Authors: Mental Illness Education - Australia Inc
Event: 1999 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Gold
Award category: Prevention, early intervention, health eduaction
Abstract: Mental Illness Education - Australia (MIE-A) is a National organisation with its program currently in operation throughout NSW, Queensland, Victoria, ACT and Western Australia. Plans are continuiung to develop the program in the remaining states and territories. It primarily offers an education program, conducted by people with a mental illness, family members or friends to secondary school students. In recent years it has also become involved with community organisations wanting information about mental illness and to mental health. The emphasis is to destigmatises and demystify mental illness and to promote the importance of mental health. The MIE-A program aims to enhance coping mechanisms for dealing with the stresses across the life span, especially at points of transition. MIE-A targets adolescents and young adults and places emphasis on early detection and intervention to prevent where possible disruptive and disabling affects of untreated mental illness. The MIE-A program is unique in that it was originally developed in NSW in 1987 by consumers and carers and is one of few such initiatives to have survived over a period of 12 years. Description of Facility/Organisation:
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