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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008
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41 TheMHS Feature TheMHS Feature WOW! What an experience! The 2008 TheMHS Conference in New Zealand was a 4-day conference that included a presentation on MHACA done by Claudia, Glenise and myself. What a different and thrilling prospect I thought as I applied. Be the change you want; Workplace Ingenuity was the theme of the conference, and enabling recoveryand the processes, services and challenges that achieve this are what I was listening for. When I applied I said that I expected to learn and network with other service providers and to develop as a consumer consultant. I can now say that those four days were a crash course on mental health advocacy and practice, and I developed quite a lot of confidence about the future prospectives of the field. Not only is peer support and consumer consultancy the new wave of the last decade and emerging future, hospitals are more and more seeking assistance and evaluation, practices to help improve the services. I attended a Consumer Forum on Tuesday and managed to sit in on 18 sessions from Wednesday to Friday. The Forum was called Destination Known: the Journey of Strength and was about the Peer Worker Workforce. Journey-boards in Mental Health was one presentation which I think was invaluable. The team from Southern Mental Health presented their visual communication tool which they had implemented in their hospital. It was a board which their Mental Health Team collect data regarding discharge and note barriers which become obvious. They collate who the consumer had dealings withand how oftenon their road to recovery. My part of the MHACA presentation titled, Workforce Ingenuity in Central Australia, talked about how coming to MHACA has helped me to not feel so alone and to feel more confident that it is safe to be open because I am not judged about mental illness. Our peer support is achieved through consumer forums and consumer action group meetings. Twice a month we come together to have discussions on ideas and issues related to the MHACA service. The GROW Program is a program in which all in attendance are of peer status and are guided to explore and overcome mental health issues. Consumer peer support is a very important role advocated at all levels of the MHACA service. I was fortunate enough to be in Aucklandthe city where my Godmother lived and used the opportunity to extend my stay. I am so pleased with the time I spent in New Zealandthe business of the conference and the pleasure of holidaying overseas, two things which I have not done before. Thank you I want to say the hugest thank you to Jo for keeping my confidence up on the subject, and to Claudia and Danielle for being so available and for keeping the pressure off me (phew, what a relief that was!). Only one way to find out what I mean crewtry it for yourself a highly recommended experience! Gwvynyth 10 Commandments for Reducing Stress 1. Thou shalt not be perfect, nor even try to be 2. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people 3. Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done 4. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin 5. Thou shalt learn to say No 6. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself 7. Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly 8. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and unattractive at times 9. Thou shalt not even feel guilty 10. Especially, thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy, but be thine own best friend. Anon A TheMHS Adventure by Gwvynyth Cassiopeia-Roennfeldt Anglicare NT provides a free Financial Counselling offering information and support to individuals & families who are experiencing financial difficuties. Ph: (08) 8951 8000 www.anglicare-nt.org.au Guests watching a performance at the Closing Ceremony The MHACA team being welcomed at the conference
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