Peer support for HeadtoHelp hubs
July 2021 to December 2021
Peer workers are an important part of the multidisciplinary teams at our HeadtoHelp mental health hubs. They help provide and advocate for person-centred mental health care.
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is collaborating with the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) to establish a peer workforce in the three HeadtoHelp hubs in our region.
Peer support for HeadtoHelp hubs will:
- allow HeadtoHelp clients to access to a peer worker who has lived experience of mental health challenges
- assist in linking clients to a wider group of peers through VMIAC’s CHECK-IN program
- provide training and support for HeadtoHelp hub staff, to help them further work in a way that holds the client’s perspective at the centre of decision making.
The intended outcomes of this program are:
- HeadtoHelp clients receive strengths-based, recovery-oriented support from a peer worker, which complements the clinical support already available at HeadtoHelp Hubs
- HeadtoHelp hubs build capacity to integrate a peer workforce into service delivery
- HeadtoHelp clinicians understand the value and role of a peer workforce.