Lived and Living Experience
The Campus Mental Health Strategy (the Strategy) believes people with lived and living experiences have a fundamental right to be involved in decision making that affects them.
Together, we can create services and systems where nothing about us, is without us.
The Children's Mental Health Gallery 2022 /23
The Children’s Mental Health Gallery showcases creative expressions of mental health experiences. This includes visual, audio, and written expressions.
We are dedicated to amplifying and celebrating lived and living experiences of mental health challenges and recovery. We believe in the power of creativity to raise awareness and create hope. From managing triumphs and hurdles, to bringing attention to little-known experiences – we want to make sure that diverse experiences are seen.
The online exhibition was launched as part of Mental Health Week 2022 and will be accessible for 6 months from 10 October 2022 until 10 May 2023.
The Gallery was established in 2022, with an inaugural online exhibition.
In 2023, we are excited to host an exhibition in-person at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
With a select group of 20 artists, we have curated an exhibition to explore lived and living experiences.
This includes a Gallery Event for artists and audiences to connect.
The 2023 exhibition is also available for online viewing, and will soon include podcast episodes that feature interviews with each artist.
Please click the link to view both 2022 and 2023 Galleries: www.ChildrensMentalHealthGallery.com
It is important to use chosen language of people with lived and living experience of mental health and recovery so we can communicate clearly and respectfully with each other.
The Strategy uses the term of “people with lived and living experience” or “people with LLEx” to describe people who identify as:
• someone with personal experience with mental health challenges and recovery; and/or,
• someone with experience in caring for and supporting a person with mental health challenges and recovery.
We continue to engage children, young people, families, parents, carers, and supporters with LLEx across the Strategy.
This is integral to ensuring that we develop, implement, and evaluate services and policies that best support children, young people, families, and carers to be healthy, safe, and able to lead a life they value.
Lived Experience Advisor Network
A LLEx Engagement Strategy was developed with Campus partners to ensure the collaborative, consistent, remunerated, and supported engagement of people who are interested in sharing their LLEx to improve mental health services. This involved the establishment of a Lived Experience Advisor Network (the Network).
The network consists of over 1500 Lived Experience Advisors (LEAs) with a diverse range of LLEx areas and intersectionalities, as displayed below.
In the first four months of engagement, the Network has facilitated over 3000 applications for LLEx Opportunities across the Strategy, including family centred care, research, guideline development, care pathways, trauma informed preventative care, and evaluation.
Feedback from people with LLEx:
• “This opportunity has opened a door to genuine two-way conversation.”
Feedback from Staff:
• “Great opportunity to remind ourselves that we are all complex humans with interesting lives. As staff we don't often share these insights due to work / time limitations or boundaries or a bit of both.”
We are Purposeful
We are Prepared
We are Genuine
We are Inclusive
The engagement opportunities that are available in the Strategy vary in frequency, area of interest, and along the engagement continuum.
Acknowledgement of Country
At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation