The state of mental health in NSW – Hosted by Osher Günsberg

On the 17th October 2018, WayAhead held a Facebook Live event, chaired by media personality and mental health spokesperson Osher Günsberg, at the NSW Parliament to hear all about mental health in NSW.

We were honoured to be joined by the NSW Minister for Mental Health Hon Tanya Davies, who spoke candidly about a difficult time in her life preceding the birth of her second child, NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey joined by our very own CEO, Liz Priestley, and NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Allan Sparkes, who shared his experiences with mental ill health.

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Response to the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Today’s National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been welcomed by WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW. [Read more…]

Mental Health Matters Award Winners 2018

Community champions recognised for outstanding contributions in the lead up to 2018 Mental Health Month

Community champions, workplace support programs and community groups who have come together to support each other will today receive accolades for their outstanding contributions at this year’s #MentalHealthMatters Awards. [Read more…]

World Suicide Prevention Day

This World Suicide Prevention Day, WayAhead recognises the distress being felt in many rural and regional areas of NSW due to the ongoing drought.

Earlier this year the NSW government declared 100% of the state drought affected. The declaration was welcomed but not surprising to farming communities across the state who have gone without rain for a substantial period. [Read more…]

Letter from Liz – September 2018


Dear MindReaders, 

Here we are again, a few months out from Mental Health Month. The team in the WayAhead office are busily putting the finishing touches onto this years’ campaign and associated events we are hosting throughout the month. 

Of course, Mental Health Month kicks off with our launch on Thursday 27 September at the Shangri-La Hotel in the city. We hope to see as many of you there at the launch, where we will announce the winners of this year’s Mental Health Matters Awards. If you haven’t already you can buy your ticket to the launch on our Eventbrite page

During Mental Health Month we are also hosting another Collective Purpose Speaker Series event, here at our offices in Woolloomooloo. This time the focus is contemporary perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Mental Health. We are lucky enough to have Maria Cassaniti, the Centre Manager for the Transcultural Mental Health Centre as our speaker. At WayAhead we understand and appreciate the role culture plays in how different communities think about and treat mental health and ill health. Also, from a service provider perspective we realise that working with culturally diverse communities through NSW is not a one size fits all approach, nor is it a tick the box exercise for WayAhead. We’d love to see you at the event on Tuesday 23 October at 5:30pm, tickets again can be purchased from our Eventbrite page

If you are looking at what is happening during Mental Health Month in your local community, make sure you visit our events calendar

I look forward to getting out into the community during Mental Health Month and meeting many of you during the month’s activities and events. 

Happy reading, 


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