About My Recovery

My Recovery is a peer led education and support program for people living with mental health challenges or alcohol and other drug issues.  The program is led by peers – people with their own lived experience of mental health challenges (or alcohol and other drug issues) and recovery.  The peers have been trained to facilitate the My Recovery program and use their experience in a safe and meaningful way.

My Recovery provides a safe and confidential space for participants to explore recovery and build skills to promote their long-term mental health and wellbeing.  The My Recovery program includes 13 modules, that are delivered over 9 x 3 hour sessions (VIDEO – Overview to My Recovery).

Session 1

Module 1: Recovery, Hopes and Dreams

Module 2: Peer Support

(VIDEO – Mental Health Peer Support)

Session 2

Module 3: What is Mental Illness

Module 4: Mental Illness and Identity

(VIDEO – Mental Illness and Identity)

(VIDEO – Personal Recovery vs Clinical Recovery)

Session 3

Module 5: Understanding and Resisting Stigma

Module 6: Whole Person Health Model

Session 4Module 7: Approaching Recovery
Session 5Module 8: Relapse
Session 6

Module 9: Communication

(VIDEO – Reflecting on Communication)

Session 7

Module 10: Stigma and Discrimination

Module 11: Meaningful Occupation

Session 8Module 12: Goal Setting
Session 9Module 13: Recovery, Hopes and Dreams

 

Each participant receives a logbook which captures the program content and importantly provides activities for participants to explore and reflect on their own personal recovery during the program (table of contents from the participant logbook).

There is no charge to attend My Recovery and the program is open to anyone who is over the age of 18 and has an experience of mental health challenges, trauma or alcohol and other drug related issues.

For more information contact

Noelene Armstrong
Peer Led Education Project Officer
NT Mental Health Coalition
email: plepproject@ntmhc.org.au 
phone: 0439 100 360

“When I commenced the My Recovery I was in a cage. During the two weeks the cage door opened. Slowly. Enough for me to realise I now have a choice. To stay in the cage, in the dark. Or leave. And become the person I have always known I could be.” 

– Darwin My Recovery Participant (August 2019)

Program Details

My Recovery programs are restarting after a short break due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Programs will be delivered in-line with a COVID-19 management plan to ensure hygiene practices and social distancing are in place.

The following programs have been scheduled, however if the dates and times are not suitable, interested people are encouraged to submit and Expression of Interest identifying their preferences, which will be considered for the schedulng of future programs.

Program NameTuesday Evening Program
FacilitatorsChris and Kirsty
VenuePalmerston Library Community Room
FormatOne session per week
ParticipationMen and Women
Information Sessions

This is an opportunity to learn about the program and the peer learning model before deciding whether to apply.

Option 1: Tuesday 16th of June, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Option 2: Tuesday 23rd of June, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Submit your Online RSVP to attend an Information Session.

My Recovery Session Dates and Times

Tuesdays from 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm

Session 1 – 30th June 2020
Session 2 – 7th July 2020
Session 3 – 14th July 2020
Session 4 – 21st July 2020
Session 5 – 28th July 2020
Session 6 – 4th August 2020
Session 7 – 11th of August 2020
Session 8 – 18th of August 2020
Session 9 – 25th August 2020

Download the flyer with this programs dates.

ApplySubmit an Online Expression of Interest for the “Tuesday Evening Program” or contact the Project Officer on 0439 100 360.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program NameTuesday & Friday Afternoon Program
FacilitatorsNoelene and Aaron
VenuePalmerston Recreation Centre
FormatTwo sessions per week
ParticipationMen and Women
Information Sessions

This is an opportunity to learn about the program and the peer learning model before deciding whether to apply.

Option 1: Friday 12th of June, 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Option 2: Tuesday 16th of June, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Submit your Online RSVP to attend an Information Session, or phone the Project Officer on 0439 100 360.

My Recovery Session Dates and Times

Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 pm to 4 pm

Session 1 – Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Session 2 – Friday 26th June 2020
Session 3 – Tuesday 30th June 2020
Session 4 – Friday 3rd July 2020
Session 5 – Tuesday 7th July 2020
Session 6 – Friday 10th July 2020
Session 7 – Tuesday 14th July 2020
Session 8 – Friday 17th July 2020
Session 9 – Tuesday 21st July 2020

Download the flyer with this programs dates.

ApplySubmit an Online Expression of Interest for the “Tuesday and Friday Afternoon Program” or contact the Project Officer on 0439 100 360.

 

Expression of Interest in Future Programs

 People who would like to participate in future My Recovery programs are encouraged to register their interest and identify their preferences for participating.  The Coalition will seek to accomodate preferences for the scheduling of future programs.

After registering your interest, the Project Officer will contact you and remain in touch about your interest and participation.

“My experience of the My Recovery program was quite profound. I left carrying with me a renewed sense of hope for the possibilities of my recovery and my future. I experienced a real sense of alliance with the other participants and the facilitators – that we are all in this ‘thing’ together.” 

