Authors: Liz Hudson
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Peer Workers, Peer Health Coaching
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Break Thru People Solutions' research team reports on the outcomes of a pilot project, Managing Personal Information: Good practice disclosure strategies for jobseekers with mental health and/or drug & alcohol problems, to aid recovery through employment. As Jobseekers with mental illness face potential stigma and prejudice in the workplace, they can be reluctant to disclose their personal information. This presentation will outline an alternative strategy to managing personal information that puts the job seeker at the centre of the decision making process, using a strengths based approach (Waghorn & Spowart, 2010).
The presentation will also highlight the benefits of consumer participation in research as reported by Break Thru's consumer researcher at a NSW Department of Health research forum
"...I know now after talking to so many different clients and having them open up to me, how important this project was not only to them but myself as well" (Break Thru Consumer Researcher, November 2013)
Forum participant, Deputy Commissioner for the NSW Mental Health Commission reinforces the value of consumer involvement in research by responding; "I was moved to tears by the presentation ......It reinforced my strong belief that research = recovery"