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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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40 u Not being isolated u Feeling better & believing in myself u Having purpose and meaning u Having control over my life and being independent u Having opportunities to do new things u And being trusted to make mistakes and learn from them With my own determination and my support network I have become the person that I am today. I have learnt to accept the things I can not change and not worry and be anxious of the small things ... that are just that. These days I have returned to the workforce after a long period and I enjoy my job. I am feeling more confident, and my self-esteem has had a much needed boost as well as my pocket!! I am enjoying lifea person, just like all of you here, and love being treated as a person and not a mental illness. MHACA is a very unique and worthwhile organisation and it helps so many people in Central Australia, and I am proud to be a part of it. Thank you, Glenise Presentation by Glenise Alexander at the 2008 TheMHS Conference Hi everyone, I am a Consumer Advocate and I have been living in Alice Springs for about 18 months, and had moved there to better my life, away from the problems I had. I have struggled with a cycle of depression, isolation, fear and anxiety. At times I felt suicidal and unable to cope. Generally, I dont tell people about that part of my life because they treat you differently. It is like they are scared of what youre going to do and that has made me feel less of a person. This feeling can stop you by making you paranoid and fearful and you become stuck with the stigma. You are judged on what the stigma is and not who you are or what you can be. MHACA has helped me in many ways with my recovery: u From support when I was hospitalised to ongoing support when I got better u Keeping in regular contact with home visits and phone calls u Transport to appointments and counselling; and u Help with day to day living issues I want to share what has helped in my ongoing recovery: TheMHS Feature Left: Gwvynyth & Glenise touching down on their overseas adventure Keynote speech ... Personalising Mental Health Services - by Claudia Manu-Preston One of the pivotal keynote presentations we attended was Personalising Mental Health Services: The Only Future for Policy and Practice by Antony Sheehan. A very good presentation, Antony focused on what he meant by personalising mental health services and how this would benefit the people we support. The question posed was, What is the future of mental health policy and practice? a question that people from around the world are asking. After respective phases of reformincluding de-institutionalisation, defining community care, developing psychological models and progressing social inclusionwhat next? The key point Antony presented was that personalisation is a strategy aimed at closing the power gap between consumers and providers of services. The key principles he highlighted were: treat people as peopleprovide caring support instead of using systems and paperwork to disassociate from clients people should be supported to choose the services they would like to use. Further discussion focused on personalisation as a key part of the recovery paradigm and on the evidence of the benefits. For a copy of the conference paper please refer to www.themhs.org/ resources/conference-proceedings The 2008 TheMHS Book of Abstracts is available Glenise with a Welcome Plaque at the conference

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