Authors: The Station Community Mental Health Centre Inc.
Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: SA
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Consumer-Run Program or Service
Abstract: The station was opened in May of 1998. The idea for a drop in centre came from a public meeting held in 1996 when the Mental Health Advocacy Group was formed. This group felt the need to pursue better care in the Community for people with Mental Health issues. The aims and objectives of program/service are to: Facilitate a range of activities to meet members needs, interests and abilities; To foster a safe and supportive environment where autonomy and self determination is encouraged; To help members regain self worth, self esteem, purpose and confidence; To demystify and destigmatise mental illness by promoting community awareness and involvement. Our philosophy is one of actively encouraging members to participate in all aspects of running 'the station' by providing a friendly relaxed atmosphere that is conducive to promoting positive learning experiences where members can feel empowered to take responsibility for their own well being. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Station is situated in the small coastal town of Wallaroo (population 2,714) which is located in Northern Yorke Peninsula (Total Population approx. 26,000 representing about 1.7% of the SA population. High rates of unemployment and one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the State also contribute to mental health issues in this region. 'The Station' is governed by a Management Committee that comprises three to four people with an existing mental illness, three to four carers and one mental health professional. The Management Committee is elected by 'The Station' members at the Annual General Meeting. The station is a non Government organisation and is a not-for-profit incorporated body. At present 'The Station' employees consist of 2 coordinators and a finance officer. The role of the coordinators is to plan and facilitate a range of programs and activities that reflect a holistic approach to mental health in collaboration with consumers. 'The Station' has a budget of $53,000 p.a. The N.Y.P Health Service provides transport, stationary, technology and consultancy. Consumers pay an annual membership fee of $5.00 plus $3.00 per day for meals, coffee and tea. We have an active membership of 50 consumers. Projects and activities are funded by one off grant applications. The Community supports and funds initiatives, raffles, garage sales, etc that are undertaken by 'The Station'.