Authors: Janelle Reeves, Samantha Hall
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Strategies Towards Recovery
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: As consumers and carers, Samantha and Janelle strive to utilise their life experiences to increase understanding and awareness of mental illness thereby reducing stigma in their local community on the Gold Coast. After developing an idea and project proposal about information talks that Samantha and Janelle wanted to host across the Gold Coast, they presented their project proposal to Gold Coast Medicare Local and Partners In Recovery to assess the viability of their idea being manifested into an actual project. This proposal was warmly welcomed and given immense support by both Gold Coast Medicare Local and Partners in Recovery. The beauty of this project is that Samantha and Janelle, as people with lived experience, are able to address issues/concerns, including substance abuse, homelessness, identifying their needs and coping strategies that they have encountered either directly or indirectly in their recovery journeys.By sharing this information it is hoped that people who attend these information discussions will have an improved understanding of ways to maintain good mental health, where to get help for themselves or their friends and family members and understand that those living with mental health issues are able to be productive and to be included in our society.