Authors: The Nautilus Project Inc.
Event: 2002 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Silver
Award category: Specialist Service
Abstract: The Nautilus Project Inc. grew from a dedicated group of people sitting up late at night writing funding submissions, in 1985, to a community based organisation that provides pre-vocational support, training and employment services from Homebush to Sutherland and outreach to Wollongong, assisting over 250 people each year. C.A.R.E was the first major project of Nautilus. C.A.R.E provides pre-vocational training and support in all areas of assistance needed to gain and maintain open award wage employment. C.A.R.E also offers Job Rescue in which staff will advocate for and negotiate with employers on behalf of employees who experience mental health problems while at work. A large emphasis is placed on personal and self esteem development in training and on supporting and educating employers to address the stigma associated with mental illness. C.A.R.E is the largest provider of these services for people with a mental illness in the Sydney area. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Nautilus Project Inc. is a community organisation which brings together mental health consumers, mental health and community workers and local residents to take up the practical issues affecting the day to day lives of people with psychiatric disabilities, initially in the areas of work and accommodation. From its inception Nautilus has embodied three main principles: 1. Mental health consumers participate at all levels of decision making 2. In projects operated by Nautilus, the emphasis is on providing the support and skills necessary for people to love independently in and access the resources of the wider community 3. Nautilus takes on practical action orientated projects, which have tangible benefits for people with a mental illness living in the community.