Mothers Who Are Parenting With A Mental Illness – Loss And Grief Issues

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Authors: Alison Snashall, VIC

Year: 1999

Event: 1999 TheMHS Conference

Subject: PRAHAN MISSION, OUTREACH SUPPORT, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: I work as a Community Case Manager for the Prahran Mission Mothers Support Program (MSP) which is a program funded by Mental Health Branch, Department of Human Services. Prahran Mission is a non-profit community managed human service organisation of the Uniting Church.

The MSP provides home-based outreach support and case management to women with a psychiatric disability who have children in their care. It is an innovative psychiatric disability support program, the only one of its kind in Victoria. The program has a commitment to and a focus on recovery. Our concept of recovery falls within the ideas of recovery as described by William Anthony (1996) as a “…. deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitude, values, feelings, goals, skills, and or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophe of mental illness.” MSP has a three-tiered approach to support. Namely, through a key worker relationship, a diverse number of groups for consumers, and through MSP’s case management model.

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