That ALL young people deserve a community of acceptance and support.
To provide a safe place and community of acceptance for ALL young people regardless of differences.
To provide a dynamic and diverse range of programs that will enable young people with a mental illness to return to the education system and be productive and actively engaged.
To provide programs that develop the tools necessary to live a mentally healthy life and to reduce the impact of negative events.
To re-engage disillusioned young people by developing and rejuvenating their enthusiasm for life.
To actively engage parents/carers in the Centre to incorporate a more integrated vision of supported care that will encourage better outcomes.
THERE IS MORE TO WELLNESS THAN MEDICATION AND THERAPY ALONE.
Young people who have been released from a treatment facility, but are unable to attend school
5 days a week straight away.
Young people who do not attend school on a regular basis due to mental health issues.
Young people who self harm on a continuous basis.
CRITERIA FOR ENTRY-
Must already have a diagnosed mental illness by a GP or Psychologist.
Must be unable to attend school 5 days and be constructive.
Must agree to parents/carers involvement. No breaking of confidentiality but to allow a continuum of care in more than one environment.
PURPOSE OF CENTER-
This is a transition center. This is a place where we aim to provide the tools and resources needed to help the young person better manage their issues on a daily basis, and to transition them back into school 5 days a week where they are able to function successfully. It may be that they attend school 1-2 days and would attend our center the other 3. The goal is to provide further treatments than simply medication. We aim to encourage management of their illness so this does not just become another cycle.
We also aim to help the young person find their passion again. Depression/anxiety/mental illness robs people of their spark. Often they forget their purpose and lose their way. Part of a successful rehabilitation is rediscovering the joy of living and simply wanting to be here again.
One afternoon per week the center will become a drop in center for young LGBTI. There will always be a worker with lived experience for anyone to call in and speak with. A safe place to provide support and find awareness and resources, and also a community of likeminded young people that will become a support network for each other.
We will also hold support group meetings for parents/carers of young people within the community who have a mental health issue. These groups will have professional guest speakers on occasion. It is extremely important that parents are given the proper tools to help their child manage their illness, and to help aid in a successful recovery by implementing ideas in the home environment as well.
REASONS/NEEDS FOR THE CENTER-
1. Currently we have no active services that help aid mental health recovery through external programs within our community. Given Kempsey’s extremely high self harm rates, and health service professionals rating mental health as their primary cause for concern in this area, something needs to be implemented not only to address these immediate issues, but also the ripple effect this has on the community. Untreated mental health continues to place more of a burden on our services and ultimately costs more in the long run. The earlier we are able to implement successful programs in managing these lifelong issues, the less financial impact it will have at a later date. Research shows that we now need to address mental health as early as possible to limit the advance of these illnesses and to have a more successful outcome.
We currently have no safe place for our LGBTI youth to go to for advice and support. Given that suicide rates are higher for these young people, and rural areas add to this as well as being Indigenous, this is something that needs to be addressed and a priority given to provide a place these young people can access help.
To provide a cohesive program to help our young people recover and live a mentally healthy life, there needs to be active participation of the family unit. Parents/carers need to know how best they can support their child to help achieve the best possible outcome for them but also the community. And currently there are no such support networks available in our community.
PROGRAMS/SERVICES OF THE CENTER-
Our goal is to have 2 psychologists, one male one female,to conduct regular group therapy sessions. We are currently looking at ACT as the preferred therapy.
Laughter yoga sessions will be implemented. These have some amazing statistics in looking at therapy in a different way.
Art therapy sessions will be weekly. Art therapy is proving to be a great benefit in recognizing where issues may be and targeting those to help facilitate traditional therapy methods.
We will also incorporate sessions of rediscovering our community. These are excursions outside the center. They will include such things as canoeing down the river, bushwalking, beach yoga and general outdoor activities. The aim of this is to rediscover the beauty that life can hold and to find pleasure in our surroundings. To find that “will to live” again that gets lost with mental illness.
LGBTI programs. These may include guest speakers on a wide range of issues that LGBTI young people face.
Parent/Carer programs. Guest speakers in differing therapies and how best to provide support within the home and family environment.
We may start at 3 days a week, but our goal will be to have a 5 day weekly program.
This will also start to include other activities such as graffiti art and breakdancing. We already have a world renowned artist hoping to work with our young people. Also other activities that may be asked for.
Incorporate a PT to encourage fitness and working as a team. Exercise plays a large role in keeping healthy and overcoming mental health issues.
Incorporating cooking lunches regularly as part of encouraging healthy choices. Healthy eating is starting to be seen as playing an even larger role in good mental health than originally believed.
As so many young people are turned away from the hospital ED for numerous reasons, we aim to have available 4 beds each night to accommodate those young people and provide somewhere safe for the night.
We would like our Center to become a hub for youth mental health within our community. That we be aware of all things available to our young people and are able to encourage and direct them to the services they need.
IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE IN A POSITION TO HELP US GET THIS AMAZING CENTRE UP AND RUNNING, EITHER THROUGH YOUR VALUABLE TIME OR YOUR FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP, PLEASE CONTACT US.
THIS IS VERY MUCH A FIRST DRAFT OF OUR PROPOSAL AND WILL BE REFINED AS WE GET CLOSER TO OPENING. WE ARE STRIVING FOR EARLY 2018 TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL.