Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support may include counselling, however, the emphasis is on supporting you to meet your mental health goals for recovery using lived experience peer support, alongside your team of mental health treatment professionals.

Mental health peer support is provided by a person with lived experience of mental illness and recovery.

The following definition offered by peer support expert and trainer Shery Mead expands our understanding of what peer support is and how it works.

“Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. When people find affiliation with others they feel are ‘like’ them, they feel a connection. This connection, or affiliation, is a deep, holistic understanding based on mutual experience where people are able to ‘be’ with each other without the constraints of traditional (expert/patient) relationships.” (Mead, 2001)

The benefits of mental health peer support for people recovering from mental illness are well documented and the peer workforce in Australia is rapidly growing with the support of the Australian Government and the National Mental Health Commission introducing a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work qualification.

It would be my pleasure to support you in your mental health recovery journey as your peer support worker.