What is Mental Health?

PIR focuses on people who have a severe and persistent mental illness with complex support needs that require a response from multiple agencies. These individuals have persistent symptoms, significant functional impairment and psychosocial disability, and may have become disconnected from social or family support networks. This can lead to extensive reliance on multiple health and community services for assistance to maintain their lives within the community-based settings and outside of institutional care. They may have comorbid substance use or physical health issues or both, are likely to experience difficulties maintaining stable accommodation, and experience difficulties in completing basic activities of daily living. These individuals are reported to often fall through the system gaps and require more intensive support to effectively address the complexity of their needs.


What is the Recovery Model?

Community based recovery is an approach in which services work alongside the individual to understand what recovery means to the person and create a recovery plan that is unique to them and looks holistically at their needs. This approach invites collaboration from all services working with the individual as well as family and carers. Taking this approach to recovery means that recovery may take many forms; it may mean the complete remission of symptoms, return to employment, participation in further education, securing long-term housing, participation in sport and recreational activities or re-engaging with family and friends. The community based recovery model is also strengths-based and it seeks to empower the person with mental illness to take control of their recovery and make decisions about the direction of their life.


What is Partners In Recovery (PIR)?

The aim of the Goldfields Midwest Partners In Recovery program is to:

  • Assist people with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex needs.
  • Assist the coordination and delivery of the programs to better meet the persons needs.
  • Promote a community based recovery model to empower the person to take charge of their own recovery journey.

What does a Support Facilitator do?

  • Assist to link and coordinate the services and supports involved in your mental health care.
  • Assist you to track how you are going and set goals for your recovery.


How will a Support Facilitator help me?

  • By working with you to determine what services and supports could be involved in your care.
  • Assisting you to reconnect with services that you may have lost contact with.
  • Assist you to access services including:
    • Community services
    • Sporting groups/programs
    • Housing
    • Employment services
    • Case management
    • Counselling
    • Medical/psychological reviews
How can this work for me?
  • Support Facilitators can advocate on your behalf.
  • Support Facilitators can help bring together services and supports to understand your needs and work towards your recovery goals.
  • Support Facilitators can help make linkages between the services involved in addressing your needs and strengthen communication between services.


How can I get my family member involved?

Contact your local Support Facilitator to discuss your family members needs. A formal referral to the program is not required and the Support Facilitator can discuss with you how best to become involved.


What is the Partners In Recovery Social Group?

The Partners In Recovery Social Group is for anyone who has mental health issues and is wanting to join a social group but has found it hard to. Depending on your location there will be a group running at different times of the year. The group provides a supportive atmosphere where people can take part in a new activity they have not tried before, socialise with others if they want to and overall it’s something fun to look forward to each week. Partners In Recovery Social Groups can be accessed in the various regions. Please see the information below for the Partners In Recovery Social Group in your area.

Social Group Calendar Jul-Sep 2016


Tell us what you think

We are interested in Feed back from clients and carers who use our services. Please print our feedback form from the link below and post to: Allied Health Service 360 Health + Community PO Box 111 GERALDTON, WA 6531

PIR Carer Feedback Form

PIR Client Feedback Form


Helpline Numbers

Rural Link 1800 552 002 Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 Life Line 131114

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