Authors: Prahran Mission Uniting Care
Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Consumer Provided
Abstract: Voices Vic, Prahran Mission, is an innovative, consumer-led recovery program which services all of Victoria. At Voices Vic we work with the experience of hearing voices, and we believe recovery is possible for everyone. ‘Hearing voices’ can be a part of many different mental health experiences. Too often, people who hear voices have some of the worst recovery and socio-economic outcomes: 72% unemployed, 54% homeless, extensive poverty, continued distress, repeated hospital admissions, reduced mortality and social isolation. Voices Vic delivers, and educates in, specialised approaches to recovery for voice hearers. Our work is driven by the experience of people who have recovered themselves. We work in two arenas: 1. A consumer-led centre of excellence for working with voices: peer-support groups, direct support, volunteering and employment 2. Building the capacity of the mental health system, families/carers and broader community to understand voices and support recovery: training, conferences, resources and public talks. Description of Facility/Organisation: Prahran Mission services people experiencing homelessness, economic disadvantage, and mental health issues. Our services include day rehabilitation, drop-in support, mother support, outreach, aged-care, social firms, supported housing, employment assistance and material aid. Voices Vic provides statewide, cross-sector coordination, education and support for consumer-led recovery.