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The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has developed FREE learning resources to assist Community Workers, volunteers, peers and others in the community to better support people living with a psychosocial disability or mental health condition. The focus of MHCCs Community Education Engagement Package (CCEP) Project is that “people living with, or at risk to develop, a psychosocial disability participate in and benefit from the same community activities as everyone else”.
Tina Smith, Principal Advisor – Sector and Workforce Development, MHCC
MHCC is the peak body for community mental health organisations in NSW. Since 1983 MHCC has worked to build the capacity of community organisations to support people on their recovery journeys. Tina has worked in the community services and health industry for more than 30 years. Her work has focused on recovery, psychosocial rehabilitation and community inclusion issues for people at risk for, living with or recovering from complex and diverse health and social problems and their families. She has worked to explore issues related to NDIS implementation for people living with mental health conditions in the context of the mental health reform environment since 2011.
Susan (Sue) Allen, Peer Worker and Lived Experience Representative
Sue is a person living with a mental health condition. She has a lived with Bipolar Disorder including numerous psychiatric hospitalisations over a long period of time. Sue attended an early CEEP Project Co-design Working Group and later became a lived experience representative on the project Advisory Group. Sue has contributed to the project learning videos. She was previously a qualified Occupational Therapist and is now a Peer Worker. Sue is keen to share her message of hope: “This gets better, you are not just a diagnosis. You have a life around this. You have setbacks and then continue and move forward”. Sue says she attended the CEEP Project trial because: “I have a strong belief in the importance of community engagement in recovery, because I support the use of co-design in resource development and have a keen interest in mental health research”.
Mark Noble, Peer, Dubbo Co-design Participant B.App.Sci., Dip.App.Sci, Cert IV (Soc.Services)
Mark is an independent mental health consumer consultant who has lived with a mental health condition over a long period of time. He lives in Dubbo, NSW and attended the CEEP workshops there over 2018-19. He qualified as an allied health professional in 1980 before moving to more rural pursuits. Mark has spent almost all his working life in rural and remote Victoria and NSW and has occupied his current role for more than 10 years. He has been a consumer partner of the Western NSW Local Health District MHDA in such roles as awareness raising and providing consumer advice to a variety of consultancy and steering committees and is a current member of the district MHDA Patient Safety & Clinical Quality Committee. His primary areas of interest are in the areas of Mental Health Recovery, Suicide prevention, and the effects of trauma on the brain. He also provides consumer advice to the Dubbo Men’s Carers group and is a member of SP2Connect, the Western NSW Lived Experience Suicide Prevention Network. He also holds a position of research assistant in a project to review HASI and CLS services in NSW with the University of NSW and is employed in the Western NSW PHN Consumer Engagement Project with the Collaborative Pairs Program.
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