The Commission celebrated the importance of consumer led and run services in supporting recovery at the launch of an evidence review paper at the Schizophrenia Fellowship’s Pioneer Clubhouse on 2 August 2016.
The report, titled The effectiveness of services led or run by consumers in mental health: Rapid review of evidence for recovery-orientated outcomes, looks at evidence collected from countries around the world.
A total of 33 peer reviewed papers and associated literature were reviewed in the report, which was prepared by the Sax Institute for the Commission.
NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner, Bradley Foxlewin officially launched the paper and praised its recommendations, emphasising the value of consumer led services as observed in his professional experience.
The event was attended by more than 40 consumers, Clubhouse members, and staff from consumer led and run services and organisations including Being, CAN Mental Health, and the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW.
Meanwhile, consumers who have benefitted from such services are pleased that the topic is being recognised, such as Kelly, who benefitted from the Hospital2Home program, which is peer-led. After a stay in the Mental Health Unit at Sutherland Hospital, Kelly was connected with a Hospital2Home representative, David. Kelly felt that her needs were inherently understood and accommodated as David has lived experience of mental illness. He was able to help her find accommodation, employment and develop a plan to transition back to the community.
“Talking to doctors, nurses or social workers sometimes feels like a dead end because they haven’t been through what I’ve been through. It has been a struggle going through my issues without the support over the years, that’s why having a Peer Support Worker is such a godsend because David has been in similar circumstances. He listened to what I had to say and didn’t judge me,” said Kelly.
For any further information about the report, please email Sage.Green@mhc.nsw.gov.au.