– Darwin My Recovery Participant (August 2019)

Darwin Facilitators

My Recovery is facilitated by local people in Darwin who have their own lived experiences of mental health challenges and recovery.

Facilitators have all completed training to facilitate the My Recovery program, including how to share lived experience in an intentional way to support other people’s recovery journey.  The facilitators are part of the growing peer support workforce in the Northern Territory.

Effectiveness of My Recovery

Participants from the My Recovery program complete a feedback form as part of the quality improvement framework developed for this program.  An overview of feedback received for the Darwin My Recovery program in August 2019 is included below.  Several of the participants also provided written Testimonials of their experience of the My Recovery program.

1.   What is the most important things you have gained by attending this program?

“Identifying my signs and management to my anxiety.”

“Learning I can be who I am and become.”

“Community and connectedness. Renewed hope and positive view of future. Practical tools to use. Wisdom of lived experience. New perspective.”

“Knowing that I am not alone in the way that I have felt.”

“That the journey and process of navigating recovery in mental health as viewed in My Recovery does not differ much from recovery and living with addiction.

 2.   What will you do differently after attending this program?

“Empowerment. Being responsible for my own wellbeing. Focussing on my strengths. Facing challenges. Owning my struggles.”

“Begin to identify queues and situations that may trigger a mental health episode.”

“Consciously work on my recovery.”

“Personal medicine. Try to get involved in advocacy and peer movement.”

“Take space each day to reflect on my smart goals. Have time for myself. “

3.   What suggestions do you have about how the program could be improved?

“I think the program was really good and I will be recommending the course to others. Thank you.”

“More info about local advocacy groups or opportunities for getting involved. Loved it! Thanks so much!”

“If a little more short clips are shown – I find the visualisation is an important tool for learning. Thanks.”

“Nothing, I thought it was fantastic.”

“Can’t say as it was the first time I have every done anything like this. Course was very well presented and I got a lot out of it. Maybe follow up of participants?”

4.   How helpful have the following aspects of the program been? 

(1. Not at all to 5. Significantly improved)

Mental illness and recovery possibilities (Average Score: 4.3)

Recovering a holistic picture of myself (Average Score: 4.6)

Treating myself (Average Score: 4.5)

Planning for recovery (Average Score: 4.7)

Working with relapse (Average Score: 4.3)

Communication skills (Average Score: 4.4)

Stigma, discrimination, rights and advocacy (Average Score 4.6)

Taking steps toward meaningful occupation (Average Score 4.5)

    Participants are also asked to complete the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) at the start and end of the program.  The K10 assessment provides a measure of the persons psychological distress over the last four weeks on a scale between 10 (lowest level of psychological distress) and 50 (highest level of psychological distress).

    The August 2019, My Recovery participants had an average K10 score of 25.5 on the first day of the My Recovery program and an average score of 16.7 on the last day of the My Recovery program.

    The delivery of the My Recovery program in the Darwin region has been subject to an external evaluation by the Menzies School of Health Research.  The full evaluation report will be uploaded to this website once complete.

    Wellways Australia, also commissioned an independent research report into the My Recovery programs effectiveness – Peer education programs that empower people in their recovery (March 2019).

    Darwin Peer Led Education Pilot

    My Recovery is a program that is being delivered in the Darwin Region as part of a Peer Led Education Pilot project.  The Pilot involved a three-way collaboration between the NT Mental Health Coalition (as lead agency), Wellways Australia (as subject matter expert and training provider) and Menzies School of Health Research (as external evaluator).

    The Pilot was commissioned by the Northern Territory Primary Health Network with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health, through the National Psychosocial Support Measure.

    The Pilot generated interest from a cross section of people, organisations and service providers.  It introduced a peer led education program that supports recovery and offers a vocational pathway for participants.  The Pilot was designed in 3 phases (VIDEO – Pilot Overview).

    1. Introduction of My Recovery program to the Darwin region (August 2019)
    2. Train the Facilitator program (November 2019)
    3. Co-facilitation of My Recovery by up-skilled, local facilitators (from March 2020)

    A Steering Committee was engaged at the beginning of the Pilot project by the NT Mental Health Coalition to contextualise and advise on the development of the My Recovery program for the Darwin region.

    The Steering Committee met regularly during the development and implementation of phases 1 and 2.  This in turn promoted and supported the project more broadly within the mental health and alcohol and other drug sector.  The vocational pathway developed in the project has the potential to develop qualified and emerging peer workforce for the NT that supports the provision of recovery orientated practice.

    Membership of the Steering Committee included

    • People with lived experience (who also participated in the phases 1 and 2)
    • Peak bodies such as the National Disability Service NT (NDS NT) and Associaton for Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT (AADNT)
    • Commissioning agencies such as the Northern Territory Primary Health Network and Northern Territory Government, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch
    • Industry Skills Advisory Council NT (ISACNT) and the Department of Social Services, Boosting the Local Care Workforce
    • Vocational education and training providers such as Charles Darwin University
    • Community mental health organisations
    • Menzies School of Health evaluation team

    “Why this program worked for me was because it was a peer led program. The program facilitators were excellent and were able to share their experiences authentically to engage me and other participants in a meaningful and effective way through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment.”

