Connections

Peer-workers draw on their experiences to support you in recovery

Improve your wellbeing and begin a pathway to recovery

Connections supports Tasmanians with serious, ongoing mental health issues to maintain and improve your wellbeing, and work towards achieving your goals.

Goals can be about anything that is important to you, and that help you stay well and live well in the community. For example, finding and keeping a home, building social networks, employment, managing money, staying fit and healthy, or finding better ways to get through the day. One of our Connections team supports you to set your goals and helps you to identify the tools needed to reach them.

This long-term program can also link you with a peer-worker who has experience with mental health issues. Your peer worker can share with you their journey to recovery and their experience with the mental health system.

Plus – peer-workers can share their tools and coping strategies to support you to:

  • learn about recovery and find creative ways to manage difficulties.
  • build confidence and skills to advocate for your needs.
  • plan what you do to stay safe when accessing services.
  • learn ways to navigate the mental health system.
  • manage the ‘labels’ your friends, family and community may have given you.
  • deal with feelings of grief, loss or shame.

More information

Who is this program for?

Connections is only open to people living with serious, ongoing mental health issues who were working with Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMs); Partners in Recovery (PIR) and Day-To-Day Living Program (D2DL) on 30 June 2019, and are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The program is available state-wide across Tasmania.

Do you offer support to family and friends?

As part of all Mindset Tasmania programs (including Connections), we reach out to the family and friends of the people we support. Our Family and Friends Peer Worker has their own lived experience of caring for a loved one with mental health issues. They offer understanding about the challenges faced, and can help family and friends access needed supports and resources.

Information about support for family and friends

Supported by Primary Health Tasmania under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.

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