Recovery oriented mental health services are the way forward in effective rehabilitation for consumers. A movement away from the medical model in which medication treats symptoms of an underlying cause or trauma is now understood to be largely insufficient in terms of truly effective treatment.
A new vision of hope, seeing unique challenging experiences as something to accept and embrace without judgment rather than trying to suppress or eradicate symptoms is a useful paradigm shift. Mental health consumers are the experts of their own experience and have a lot to teach the world about their unique perspective.
This project is the beginning developments of an early intervention, skills based program offered to teenagers and young adults experiencing mental health challenges to develop increased coping strategies, foster and promote strengths, and encourage development of ones authentic self, paving the way towards self actualization and empowerment.
What we need & what you get
This facility will be situated in a wellness promoting environment. The retreat is to be established on property in a scenic area in the South West region of Western Australia, with access to cycle paths and local community facilities.
Occupational Therapy based retreat focuses on: 'Change through action'
Tailored Program Packages dependent on the needs and interests of the individual
CBT, ACT, CFT, Mindfulness, MBCT, other psychological therapies
Consistent mentoring program
Creative Therapies including: Art therapy, Music therapy/Production and Drama therapy.
Yoga, meditation, mindfulness,
Exercise Groups (cycling, running, swimming, hiking),
Outdoor Therapies: gardening, animal assisted therapies horse riding therapy
Changing Lives and providing support in the years which support could have the greatest influence.
- Age: 15 -24
- Referred by school counsellor
- Non- psychotic symptoms
- Psychotic symptoms
- Severe trauma
- Live outside of WA
- Severe drug and alcohol misuse
- No desire for change
Risks & Challenges
safety and duty of care issues
Adequate Staff training
Other Ways You Can Help
Help advocate for an improved future for mental health! Gaps exist and this is my attempt to identify the people on the fringe and provide support before they need to digress too far that they rely more serious intervention.