Working Together: A First Hand Account Of Consumer And Carer Involvement In The Delivery Of Mental Health Education

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Authors: Claire Chang, Judy Nicholas, and Leanne Nicholas, NSW

Year: 2009

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

ISBN: 9780975765357

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.

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