Authors: Trevor Parry & Dene Iwanicki, SA
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Partnerships: Public/Private NGO
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The “Consumer Collaborative” Project is a fine example of how agencies with differing backgrounds and priorities can all work together in partnership with mental health consumers to provide vital links to the community for those consumers suffering the adverse effects of social isolation.
This trial project was designed to offer a greater focus of one-on-one support to the mental health consumers being referred to the existing Community Links Programme. The five consumer Peer Support Workers who also had dual roles as Community Educators, provided this additional support.
The agencies involved in this exciting project are the Division of Mental Health, Noarlunga Health Services, the Community Links Programme, Baptist Community Services, SA, Onkaparinga City Council and the Noarlunga Mental Health Consumer Advisory Group.
The Mental Health Service provided training for the five Consumer Peer Support Workers in mental health awareness, and this was augmented by the NGO that supplied training in non-clinical support. The City Councils’ Community Development Department willingly gave training in the process of Community Education and assisted the five Consumer Educators to develop their own group presentation titled “Dispelling The Myths About Mental Illness”.