The peak body representing the Tasmanian community managed mental health sector at a state and national level.

Our Vision

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is a member based peak body. We represent and promote the interests of community managed mental health services and have a strong commitment to enabling better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for every Tasmanian.

Our purpose
Improving mental health for all Tasmanians.

Our vision
All Tasmanians have awareness of and value their mental health and wellbeing.

Our role:

– Provide leadership by advocating for continuous improvement across all facets of mental health and mental health services.

– Provide trusted advice to our members and decision makers to enable a robust and sustainable mental health system.

– Be a collective, representative voice to ensure future sustainability of the sector, the community and the MHCT.

– Form and support strong networks and collaboration to support sector development and capacity building.

– Promote the reduction of stigma and champion mental health awareness and the value of good mental health.

– Influence policy development and implementation in the interests of our members and the needs of the broader population.

 To view our MHCT Strategic Plan for 2017 -2020 click here


MHCT connects stakeholders in the mental health sector with decision makers at a state and federal level and the broader Tasmanian community.


MHCT engages with all areas of government and mental health services to advocate for improvement in the care for people living with mental health issues in our community and their carers.


MHCT strengthens and supports the Tasmanian community by promoting initiatives that aim to improve mental health and wellbeing for all Tasmanians.


Guiding Principles

As the peak body for mental health in Tasmania, MHCT is accountable to its members and the Tasmanian community to ensure its focus is on creating a…

Mentally healthy Tasmania
We want to encourage the benefits of mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention and ensure every opportunity is provided to all Tasmanians to nurture their mental health and wellbeing.

Community free of stigma and discrimination
We strive toward a society where mental illness is free from stigma and prejudice. We believe diversity should be celebrated and supported in our community and mental health services should acknowledge the needs of vulnerable groups.

Coordinated and integrated mental health system
MHCT is focused on working with all stakeholders to reform the mental health system so it is coordinated, integrated and person-centred at every stage of life.

Mental health sector where services and supports are shaped by the individual
Individuals should be empowered to work alongside service providers to build their capacity. We want to see a Tasmania where consumer and carer participation is integral to ensuring all services are meeting the needs of the community.

Strong and sustainable workforce in the community
Community mental health services who work with those living with mental health issues should be well-supported, well-trained and adequately resourced to do their work.