Mental Health Month is a great time to announce that Illawarra Shoalhaven Partners in Recovery (ISPIR), its lead agency - Grand Pacific Health and the Illawarra Forum have released the findings of an Illawarra/ Shoalhaven Service Mapping and Communication Project.
The project, which was conducted by the Illawarra Forum and commissioned by ISPIR, was aimed at finding how people with enduring mental health conditions find and access services in the local area and what the most reliable source of information is in order to direct consumers and carers towards this.
“We started out by surveying a range of consumers both in person and online to discover how they access information and the types of contact details they look for when seeking out a new service,” said Sarah Gadd, Illawarra Forum’s Resource & Development Officer.
“We also engaged with carers and professionals across the sector to learn more.”
“The findings pointed us towards two valuable resources, further investigation lead us to settle on one of these as a preferred source,” added Sarah.
As a result, ISPIR will now be promoting the ‘WayAhead Directory’ - a service directory that can be utilised by consumers and carers when trying to find supports specifically for people with enduring mental health conditions.
“What appealed to us is that this directory is specifically focussed on mental health services, consumers can access telephone numbers as well as online contact details, searches can be based on a geographical region and all of the information is kept up to date, which is really important,” said ISPIR Team Leader Clare Williams.
“We believe this information will be useful for all consumers and carers looking for mental health services, whether they have an NDIS package or not,” added Clare.
A link to the directory is available on the ISPIR website at: http://www.ispir.org.au/ndis/
For media enquiries contact GPH Communications Manager, Jemma Tribe on 44 482 216 or 0413 050 992 or email Jtribe@gph.org.au.
A photo of Jemma Tribe from GPH and Sarah Wilson from Illawarra Forum is attached
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