S100: Building momentum for change – creating effective partnerships for collective impact activities for community mental wellbeing.

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Authors: Stephanie Isvik, Rob Ramjan

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Change, Innovation, Reform,Community, Culture, Society,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Background
Working collaboratively is vital for community members and service providers, yet challenges abound within diverse and complex communities.

Partners in Recovery SWS has worked intensively in partnership building for three+ years and it seemed timely to share with others what contributed to a successful development of partnerships to promote social change and underpin collaborative work with the business sector and others to promote mental health and wellness.

PIRSWS has produced a publication/toolkit outlining basic foundations of partnership building, collective impact principles and a practical overview of 7 steps of partnership building using PIRSWS as an example: ‘Building Momentum for Change – 7 step partnership model to create social impact’.

Each step includes examples of types of partnerships, key success factors, outcomes, challenges and practical examples of what was achieved. There are links to videos that users can access with their smart phone or tablet. In the videos we hear from people that played a vital role in forming and participating in partnership building. An animated video gives a summary visual ‘map’ of the partnerships outlined.

Can be used as toolkit for sector collaboration in promoting mental health and recovery oriented practice in multiple sectors, including NDIS.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: An increased understanding of foundations of partnership building and collective impact principles and examples of possible activities along with a practical knowledge of how these principles can work to create social change in a community across multiple sectors. Attendees can take away practical tools and reference material to use in partnership building.
"Reform is not only about ideas and policies. It is also about securing the commitment of organisations and individuals at all levels to invest their time, energy and resources in a long-term program of change." (Living Well report)

Learning Objective 2: Building effective partnerships is vital in creating awareness of recovery oriented practice and mental health awareness with service providers, consumers and carers. Partnerships with collective impact can profoundly change the way a community responds to people with mental health issues if their common message is recovery oriented and stigma reducing. Effective partnerships also increase the effectiveness of everyone's support to people with mental health issues by creating a 'no wrong door' approach which prevents people from falling through gaps in service provision.

National Mental Health Commission, 2014. Living Well - a strategic plan for mental health in NSW 2014 - 2024.
Kania, Jahn & Kramer, Mark. (2011) Collective Impact. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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