PowerPoint S55: Stories of recovery from the bush: Unravelling the experience of mental illness, self and place.

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Authors: Amie Carrington

Year: 2016

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Valuing Personal Recovery, attitudes, stigma, discrimination, innovation, quality, research & evaluation informing practice, The Benevolent Society and Western Sydney University, partners in recovery (PIR)

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: 'Stories of Recovery from the Bush' research project, is a collaboration between The Benevolent Society and Western Sydney University, funded by Partners In Recovery(PIR). This presentation discusses the key learnings from the project referring to 26 PIR participants, living with complex mental health issues in regional NSW. Our research was designed to provide participants with a means to creatively explore the research questions:

How does the lived experience of mental illness shape identity, relationships and social inclusion of participants of the Partners in Recovery program in regional and rural NSW?
What effect does living in regional and rural NSW have on this lived experience?
What have people found helpful and supportive in their recovery journeys?

This project explored less dominant stories of the lived experience of mental illness –what worked for people, their motivations, joys and desires and how place impacted their journey to recovery. Creative methods enabled people to speak about the unspoken and difficult-to-speak-about from their point of view and co-design culminated in an art exhibition alongside the final report. This project helps us to reflect on how we make a positive difference and provides recommendations for how we can improve the quality of service provision.

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