Authors: Keepwell Limited (NZ)
Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Winner
Award category: Consumer-Run Program or Service
Abstract: Keepwell has delivered recovery based training workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand since 1998. The director, Arana Pearson is a survivor of mental illness himself and he has worked full time in the organization since 2003. Last year training events were delivered to 1200 people and over 160 organizations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Keepwell Limited publishes recovery resources. Currently publications are consumer workbooks for recovery, including working with voices, working with self-harm and psychiatric first aid in psychosis. Keepwell has also released a CD music recording of the mental health consumer anthem “I’m just a little mad” (2000) and a relaxation CD of Piano music (2003). Keepwell also promotes community building and community awareness through its programme of Mad Pride ™. Mad Pride affirms people’s capacities, while sharing information about recovery. It therefore models to mental health services what partnerships and recovery-focused activities can look like. Website: www.keepwell.info Description of Facility/Organisation: Keepwell Limited is a company structure incorporated in New Zealand. Keepwell currently employs one full time person, contracts with three providers and engages many consumer volunteers who are remunerated for their expenses. We have plans for expansion. Keepwell has operated as a fully consumer run organisation since 1998. Contracts have been delivered with central regional TAS (technical advisory service) incorporating Six DHB’s; Capital and Coast DHB in Wellington; Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Ltd in Auckland; Keepwell is a core competency trainer for Hutt Valley DHB mental health service; and we deliver training to180 other Organisations which regularly supply staff for training on a fee for service basis throughout New Zealand and Australia. In 2005 Keepwell ran a train the trainers residential programme in New Zealand titled “making recovery happen”. That project had a budget of $115,200 and we managed to deliver it for $82,600. In addition to that we delivered an extensive training programme across Australasia with a budget turnover of $80,000. Keepwell has delivered a variety of training programmes across Australia and New Zealand for clinical and community based services. Keepwell has lead the Mad Pride movement in Australia and New Zealand, engaging a range of consumers and mental health services in raising the profile of mental health consumers.