Authors: Indigo Daya, Judith Drake, Janet Karagounis, Sandi Noble and Kim Waugh, VIC
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: AUTONOMY, EMPOWERMENT, SOCIAL INCLUSION, Consumer-run employment
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This report aims to provide a rich and honest discussion around the advantages and challenges of consumer engagement, employment and leadership in the mental health sector. Drawing on the experiences of Voices Vic – a Victorian consumer-led initiative based on the ‘Hearing Voices’ approach – we discuss what contributes to the success of, and some of the challenges faced on the journey towards, consumer leadership. The importance of valuing lived experience and the idea of reclaiming citizenship are also discussed within this context, along with potential employment issues.