Authors: Mental Health Association of NSW
Event: 2002 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Silver
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: The video: Support Groups: A Guide to Setting Up and Facilitating Support Groups, was developed to promote the role of support groups and provide practical information for mental health consumers, carers and workers interested in establishing and facilitating a mental health support group. It was produced in partnership with consumers who were trained and involved in all aspects of making the video including: developing the script, filming, acting and editing. As a result, an informative, entertaining and ‘user friendly’ video was produced with lots of insights, ideas and tips on how to set up and facilitate a support group. The support group video project not only produced a much needed resource to address the lack of support groups for people with a mental illness, but also provided an opportunity for consumers to share their knowledge and expertise, gain new skills and further develop their knowledge and skills in facilitating support groups. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Mental Health Association NSW Inc. is a voluntary, non-profit organisation and registered charity. Our mission is to promote opportunities for the people of NSW to achieve their optimal level of mental health through providing information services, education, mutual support and advocacy services. One of our main services is the Mental Health Information and Referral Service. This service maintains a comprehensive database of mental health support services in NSW and provides telephone and email based information and referral for crisis services, support groups, legal issues, accommodation, advocacy, treatment options, counselling, professional courses, child services, adolescent services, family services and suicide prevention. Other committees and projects that operate under the Association include the Anxiety Disorders Alliance, the Depression and Mood Disorder Association, NSW Mental Health Promotion and Advisory Committee, the Support Group Project and a Healthy Mind Day.