Special message from Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor:

It is such a great privilege and a humbling experience to be your NSW Nationals Minister for Mental Health in Government.

Over the past six months, I have gained so much from listening to people all across NSW with lived experience of mental illness and the people who care for them.

I have learnt that we all have mental health and wellbeing – which is something we should all value and actively look after.

As a former cancer nurse for 20 years, I have seen a lot of hardship and challenges. People who experience mental illness have many challenges. It can be a long and difficult battle. Like many tough illnesses, there are many trials and triumphs, ups and downs.

I have also learnt about the experience of carers. The indispensable role they play, their interactions with our system and what they need going forward to care for their loved ones.

I have met the most incredible workforce I have ever come across. Passionate nurses, doctors, allied health workers, researchers and other professionals who have committed their lives to helping people recover and live with some incredibly difficult conditions.

Mental health has come a long way over the past few decades. How we care for people experiencing mental illness and how other people respond to mental illness have both changed so much.

People have different needs and these needs change. Our modern mental health services adapt to a person’s circumstances as they change over time.

We’ve seen stigma decreasing and public discussions about mental illness increasing, which is excellent.

Thank you to the inspiring people I have met in regions and cities all around NSW.

We all have a role to play when it comes to mental health – our own, our family our friends, our Party colleagues. Have a conversation, share your experience and always please seek help if you need it.