Connecting2community is a new psychosocial support service co-designed by consumers, for consumers and delivered by peer workers, to inspire confidence and hope in others on their journey of recovery.
Connecting2community is a tailored, individualised and client-centred program that helps people achieve their goals to tackle their mental illness through support, encouragement and advice. The program is provided by Ballarat Community Health and Grampians Community Health.
“By sharing lived experience we can increase more positive outcomes for people in their recovery journey,” BCH CEO Sean Duffy said.
“Connection to someone who has walked a similar path before, gives hope to those facing challenges of their own,” Mr Duffy said.
Research identifies that the top two priorities for people with severe mental illness is managing the symptoms of the illness and addressing loneliness and social isolation
This program has been initiated to provide people with opportunities and support to connect to their local community and is available for people from the age of 18-65.
“This program is evidence that involving people with lived experience in the development of programs