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 who share a common interest in improving mental health and well-being. First and foremost, we bring together members of the general community alongside mental health professionals, in partnership and cooperation, to make our society better.

Our background comes from a growing public concern that mainstream political parties see mental health as a secondary issue. In 2014 members of the general community met in Perth to create a political party which would put mental health first. Concerned members of the public joined forces with mental health professionals to make our political party a reality. Through the voluntary efforts and passion of all involved, we worked hard to create the world’s first political party dedicated to improving mental health. In late March of 2016 the party finally came into being a moment too late for us to prepare for a snap election. On the upside that’s given us plenty of time to make sure we start on the right note.

We’ll see you at the next election!