Finding North Network





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About Us

As a safe and secure online environment, the Finding North Network is for the exclusive use of those who understand mental conditions firsthand. The Network is a forum for people to share their experiences, discuss ideas, and develop their voice in speaking to the issues surrounding mental health in Australia.

For those who have had to tread carefully about how they describe their mental health story, this is an opportunity to find freedom and empowerment, to speak, to listen and to build a collective voice with others who understand the complex reality of mental illness.

Linking people from diverse backgrounds, roles, and skills, the Network can provide pathways for those with lived experience to not only share their stories but utilise their unique insight to create lasting change for others.

Finding North Network is hosted by Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA) a policy and advocacy organisation. The network is intended for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences who are wanting to increase their leadership capacity and/ or to support others to increase their leadership capacity as well.

This network has been formed as we understand the importance of connection and believe the voice of lived experience leadership should be amplified.

We believe that by bringing people together, it will enhance the opportunities for people to connect, learn, survive, heal, thrive and lead.


What the Network is and isn’t

Finding North Network is:

  • A safe space
  • For people with first-hand experience of mental health conditions who are 18years and over.
  • A shared spaces for members to connect and communicate on topics related to lived experience leadership
  • An online network to meet, connect and learn with likeminded lived experience members
  • A forum for members to ask questions and start conversations which may be difficult to do so in other environments
  • A way for members to learn and develop their own lived experience leadership as well as support others to do the same.
  • A space for networking and sharing ideas and opportunities across Australia.


Finding North Network is not:

  • A support service of any kind

  • A crisis, referral, or helpline service

  • A therapeutic group

  • A forum for carers


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Acknowledgement of Country

Finding North Network acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands where we work and live throughout Australia and Torres Strait Islands. We celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of Australia.

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.


Finding North Disclaimer

Please note that the views and opinions expressed on Finding North Network may not be the views of MIFA. Whilst Finding North has applied careful consideration and moderation of materials posted on the network, MIFA or our community, partner organisations, or any of these organisations’ staff, does not take responsibility for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies. The information posted on Finding North Network is to provide generic information, an opportunity to connect with others with a lived experience and a forum to have robust discussions. It is not intended to be relied upon or be a substitute for legal, clinical or other professional advice. No responsibility can be accepted by the author(s), funders or publishers for any known or unknown consequences that may result from reliance on any information provided in this platform.


By joining the Finding North Network, you agree to the Finding North guidelines.