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Successful first steps to Support Worker career

 

Rise Mental Health Services latest Peer Work Course came to a successful conclusion last week with all seven participants graduating.

The course allows people with a lived mental health experience to learn skills and develop an understanding about the mental health industry so that they can start their journey into work as a Peer Support Worker.  Topics included:

  • Goal Setting
  • The Peer Worker–Client Relationship
  • Conducting a Presentation
  • Looking After Your Health

The 6 week course was facilitated by Michael and work placement student Andrea. Michael said

It was amazing to work with seven great students and see their passion for Peer Work. It was a privilege to hear their stories and help them to start their journey as a Peer Worker. I was lucky to have the support of Andrea in co-facilitating the course she was an amazing asset.

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

If you’d like further information about the next Peer Work course, please contact:

Michael at michael.akkermans@risenetwork.com.au or 0417 857 735

R U OK? – Meaningful conversations about mental health

R U OK? Day is all about staying connected and having meaningful conversations with people who may be having a tough time – and that includes work colleagues.

R U OK? road show

To raise awareness and start some conversations, last week Rise invited the whole team to wear yellow for R U OK? Day and attend a session to learn more about mental health.

Workplace Health and Safety Officer Julie Exeter, along with our Mental Health team, hit the road visiting Rise sites for the whole week.

At the sessions we talked about what RU OK? is all about and the four steps that could save a life:

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Follow up

We also learned how to listen and look out for signs that someone we work with is struggling.

Starting conversations

We all need to be confident to ask someone R U OK?  So each session included role-playing where we explored ways to start the conversation and how to be prepared for the response we may get.

CEO Justine Colyer said Rise offers a range of flexible and tailored support for when ever people need it.

I want to thank you all for being part of supportive and open communication with your teams and making sure you take care of yourselves so we can all look out for each other.

It was an important reminder to take care of our own mental health as well as look out for how others are doing.

If you missed the session at your work site, there is a load of excellent information and resources on the R U OK? website.

Big thank you to Julie for organising the seriously yummy R U OK? cakes!

Rise Mental Health

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

Rise gears up for next Peer Work Course

Rise’s very popular Peer Work Course is running for a second time this year, with interested people encouraged to find out more.

Peer Work Course

The Peer Work Course is for people wanting to find out more about being a mental health peer support worker. It is for those with lived experiences of mental health, who think they might be able to help others with their recovery.

The course runs twice a year, with just twelve places available each time. Support Worker Michael Akkermans said the six-week course was very popular.

The Peer Work Course is a non-accredited course but it is recognised by the institutions that offer Certificate IV in Mental Health and Peer Work. The course mirrors the Certificate IV in Mental Health, but in less detail.

Michael’s success

Michael himself is a successful graduate from the course. He has now been a support worker with Rise for several years.

He facilitates the course, along with Margaret from Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia.

We’ll show you just what being a support worker is about and discuss study options and pathways. The course costs $50 and includes a workbook.

The course runs for six consecutive Mondays. An information session will also be held so people can find out more details. The next Peer Work Course runs in October 2018. For more information about the course click here.

Rise Mental Health

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

Darnell mental health recovery

Helping others helps Darnell on her road to recovery

Talking about mental health is a great way to break down barriers and stigma surrounding it.
That’s why Darnell is telling her story.
She hopes that it might help someone.
She hopes that it might help encourage someone to get help.
She hopes that they may be able to feel useful and productive again, just like she is.

Darnell’s life

Darnell was born in California and raised in the Midwest. Her accent is soft and mild after so many years living in Australia.
Darnell is a mother to four grown children. She’s also mum to two dogs – lab crosses. All six of her babies got her through her darkest days.

I was in psychiatric care for four weeks. It wasn’t a wonderful place to be, but on the other hand you heard stories just like yours and could relate.

I was referred to Rise from Community Health while in hospital. I was put in touch with support worker Paul. We met twice a week to start, and then once a week.

After being released from hospital, Darnell wasn’t in a good place mentally.

I didn’t want to be around people, I didn’t want to go out. I wouldn’t leave the house at all.

Some days I would call Paul and tell him I wasn’t well because I just didn’t want to interact with anyone.

When you feel lousy it’s a bad feeling. My dogs were very protective of me and were never far from my side.

Road to recovery

A change in medication dosage was the catalyst for Darnell to start feeling more like herself.

She was keen to contribute to society and give back. Darnell started looking for opportunities, and connected with the Swan Volunteer Resource Centre.

I thought that if I can’t work for someone, I’ll work in a different capacity.

I looked through the files and found People Who Care who needed volunteers urgently. I made a decision and took an opportunity – I haven’t looked back.

Darnell drives people to activities and also provides one-on-one support to clients. Initially she was rostered to help for two days a week, but often volunteers up to four days a week.

Before I used to avoid people but now I look forward to it. Just last week I found myself telling a joke to everyone on the bus. That’s something I wouldn’t have done before.

