The Far West Local Health District, GROW and Mission Australia are pleased to announce a new project in the Broken Hill area called ‘Connections’ which is all about helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety and mental illness to 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 with lived experience of mental illness will be employed as Peer Support Workers. Their role will be 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 to a communal dinner.
Peer Support Workers are critical to the program because they know what it is like to experience mental illness and can share their personal recovery with others, inspiring hope and promoting well-being.
“Peer Support Workers have an enormous amount of credibility with their peers, they can often build trust when trust doesn’t come easily,” said Susan Daly, Director Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol, Far West Local Health District.
Information sessions about Peer Support Workers roles will be held on Thursday, 9 February at 12 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.
“We are hoping to recruit part time, casual and volunteer Peer Support Workers,” said Ms Daly.
“Everyone who has experienced a degree of recovery from mental illness will be eligible to apply. No one will miss out in this process, even people who don’t pick up a job at first will be able to participate in training that helps them in the future,” she said.
“We encourage anyone with lived experience of mental illness who is interested in helping other people to come along on to Thyme on Argent on Thursday, 9 February, share a pizza and find out more about Connections!”