Thank you for your interest in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program. 

The My Recovery program was delivered as part of a pilot project which concluded in September 2021. 

For more information contact the CEO at the NT Mental Health Coalition:

ph: (08) 8948 2246

e: ceo@ntmhc.org.au 

“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)

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 well-being.  The My Recovery program includes 13 modules, that are usually delivered over 9 x 3 hour sessions.

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)

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 nd importantly provides activities for participants to explore and reflect on their own personal recovery during the program (table of contents from the participant logbook).

My Recovery programs are fully funded by the Northern Territory Primary Health Network and there is no charge to attend.  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.

“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)

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.

Some of the feedback we hare received to date 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)

    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 is now available to download.

    Image 1: Word Art using background information shared by participants of the Menzies Evaluation BEFORE completing the My Recovery program.

    Image 2: Word Art using information related to ‘Personal Recovery’ shared by participants of the Menzies Evaluation AFTER completing the My Recovery program.

    Image 3: Word Art using information related to the ‘Peer Model’ shared by participants of the Menzies Evaluation AFTER completing the My Recovery program.

    Image 4: Word Art using information related to the ‘Impact of My Recovery’ shared by participants of the Menzies Evaluation AFTER completing the program.

    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.  

    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.

    “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)

    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

    Generally there are 9 x 3 hour sessions delivered in the Darwin Peer Led Education Program.  (However, sometimes when we run and evening program, the sessions are only 2 hours long.)

    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 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.

    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.