Consumers (people who have experienced a mental disorder) are increasingly interested in participating in and managing their own health.
In 2003, Professor Kathy Griffiths established the Depression & Anxiety Consumer Research Unit at CMHR in order to promote greater consumer involvement in research content and practice by serving as a bridge between consumers and researchers. The Consumer Research Unit is staffed by academic researchers and students who are also consumers. In 2013 the ACT Health funded the establishment of the ACT Consumer and Carer Mental Health Research Unit to undertake research of benefit to ACT mental health consumer and carers and build research capacity in the ACT mental health consumer and carer community.
Many of the CMHR's research projects involve direct participation or input from people who have suffered from an anxiety or depressive disorder. One of the Centre's unique strengths is that we focus on research for consumers by consumers.
CMHR's high quality research program also addresses the priorities and needs of mental health consumers in the community, and consumer perspectives in research.