Authors: Tim Heffernan, NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CLINICAL ISSUES,COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH, Challenges in community mental health
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Consumer workers attached to community mental health teams such as Fernhill Place Rehabilitation Service in Wollongong are ideally placed to initiate early recovery interventions and aid in the recovery journey of consumers in the transition from hospital to community. In the context of the author’s own recovery story, this discussion paper will examine the role of recovery discussion groups in the acute mental health unit, the need for a recovery environment on the unit, the role of consumer workers in transition between services and an exploration of the evolving roles for consumer peer support workers in mental health. The paper calls for greater funding to support the planning, implementation and research into peer support. It suggests that peer workers can provide a recovery relationship with fellow consumers that professionals find difficult.