I’m interacting with people more and getting back into my hobbies. I like charcoal drawings and my dogs are happy I have more energy.

Helping others

For Darnell, the act of helping others has helped with her journey to recovery.

I’m one of the lucky ones who has seen the light. Even when I finished my support with Rise, it could have gone either way with my path in life.

I’m happy with where I’m at and what I’m doing now. My challenge now is working to keep my mental health at that level.

I like helping people and I hope by sharing my story it can help someone else.

Darnell has now be exited from Rise services and we are so pleased to see how well she is doing. We wish you all the best for a healthy and happy life as you balance volunteering with your many hobbies!

Rise services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

NDIS psychosocial roundtable

Rise clients help inform NDIS psychosocial support

Rise clients have played a big part in helping to design NDIS psychosocial support for people around the country.

Three of our Psychosocial NDIS participants were invited to take part in a workshop at Duxton Hotel in Perth.

NDIS psychosocial workshop

Graeme, Ian and Saul took part in the NDIS round table. It was run by the National NDIS. The aim is to use the feedback from the workshop to design new protocols for people with psychosocial disability to access NDIS funding.

Rise Mental Health Coordinators Nina and Emma went along too. Nina said it was a fantastic day out.

We turned up and had valet parking, plus they put on a great lunch, so everyone felt like royalty! But the real reason our clients were there was to give their feedback. And it was great for them to be heard, and to help others in the future.

It was made clear to us that the feedback would be taken on board and used to roll out a national program. Everyone went home feeling really valued and useful.

It’s wonderful for our people to be valued and their opinion heard. What a great day out!

Rise mental health services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

 

ice addict peer work course

Former ice addict Leesa now helps others

Sometimes all people need is a little bit of help so that they can turn their lives around.

This is certainly the case for former Rise client Leesa, who has gone from ice addict to assisting others.

Leesa and her story

Leesa was originally diagnosed with post natal depression after the birth of her first son in 2001.

Her depression excelled following the birth of two more sons in 2010 and 2011, along with drug addiction and domestic violence in her marriage.

In 2012 she was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, post natal depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.

My drug addiction excelled further and I was in denial. In August 2013 started my recovery of addiction, however I handed my children to DCP in December 2013 due to their father and myself being unfit.

All of 2014 I worked with multiple organisations to help better myself as a parent and to understand why I had an addiction and all these ‘medical/mental illness’.

A turn for the better

It’s around this time that Leesa was put in touch with Rise.  Leesa had a house through our Supported Landlord Service.

She received support from our psychosocial support workers and also took part in our Peer Work Course. This is for people who have lived experiences with mental illness who want to help others.

At the beginning of 2015 my two younger boys returned home to me. Throughout 2016 and 2017 I have been on the school P&C and been the Auskick Coordinator for the boys’ club.

Yes it has been tough being a single parent with a lived experience, but with that I have been able to help get early intervention for my boys suffering PTSD, ADHD and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder).

I am now four years clean, starting a new role with PCYC Ice Breakers Program to help pay forward to other addicts and families.

I’m thankful for the support Rise gave me in encouraging me to go work with my passion.

What a great story of Leesa turning her story around and now being able to help others!

Rise mental health services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

mental health rise

Past participants show peer work course success

Rise’s very popular Peer Work Course has had some amazing results, with past participants now training others.

Peer Work Course

The Peer Work Course is for people interested in finding out more about being a mental health peer support worker. It is for those with lived experiences of mental health, who think they might be able to help others with their recovery.

The course runs twice a year, with just twelve places available each time. Support Worker Michael Akkermans said more than fifty potential candidates came to the last information session to find out more about the six-week course. It mirrors the Certificate IV in Mental Health but not in as much detail.

It was incredibly difficult to filter through all of the amazing people that turned up and pick the twelve people that best fit the criteria. The Peer Work Course is a non-accredited course but it is recognised by the institutions that offer Certificate IV in Mental Health and Peer Work.

The last intake of the Cert IV for Mental Health had three participants from the Peer Work Course and six did the Cert IV for Peer Work.

Michael’s success

Michael himself is a successful graduate from the course. He has now been a support worker with Rise for several years.

As a participant of the course I never thought that I would be able to have the opportunity to deliver it but when I did I grabbed hold of my courage and took the opportunity. I have been facilitating it with Margaret from MIFWA since 2013.

A course cost of fifty dollars is a small price to pay.

Peer Worker Course feedback

The last course in 2017 was run in October. It received some great feedback from those how took part.

– Thank you guys so much for this opportunity, I’ll always look on it fondly and have it inspire my actions here on.

– Instilling the confidence to unpack elements of my story I hadn’t thought of. Inspiring to do further work experience in the area.

– It was full of useful and important information over the whole six weeks.

2018 course

The next Peer Work Course runs in the first half of 2018. For more information about the course click here.

