Authors: Mind Australia
Event: 2013 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Silver
Award category: Education, Training and Workforce Development
Abstract: Mind Australia’s Mental Health Peer Work (MHPW) Training Program is acclaimed locally and internationally as a model of peer training. It is designed to explore the role of peer work in mental health. It meets the growing demand for high quality training of the peer workforce; the fastest growing discipline in mental health in the western world. The program has been developed and is delivered by peers with a “lived experience” of mental ill health and recovery. It is a highly interactive workshop and learning resource, utilising transformational learning principles and reflective practice. It provides an opportunity for participants to explore how to appropriately disclose and use one’s lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to support others on their journey towards recovery and wellbeing. The flexible, modular design of the five-day program allows it to be adapted and applied in a range of different recovery oriented learning programs. Description of Facility/Organisation: Mind is a leading community-managed specialist mental health service supporting people with mental health issues, their families and carers for nearly 40 years. Underpinning MIND’s work is the belief it is possible for everyone with severe and persistent mental health issues to have a full and meaningful life. It currently supports 5,525 active clients in Victoria and South Australia to live independent, productive and purposeful lives. Mind educates people about mental health and recovery; undertakes research and evaluation, and systemic advocacy and community development work. Development of the lived experience is a strategic priority and Mind is expanding its peer workforce in a strategic and systematic way: adding to existing services and developing new service models. With a budget of $46 million and over 600 staff, Mind receives the majority of its funding from State and Federal Government and is also supported by a diverse range of trusts, foundations, community organisations and individuals.