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 (VIDEO – Overview to My Recovery). However, when programs are run in the evenings, they are delivered as 2 hour sessions and over 10-12 sessions.
Module 1: Recovery, Hopes and Dreams
Module 2: Peer Support
Module 3: What is Mental Illness
Module 4: Mental Illness and Identity
Module 5: Understanding and Resisting Stigma
Module 6: Whole Person Health Model
|Session 4||Module 7: Approaching Recovery|
|Session 5||Module 8: Relapse|
Module 9: Communication
Module 10: Stigma and Discrimination
Module 11: Meaningful Occupation
|Session 8||Module 12: Goal Setting|
|Session 9||Module 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).
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.
For more information contact
Noelene Armstrong Peer Led Education Project Officer NT Mental Health Coalition email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
My Recovery Program Details
My Recovery programs are delivered in-line with a COVID-19 management plan to ensure hygiene practices and social distancing are in place.
My Recovery 2021, Program #3: April to June 2021, Thursday Afternoons
|Facilitators||Noelene & Leah|
Nightcliff Community Centre, 18 Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff
|Format||1 x 3 hour sessions each week for 9 weeks (Download the Flyer)|
|Participation||Men and Women|
Information sessions are an opportunity to learn about the program and the peer learning model before deciding whether to apply.
Thursday, 29th of April, 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Please RSVP to attend an Information Session by contacting the Project Officer on 0439 100 360 / email@example.com.
|My Recovery Session Dates and Times|
The actual My Recovery program session dates and times are as follows:
Thursdays from 12:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Session 1 – Thursday, 6th of May, 2021
|Apply||Submit an Online Expression of Interest for the “April to June, Thursday Afternoon Program 2021” or contact the Project Officer on 0439 100 360.|
If the dates and times for our scheduled programs are not suitable, interested people are encouraged to submit and Expression of Interest identifying their preferences, which will be considered for the scheduling of future programs.
“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)
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.
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. The Pilot was designed in 3 phases (VIDEO – Pilot Overview).
- Introduction of My Recovery program to the Darwin region (August 2019)
- Train the Facilitator program (November 2019)
- 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)
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
- Print and display the My Recovery Flyer
- Share information in your Organisations Newsletter (2021-My-Recovery-Newsletter-Item)
- Share our My Recovery Facebook post
- Invite our Facilitators to provide an information session within your organisation (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Share information via email through your personal networks (example email)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.