Event: 2011 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Special Judges Award (Digital/Social Media Focus)
Award category: Non Government Organisation (NGO) Provided Services
Abstract: Technology is changing the way we communicate. It is estimated that within 18 months, half of all website views will come from mobile devices.1 in 6 minutes spent online are currently spent on social media sites. Rapid developments are occurring in the broad field of electronic health, including e-mental health. Governments, consumers, health care providers and others are working on a range of projects and activities to harness the new technologies to improve the range and quality of mental health services and information. What is happening already and what are the future possibilities? What are the concerns? What about privacy? The Lantern Mental Health 2.0 Unconference was held in February 2011 with the aim of facilitating discussion and sharing knowledge around these issues. The unconference format is one that is participant driven - attendees were expected to come along with participation in mind, and they certainly did! Description of Facility/Organisation: Lantern is a community managed mental health service operating primarily in the middle south of Melbourne. Lantern provides a range of quality services to those affected by mental illness - be they users, carers, friends, family or the community. Our Vision: Enabling people to create futures beyond mental illness Our Mission: Engaging with people affected by mental illness Our Values: Hope, Respect, Self-determination, Innovation and Opportunity Established in 1994, Lantern was formed by a small and passionate group of people who were determined to see improved services and supports for people with disabilities arising from mental illness and their carers. Lantern provides a range of community inclusive Psycho-Social Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services (PDRS). Lantern also offers an employment service (Reach Out Employment), carer support, registered training (Southern Professional Training), Talking Realities, Blossom project, mental health promotion and community education. All Lantern services are recovery focused and strengths based.