    – Darwin My Recovery Participant (August 2019)

    Supporting the My Recovery program

    The Peer Led Education Pilot project and delivery of the My Recovery program in the Darwin provided a new way for people experiencing mental health challenges or alcohol and other drug related issues to acess evidence-based information and receive support.

    The initiative has been well supported by members of the Pilot Steering Committee.  The local My Recovery facilitators continue to be role models and advocates for an emerging NT Mental Health Peer Workforce.

    Individuals and organisations have the opportunity to support the delivery of My Recovery in Darwin in the following ways

    Project Videos

    Introduction to the Darwin Peer Led Education Program and the Peer Model

    The Darwin Peer Led Education Program is built on the principals of peer support and peer learning.  The role of a peer is to walk along side someone, promoting wellness by recognising a persons abilities.

    Watch the video to find out more about the peer model and the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.

    Introduction to the Darwin Peer Led Education Program

    The Darwin Peer Led Education Program is built on the principals of peer support and peer learning.  The role of a peer is to walk along side someone, promoting wellness by recognising a persons abilities.

    Watch the video to find out more about the peer model and the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.

    What to expect by participating in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program

    There are 9 x 3 hour sessions delivered in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.

    Watch the video to find out what to expect by participating in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.

    Introduction to the Darwin Peer Led Education Program

    The Darwin Peer Led Education Program is built on the principals of peer support and peer learning.  The role of a peer is to walk along side someone, promoting wellness by recognising a persons abilities.

    Watch the video to find out more about the peer model and the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.

    hat to expect by participating in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program

    There are 9 x 3 hour sessions delivered in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.

    Watch the video to find out what to expect by participating in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.

    Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19

    The changes to our lives and environment from COVID-19, have had a negative impact to many peoples mental health and wellbeing. Its important to reach out and seek help for a mental health problem and your GP is a great first point of contact.

    Mental health problems are caused by a combination of causal factors across a range of domains in an individuals life. When seeking to address a mental health problem, it is more effective to implement a range of strategies that promote wellbeing and foster recovery.  Watch the video to find out more.

    Peer Led Education Program – My Recovery

    My Recovery is the program employed for the Darwin Peer Led Education Pilot project.  My Recovery was created for Wellways Australia by people who experience mental health challenges and its first version dates back to 2003.

    Watch the video to hear about the My Recovery program content and structure which has been intentionally designed with a view to fostering participants personal recovery. 

    Noelene – Mental Health and Recovery Journey

    Noelene is one of the Darwin My Recovery Facilitators and has also been the Project Officer for the Peer Led Education Pilot.

    Her mental health and recovery journey has included changing vocations in the last 5 years to mental health peer work.

    Watch the video to hear some of Noelene’s mental health and recovery journey.

    Personal Recovery versus Clinical Recovery

    The My Recovery program uses a peer model of education and support to foster participant’s Personal Recovery.  

    Personal Recovery is different to Clinical Recovery, which focuses on the absence of symptoms and is the framework used by medical professionals.

    Watch the video to find out more about Personal Recovery and the CHIME model which is explored in the My Recovery program.

    Mental Illness and Identity

    The My Recovery program explores the impact of mental illness on identity.  Identity can be changed or damaged by experiences such as people not understanding or accepting you, by low self-esteem or by difficult events. Part of recovering from mental ill health involves repairing identity and strengthening sense of self.

    Watch the Kintsugi video from Eastern Philosophy which is a clip used in the My Recovery program to support participants to reframe their sense of identity.

    Mental Health Peer Support

    My Recovery is led by peers – people who have their own experience of mental health issues and recovery, and have trained to deliver the program and use their lived experience in a safe and meaningful way.

    Based on their shared lived experience, peers are able to develop rapport quickly and support people.  There is substantial national and international evidence that the quality of life of those experiencing mental health challenges and alcohol or other drug issues can be significantly enhanced when peer support is an integral part of their treatment.

    Watch the video to hear about the role of peers and this emerging workforce in the Northern Territory.

    Reflecting on Communication Styles

    The My Recovery program allows participants to explore their personal communication style.  Effective communication helps people express their needs without creating conflict or division, and to maintain or improve relationships. It is especially valuable in shared decision making, problem solving and self-advocating.  These skills are important in everyday life and especially when communicating with medical professionals in the mental health system.

    Watch the video for Karpman’s Drama Triangle which is featured in the communication module of the My Recovery program.

    About the Darwin Pilot

    The My Recovery program, has been delivered as part of the Darwin Peer Led Education Pilot project.  The Pilot is being coordinated through the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition with funding from the Northern Territory Primary Health Network.

    Watch the video to find out more about the Pilot and how it has been delivered in the Darwin region, offering a vocational pathway into peer support from some of the program participants.