Authors: Gabrielle Vilic, Chris Lloyd and Philip Lee Williams, QLD
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CONSUMERS, SERVICE-USER, Improving access
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Recovery is seen as a journey of healing and transformation. It requires people who believe in and stand by the person in recovery. Recovery takes place as a series of small steps, focuses on wellness not illness, and most importantly is consumer-choice focussed. The Hope and Recovery group was initiated by consumers for consumers. Its purpose is to educate and empower consumers by sharing lived experiences amongst the group. The Hope and Recovery group adopts a friendly approach that emphasises and supports each individual’s potential for recovery. The objectives of this group include: to share information and skills on how to manage mental health, to support the consumer’s journey of recovery, and to develop trust within the group whilst supporting each other’s hopes. Hope is the foundation of recovery. Hope can also be generated through the positive life stories of others that may have experienced a mental illness. For many, witnessing peers living fulfilled lives in the community is one of the most compelling demonstrations of hope. The Hope and Recovery group has now been facilitated since 2006 on the inpatient unit at the Gold Coast Hospital, Southport Campus. Recently this group programme has commenced at the inpatient units at Robina campus and in the community clinics.