Authors: Claire Chang, Judy Nicholas, and Leanne Nicholas, NSW
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CARERS, FAMILIES, CONSUMERS, Guiding working together Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales. EDUCATION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Research and current Australian government policy reflect the importance of active consumer and carer involvement in the planning and delivery of mental health services. One such avenue of partnership is consumers and carers in the role of Mental Health Educators, who are willing to share their story, insight, knowledge and understanding as part of mental health training and education programs. This contribution is found uniquely effective in reducing stigma - one of the most troubling issues for those affected by mental illness. This is a first-hand account of a mother and daughter; carer and consumer’s journey with mental illness, and their insights into their role as Mental Health Educators with the Remind Training and Education program at the Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales.