Authors: Jeremy Le Roux, Ingrid Amann, Jennie Fairclough, Katharine Davies, Tessa Reimers, Melissa Petrakis,
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Promoting Recovery Through Innovations In Collaboration And Community Programs
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Award state: VIC
Abstract: Background: A Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service provides opportunity for the consumer to be involved in their care as equal partner in relationship with an adult clinical mental health service and a not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation.
Aims: To share learning from the first two years of a PARC collaboration between Wellways and St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne).
Method: The experience of the Life in Community Volunteer (LinC) program has been examined from a lived experience perspective. Results: The LinC program is a program that offers support for people with mental health issues, and their carers, to get involved in social inclusion activities by encouraging community linkage.
Conclusions: Use of a person-centred approach in delivering a PARC program enables a shared focus for clinical and support needs of consumers to be met, including delivery of programs with outreach into community, building on natural supports and developing social connections.