ben2The Australian Mental Health Party is a new independent political party representing mental health. More broadly we aim to improve psychological and emotional well-being, to optimise human potential, to respect diversity, increase participation, and to help every person in our society live happier and more fulfilling lives.

Alongside the needs of those who access mental health care, the Australian Mental Health Party draws together all perspectives from people who share a common interest in improving mental health and well-being. We bring together all Australians in partnership and cooperation with those who have lived experience and work in the mental health care sector, to make our society a better place to live in.

Our background comes from a growing public concern that mainstream political parties see mental health as a secondary issue. In 2014 our group first came together with a vision to create a political party which puts mental health first. Through the voluntary efforts and passion of all involved, we worked hard to create the world’s first political party of this kind. In late March of 2016 we became officially registered with the AEC, but unfortunately this came too late for us to prepare for a snap election. On the upside we are working hard now to prepare for the next federal election in a few years time.

In the meantime please consider joining us as a member of the party (it’s free) and get in touch. We’d love to hear from you and hope you will support us at the next election.