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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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0 Day to Day Living in the Community Program Activities to Help Improve Quality of Life upd ate Day to Day Living Coordinator: Carmel Williams What we offer The D2DL Program aims to help improve the quality of life for people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness by providing a range of day-to-day activities Come & join in ... Working with other organisations such as GROW, RecLink and the Salvation Army we offer A GROW Peer Support & Drop-In Centre to drop in week days for a cuppa and a friendly chat Group activities each week such as cooking, singing, painting - to have some fun & learn new skills ... or relearn old ones! Education & training to better understand and manage mental illness and mental health Support to set & achieve personal goals through taking part in activities available in the community Organised group outings one weekend a month to join in local community events Benefits ... Increased social interaction, learning or re-learning skills, setting and achieving personal goals, developing confidence and independence For further info call: Carmel Williams on 8950 4612 or Sean Broughton-Wright on 8950 4614 Monday to Friday 8.30am 4.30pm Carmel Williams Welcome on board Sean ... We are pleased to report that Sean Broughton-Wright has been appointed as the newD2DL/Grow Project Officer and has made himself welcome at the Drop-In Centre and D2DL Program. Anyone who came to the AGM will know that his assistance with the Walk a Mile short film was absolutely invaluable, and we look forward to putting his talents to good use in the new version to be released at MHACAs official opening on 10 December. You can read a bit more about Sean on the next page, and in his profile on page 57. New New New!!! We have continued to experiment with a range of activitiesand always welcome new ideas! Some previous new activities have included Look Good, Feel Good at the Salvation Army and, more recently, Relaxation-Yoga with Kalika at MHACA on Wednesday evenings (see update on page 12). Some ongoing regular favourites include Mandala Drawing with Lynne on Tuesday afternoons, the Writing Group with Linda Wells on Thursday afternoons, and Healthy Living on Thursday mornings, recently coordinated by Pip Williams. A highlight in recent months has been a mini-bus trip to Trephina Gorge on Sunday 21 September for a BBQ lunch to see Strings on the Rocks, an afternoon really enjoyed by all those who attended. Numbers attending activities have begun to consolidate as we become more consistent with reminders and assisted transport to out-of-hours activities. Our review of administration processes continues with many gains in filing and reporting. Keep GROWing The GROW Drop-In centre continues to be popular with consumers. Computers are well accessed for leisure and education purposes, and CDs, DVDs and Books are now all catalogued; thank you to the huge efforts of Nicole Kundert, who completed this task recently. Consumers are borrowing these books consistently and making good use of them. Now that the weather has become hot, people are appreciating spending some time in the Centre as the air-conditioning is very good. Staff have been regularly visiting the hospital on Friday afternoons to help promote GROW on the Wardand we are pleased to announce that a second GROW Group is now available on Monday evenings from 5.00-7.00pm. Evaluation The Program was recently evaluated by the Commonwealth Government and feedback from consumers was overwhelmingly positive. With your help, we can continue to make the Drop-In Centre a helpful, healing and safe place for people to move back into a full and rich life of their own choosing. The program generally is achieving well, with a few areas for improvement especially in the statistical record keeping. We hope that now we are fully staffed, this will resolve itself in the near future.

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