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Our Mission and Values


"Better Mental Health For All"


The Mental Health Foundation Australia works to be the leading provider of inclusive advocacy, awareness, education, support, research and resilience that promote mental health for all.


  • COMPASSION - We hold care, respect, and empathy for all members of the community and emphasise the value of kindness and helping others for mental wellbeing.
  • EXCELLENCE - We act with the ambition to respond to the needs of the community and go above and beyond expectations.
  • INCLUSION - We celebrate and respect diversity in all its forms and seek to include the whole community in shaping the future for mental health.
  • INNOVATION - We act with the initiative to investigate new ideas and explore new approaches, pushing the boundaries of what is achievable.
  • INTEGRITY - Regardless of the challenge, we stand by our core values with the wellbeing of the community always in mind.


  • To promote mental health and positive attitudes to mental health;
  • To establish collaboration with governments, individuals, and health related agencies, groups and organisations;
  • To make informed recommendations regarding mental health policy, implementation and services;
  • Encourage and initiate mental health research;
  • Encourage the highest standards in training and practice for the mental health professions;
  • To establish and support organisations which provide services, support and advice to the community;
  • To stimulate the development of informed public debate and opinion on mental health issues;
  • To work to remove stigma within the wider community associated with mental ill health.
  • To build bridges between those with mental illness and those without, to link our community together.

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The Mental Health Foundation Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to their elders both past and present.