Authors: Francesca Coniglio, Anne Honey, Nicola Hancock and Gwynnyth Llewellyn, NSW
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CITIZENSHIP,HUMAN RIGHTS,SOCIAL JUSTICE, young people
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Research shows that people with mental illness are not enjoying the same life choices and opportunities as other Australians. As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Australia is obliged to monitor and report on the level and nature of disadvantage faced by Australians with disabilities. Missing from current reporting and indicator development activities are empirical indicators of well-being in populations of young people with mental illness. Four focus groups were undertaken with young people with mental illness exploring how they conceptualise their well-being including facilitative and inhibitive factors. Findings revealed that well-being is a complex, multi-factorial construct involving both personal and environmental aspects. Personal aspects were identified as relating to the process of doing, being, becoming - engagement in activity that provides meaning and purpose in life’s ventures. Various environmental factors were recognised that could either support or hinder a young person’s recovery. Key to whether environmental factors were experienced constructively or detrimentally to well-being depended on a number of principles being present.