Recovery is an evidence-based approach to mental health practice that places the person with mental health issues at the centre of the practice and as the expert in their own life.
Some of the things said by people with mental health issues, when asked about what constitutes quality in their lives have been:
“To have people that give you respect and dignity, recognize you have a disability, that you are not useless, you can still contribute whatever you can to society…people survive with friends…have a job, have a family or just have a nice place.”
“You need friends to be happy…you need affection, you need to be loved by people, or else you would never get ahead in life. You will always be miserable and unhappy.”
“Every night I get together with friends for about half an hour. It is amazing how much they have helped me, just by having ordinary conversation.”
Our recovery support facilitators assist people to engage or re-engage with their community of choice.
The work of A Place to Belong is about connecting. “It is about the weaving of a social fabric of love and friendliness”. There is no single way to do this; connection can be experienced as connection to the self, to others, to a greater scheme of things, to nature and to place, and each person will find their own way to the connection that they want. For some, however, it is made more difficult by the isolation that can be the result of mental health issues.
A Place to Belong does not have a single formula but a perspective that:
- Uplifts the place of ‘amateurs’ who can play a significant role in people’s lives by ‘being there’;
- uplifts the place of seemingly ‘small’ and ‘insignificant’ processes and events. Having someone know your name or greet you can be very significant if you are feel alone, and
- uplifts the value of people knowing people.
“By greeting others, by including them in our hearts and homes, and by supporting activities that enable people to meet others, we are increasing the possibilities to develop a sense of connectedness” (Neil and Penny Barringham).
Our aim with recovery support is to:
- help with with their day to day living needs
- find entry points to their local community.
- help people to access meaningful learning opportunities
- increase opportunities for people to participate in vocational opportunities
- assist people to gain access to high quality medical care and nutrition
- increase people’s access to safe, secure accommodation
- increase people’s financial security
- increase people’s participation with others
Who uses this service?
Support is given primarily to people with psychiatric disability, but we do support people who experience multiple disabilities, who live within 50km of the Brisbane CBD.