2022 Election: Vote with mental health in mind

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Mental Health Australia Media releases relating to the 2022 Federal election

Letters to key politicians and candidates

Issues papers

Tell your story

Shareable resources



Media releases


Letters to key politicians and candidates

As part of our Election Platform, Mental Health Australia has written to key politicians, MPs and candidates to alert them to our campaign and that we are encouraging all to vote with mental health in mind. 

Labor’s response is here.


Issues papers

From the pandemic to petrol prices, we know people are under extreme pressures at the moment, and that can have a huge impact on the mental health of individuals and communities.​

We also know our mental health system has been under serious pressures for many years now, and while there have been reviews, reports and recommendations to improve our system, the progress and systemic action has been slow.​

The 2022 Federal Election is our chance to highlight how every election issue can impact the mental health of individuals, families, our mental health system, and the mental health of our communities. This is our chance to look beyond just the health portfolio and look at all the issues and policy announcements with mental health in mind.​

The full set of issues papers can be found here.



The voice of lived experience votes too

Ahead of the 2022 Federal Election on 21 May, where every issue will impact our mental health, your lived experience voice has never been more important and at Mental Health Australia we are asking you to tell your story direct to the candidates vying for your vote.

Below is a four-step process, and reference material to help you write to the local member, Senator or candidate in your electorate. Your letter can outline what it is you personally are looking for when it comes to mental health reform and access to services in your local area, and if shared with Mental Health Australia can add to the collective lived experience voice highlighting many pressing issues at a community level.

Federal Elections are about local issues, for local candidates in local communities. Your lived experience voice can help highlight those local issues and needs for mental health services in your area and turn help the nation design a more inclusive and structured mental health system.

Step 1.  

Find out who your local member, Senator or candidate is and how best to contact them.

For those who are already elected you can do this by simply entering your postcode into this website. Senators & Members Search Results – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au)
For the candidates in your electorate who are not already in Parliament, we suggest a quick google search will tell you who they are and how to contact them via their campaign office. In many cases, those who are looking to be elected may be more receptive to the issues you are looking to raise. Oh, and if you need to find out what electorate you live in you can do that here https://electorate.aec.gov.au/

Step 2.

Work out what you would like to say, what service need you want to highlight in your community and how much of your personal story you would like to share as part of letter.

To help with this, we’ve included a Fictional Example Letter below, as well as some evidence and recommendations from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health. The content of this letter is completely up to you, as is how much of your personal story you share, but remember once you’ve written to the current MP or Senator, there’s nothing stopping you sending the same letter to other candidates in your electorate.

Step 3.

Send the correspondence via email, post or social media…

Once you’ve compiled your letter or email, the next step is as simple as sending it via your method of choice, and then being patient. It is important to manage your expectations around whether you will receive a reply to your correspondences as MPs, Senators and candidates receive hundreds of letters, especially during an election campaign. In some instances you may receive an automatic reply straight away, or no reply at all, however, be assured that your letter or email will be read and considered by someone within the party, most probably a campaign volunteer. It might seem a little strange to write a letter knowing it’s unlikely to be replied to, but it can help, and could be the start of a very important conversation and debate to improve mental health services in your community.

Step 4.

If you are happy to share your letter with Mental Health Australia, we could help amplify your voice and more importantly your concerns for mental health reform and service provision in your community. Letters would be de-identified (eg we would take your name and address off them) to assist with privacy and then they would published on the Mental Health Australia website and via social media channels to help spread the word and highlight the many issues of concern around the future of our mental health system and services. To share your lived experience voice with Mental Health Australia please email info@mhaustralia.org

Your story is your story.

Telling your story can be extremely powerful and provide a personal touch to an issue or topic that needs to be addressed by government. Telling your story can also be emotionally draining, take time and support to prepare for, and take time and support to recover from.

At Mental Health Australia we encourage anyone with a lived experience to use their voice to help improve our mental health system and highlight the many reforms needed at a community, state and national level.

We also encourage those with lived experience, and those who love and care for them, to look after themselves when preparing to tell their story, when telling it, and when recovering from telling it.

Your story is your story, and at Mental Health Australia we respect that.

To find out more on how best to prepare to tell your story click here or go to https://mindframe.org.au/suicide/communicating-about-suicide/support-for-lived-experience-speakers


Shareable resources

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