Hello everyone, I’m Ben Mullings, and I’ll be running for the Senate in WA at the election.

I’m a father of two young kids, a devoted husband, and a psychologist for my local community. Most of all, I’m a passionate believer in bringing out the best in people as they strive to live a better life. I could talk about my career, my work in mental health advocacy, or lived experience – but my sense is that sharing my vision for change is what will help you the most on election day.

Getting into politics is not something I’ve entered into lightly. Like most Australians, my tendency in the past has been to look at politics with a measure of cynicism – like a popularity contest where we carefully select which party will do the least damage to our good society. Unfortunately, standing on the sidelines casting judgement does very little to make a positive difference – particularly in critical areas like mental health and well-being. So after years of pressure from colleagues, friends, and people in my community, I decided to put my energy behind creating the Australian Mental Health Party.

As your representative for WA, I will put the interests of real people first and foremost.  I’ve noticed that other parties make their policies based on abstract market forces, lofty ideological theories, or financial pressure, corporate influence, and lobbying from sectional private-interest groups. Our party is not like that – we make policies for human beings. You might think of it as being a bit like how good technology is made to be user-friendly and intuitive. We believe that the ultimate test of policy is whether it serves public need and is easy for people to interact with. We see a lot of de-humanising policy coming from big parties. We design our policies with people in mind.

In the past six months, I’ve worked hard with our team of volunteers across Australia to write policy statements across a few of the big portfolios. My hope is that this gives you a sense of who you’re voting for and where we stand across a range of issues. You’ll find more detailed statements on health, the education system, and the economy, but there’s also some broader statements on where we stand on the issue of the environment and helping people live more meaningful lives. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us as we grow and develop, but I trust this gives you a pretty reasonable idea of who we are and why you should vote for us.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you see me out there on election day, come and say hello, I’d love to meet you.