Authors: Julie Millard, Clyde Edwards and Leeanne Curtis, NSW
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Consumer Well-being and Support, Schizoaffective Disorder, Richmond Fellowship's Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) program, consumer perspective
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Clyde is a 43 year old man with Schizoaffective Disorder who has lived a "rough life", spending time in jail and moving from boarding house to boarding house in three different states, finally calling Broken Hill home. Prior to entry to the Richmond Fellowship's Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) program Clyde lived for 3 years in a small dark room in a Broken Hill boarding house with frequent presentations and admissions to hospital, alcohol, marijuana and gambling problems, no friends and lacking in self confidence. The Fellowship's Rural HASI program is an innovative and creative partnership program, which provides daily disability support services, permanent and secure accommodation and clinical mental health services for people with a mental illness who have high support needs who live in the New England, Greater Murray and Far West areas of NSW. Clyde is keen to tell the story of his journey and talk about his transition from an isolated individual to an active member in the community who recognises recovery is an ongoing process.This paper will give a consumer perspective and explore the role and give specific examples of disability support in rural communities in NSW as well as provide an opportunity for discussion on the establishment and maintenance of rural supported accommodation services.