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

washing machice

Washing machine makes life easier

Having a washing machine in the home is something most people take for granted.

Not Joanne.

Joanne finally got a washer and dryer installed in her Subiaco unit this year, and she describes it as a life-changer.

Washing machine makes a difference

Joanne is supported by Rise, with Outreach Support Worker Paul supporting her for the past six months.

Paul has supported Joanne to purchase a washing machine for her unit, so she no longer needs to use the communal washing machine.

The wash house has six machines and five dryers for 300 people.

Unfortunately at the unit block, there is a lot of crime and people use communal property for things they shouldn’t.

A washing machine and dryer installed in her bathroom has made a world of difference.

Now Joanne can run her machine any time of the day or night. She can do the washing in her pj’s if she likes, she can fold the washing on her bed and she doesn’t have her washing stolen anymore.

For me to get a machine is a life saver. It’s a simple thing in life to have clean clothes.

Paul took me to Kambos and Miele had a floor stock sale.

The machines are really quiet because they are designed for units, and they fit perfectly.

A long time coming

Joanne has been pushing for a washing machine for many years through the correct channels. She saved up to afford the plumbing changes, and placed the machines on interest free loans.

She’s telling us her story because she wants other people on low incomes to know that they can get help for purchases to make life easier.

I’m quite a private person but I thought it might help someone else.

I’d like for other people to see that things are achievable and to know they can get help.

There are always ways around things and I’d like people to know that there is hope.

Support for clients

For Joanne, Paul is someone she can’t help but rave about.

From being her advocate for housing issues, to taking her shopping and working on her health, she praises him no end!

Paul has made such a difference and it’s nice to promote the good work of others.

He’s helped me get a new hot water system too.

Rise services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

 

Homeless connect

Rise helps homeless connect to services

Rise has been helping the homeless connect to essential services in Perth.

This week Rise was part of the Homeless Connect Perth event in the city.

Homeless Connect

The event is a partnership between Volunteering WA and the City of Perth. It is a one-stop-shop of services for homeless people.

Homeless Connect brings together volunteers, government, community groups and businesses. They provide a range of free essential services to people who are or who are at risk of homelessness.

This includes

  • accommodation assistance
  • counselling
  • legal advice
  • free GP, dental, podiatry and optometry services
  • financial counselling
  • free shop facility with food, clothing, and toiletries
  • personal hygiene – haircuts and showers)
  • meal service
  • sporting and arts activities.

The Rise Mental Health team was involved in the event and had a stall. Many of the people we support are at risk of homelessness.

Mental Health Service Coordinator Nina Martin said it was a wonderful day out for everyone.

There was such a buzz at our stall and it was great to see so many people helped. We handed out mini toiletries and had the chance for lots of meaningful connections and sharing information about our services.

Rise helps the homeless

This year Rise staff helped to collect items which were handed out on the day. Keryn from the Mental Health Team was part of the Essentials for Women campaign.

Donations of new women’s underwear, sanitary items and toiletries were collected and handed out at Homeless Connect.

For the first time, some of our clients across the mental health and youth divisions benefited from the donations.

Keryn said she it was the second year she had been involved. She was impressed by the number of donations from Rise staff.

Thanks again to everyone who donated items, with so many essential Essential for Women goodies helping our clients.

Essentials for women

Rise services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

 

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week full of colour and fun

Mental Health Week 2017 was full of colour and fun as Rise took part in several events.

Rise has a Mental Health Team who support people to live a great life.

During Mental Health Week Rise was at many events, talking about our services and promoting ways to stay healthy.

Mental Health Week

The week began with a stand at Midland Community Mental Health. Here there was a big focus on the importance of peer work and mental health recovery.

On World Mental Health Day, Rise sponsored a Celebration stall in Forrest Place. It was a colourful stand complete with giant Jenga, fresh flowers, fake grass and a wellness activity.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health Deborah O’Neill stopped by to learn more about Rise and all that we do. We spoke to hundreds of people over the day and we hope our stand made them smile.

Zoo visit

On Wednesday our Mental Health Explore Group took a special visit to Perth Zoo! This event was generously funded by WAAMH. Support worker Kerryn said it was a great day out for both the staff and clients, with the weather holding out.

The highlights were definitely the elephants and the meerkats. Some of our clients hadn’t been to the zoo since they were kids. The longest was 25 years for one client!

Mindfulness event

Rise staff focused on being mentally healthy by having a mindfulness session. Many staff really appreciated this and the mental health team will do this together once a month going forward.

Rise staff also joined Midland Community Mental Health for lunch, where some of the team won prizes in a raffle. There was a speech from the Psychiatrist at MCMH focusing on recovery and how we all need to have hope in our recovery journey.

later in the week we also had a stall set up at St John of God in Midland where again there was a lot of interest in what we do. What a busy week!

Rise Mental Health

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.