More people with severe mental illness, their families and carers Far North Queensland will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance close to home thanks to a $121 million boost from the Gillard Government.
Under the Government’s record $2.2 billion national mental health reforms, Worklink Employment Support Group Incorporated will receive $1,581,463 to employ Personal Helpers and Mentors to work one-on-one with people with mental illness across the Atherton Tablelands and Cassowary Coast regions.
What is the Personal Helpers and Mentors Service?
The Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) service:
The Personal Helpers and Mentors, employed by each service provider, support participants in their recovery journey, building long-term relationships and providing holistic support. They ensure that services accessed by participants are coordinated, integrated and complementary to other services in the community. A Personal Helper and Mentor:
Many communities in remote areas are disadvantaged through a lack of infrastructure, community and clinical services. FaHCSIA has implemented a complementary service delivery model for remote areas. This model expands on the established PHaMs service model and is referred to as the PHaMs Remote Servicing model (the model).
The Remote Servicing model assists participants and their families and is complemented by a community development approach. The model recognises and promotes the spiritual, cultural, mental and physical healing for Indigenous Australians living with mental illness in remote communities. While this model does not exclusively target Indigenous Australians, there will be a strong focus on working with Indigenous Australians living with a mental illness in remote communities.
The model expands the current Personal Helpers and Mentors service framework by removing the 16 year age criteria to allow younger people (at risk of suicide and undertaking risk taking behaviors) to access the service. The model has a community development approach including working with individuals and their community support networks and introducing cultural and family brokers to promote cultural competency.
The model will encourage the development of purposeful community based activities that enable social inclusion and strengthening of family and community relationships for the participant as well as the development of the community as a whole.
Worklink's Personal Helpers and Mentors Program is based in the Indigenous community of Yarrabah and supports participants, their family, carers and the community to promote spiritual, cultural, mental and physical healing.