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Connections important

Saturday, 4th February, 2017

Mission Australia’s Gina Dellar talks shop with Far West Local Health District’s Tanya Clifton and Susan Daly. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Mission Australia’s Gina Dellar talks shop with Far West Local Health District’s Tanya Clifton and Susan Daly. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

A new progam is being launched to help people who struggle with mental illness connect with each other and the community.

The idea behind the project is that having friends and things to do is good for mental health.

People who have experienced mental illness will be employed as peer support workers to reach out and link people to community activities, particularly in the evenings and on weekends.

This will involve things like going for a swim, to the movies or a communal dinner.

The ‘Connections’ project is a joint effort between the Far West Local Health District, GROW and Mission Australia .

“We did some brainstorming and thought about what the community needed most,” said Susan Daly, a director of the local health service.

“We came up with the idea that certain people are more socially isolated and with services only offered during business hours, they needed something to help connect,” she said.

“We are now looking for Peer Support Workers with lived experience of mental illnes who have recovered or are in the recovery process.

“They need to be passionate about helping others and know the community.

“Peer Support Workers have an enormous amount of credibility with their peers, they can often build trust when trust doesn’t come easily.” 

Information sessions about Peer Support Workers roles will be held on Thursday, February 9 at noon and 6pm at Thyme on Argent.

At these sessions, representatives of the project team will explain the Connections project, the Peer Support Worker role and the recruitment process.

Everyone who has experienced a degree of recovery from mental illness will be eligible to apply.

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