Australia), you might have some insights to contribute to the new (updated) Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.

A genuine engagement process is currently underway, calling for individuals and organisations to contribute. This isn’t a survey or a tick and flick process like signing another online petition. This is a genuine opportunity for people who have well-considered ideas, to contribute (if you’re interested in the findings of the Royal Commission into mental health go here).

Before making your submission, take some time to read the relevant materials, perhaps consider writing a draft or an outline of your key points on paper, so when you go to the submission page you feel ready with clear thinking and can get your points across in an ordered, logical way that another reader can follow.

I encourage anyone with an interest in this space to take the opportunity to engage in our democracy and make a contribution to improving mental health service policy and projects.

For more information and to make a submission, please go to the page on Engage Victoria (

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