West Moreton Oxley (WMO) Partners in Recovery (PIR) Celebrating Mental Health Week

80 people attended a morning tea and Tai Chi session hosted by PIR at Queens Park on 7 October as part of the Mental Health Week activities. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Ian Berry (State Member for Ipswich) both attended and morning tea was catered by Jacaranda Club House.

Susan Barron-Hamilton (PIR Manager - Aftercare) welcomed people from across the mental health spectrum, including volunteer mental health service navigators and students from Evocca College. Susan said “the interest in PIR is expanding to include a growing group of people who are joining together to work out ways to address the gaps and barriers faced by people managing chronic mental illness.

In 2013 the West Moreton Oxley PIR partner group consisted of 12 key partners. The partnership in 2014 has grown to 511 stakeholders who have indicated an interest in PIR, and some are involved in starting conversations and undertaking pieces of work to change the current mental health system in the region. PIR work focuses on strengthening breaks in the chain experienced by people setting out on their recovery journey. Social and emotional wellbeing and learning how to live well with chronic mental illness have been identified as essential elements for successful recovery.

Ivan Frkovic, Aftercare National Operations Manager said he was delighted to know so many people living with mental illness, health professionals and community leaders took time to participate in the PIR mental health and wellbeing activity. “WMO PIR is about getting people connected and staying connected to the services and supports that will empower them to become assets in their own mental health management. Providing more options and choices for people to access low cost/no cost social and recreational avenues, and therapeutic treatment and supports along the road to recovery will complement existing mental health service infrastructure and reduce the demand on services. Building a sense of wellbeing and connectedness through social and emotional wellbeing are key pillars in achieving this and beginning the process of unlocking an individual’s potential”.

On 5 December 2014, PIR are hosting the WMO Regional Client and Carer Summit at the Ipswich Metro International Hotel in South Street. PIR invite carers and consumers who live with mental illness to join the partnership by attending the event and sharing stories and information which will lead and shape action for reform. To reserve your place at the Client and Carer Summit please contact:

Phone:1800 PIR4ME (1800 747 463)
Email: wmopir4me@aftercare.com.au
Internet: www.wmopir4me.aftercare.com.au

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