Authors: Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria
Event: 2013 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Support Program or Service (Including Psychosocial, Rehabilitation, Accommodation and Employment)
Abstract: Well Ways MI Recovery (WWMR) is a peer-delivered adult education program designed by peers and informed by international evidence and lived experience knowledge. MI Recovery assists participants to be motivated and equipped to live fulfilling and active lives. It provides up-to-date information about mental illness and models that assist illness management and empowerment and opportunities to develop skills and set recovery oriented goals. MI Recovery provides a dynamic environment for peer support and the exchange of lived experience knowledges. Between eight and twelve participants attend three hour-long sessions for eight weeks which are followed by four ‘consolidation’ sessions at two month intervals. A Latrobe University evaluation was completed in 2012, revealing statistically significant outcomes for participants, including increased empowerment, connectedness, illness management and reduction of internalised stigma. After six years, approximately 750 people, nationally, have participated in the program Description of Facility/Organisation: Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (MI Fellowship) is a member based not-for-profit organisation working to create better lives for people with mental illness and their families, providing support services to around 5,000 people a year, and reaching many more in the wider community through advocacy and community education activities. The organisation provides support to people in the fundamentally important areas of their lives: work and study, home and community and relationships. Programs are delivered across metropolitan and regional Victoria, and in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). MI Fellowship is supported financially by membership payments, bequests, fundraising activities and philanthropic grants, and receives funds from State and Commonwealth governments. We have an operational budget of $19.3M, and employ approximately 300 staff.