Authors: Glenda Blackwell, QLD
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014, Mental Illness Fellowship (MIFNQ)
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Recovery involves lessening the impact of mental illness and maximising well-being by developing a positive identity and valued social roles and relationships through connection with others. By sharing, learning, being creative and engaging in life activities well-being is increased (Slade 2009). Mental Illness Fellowship (MIFNQ) is a non-government mental health specialist service working in a recovery oriented, wholistic and strength based way. MIFNQ offers programs for families, carers and those with a mental illness. Their lives are coloured by interests, goals, hopes and dreams but also loss, grief, isolation, confusion and a lowered quality of life (Jensen, 2004).This paper examines two groups; adult carers and people with a mental illness who participated in programs at MIFNQ. Program evaluation shows participants developing self- determination, a capacity for change and a rethinking of ideas and beliefs about mental illness, through interaction, education and a sharing of lived experiences.