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.
How can our service become involved?
Partners In Recovery works community organisations and services providers in the following ways:
- Strengthen referral pathways between services and supports
- Assist PIR clients to meet their needs and goals
- Promote the community based recovery model
- Identify and respond to gaps in service provision
- Provide advice and support regarding services available in your region
Community organisations and service providers can also become involved in the PIR program through the PIR Networking Group in your local region.
What is the PIR Networking Group?
The PIR Networking Group is an opportunity for organisations and individuals who have contact with clients with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs, their carers and families to come together and:
- Network with other services and supports
- Maintain and establish referral pathways between services
- Assist PIR to identify the needs of the community and gaps in service provision
- Be part of exciting opportunities to collaborate on new projects to address gaps in service provision
Tell us what you think
As stakeholders we are interested in your feedback when you use our service. Please print the feedback form from the link below and return to:
Allied Health Service
360 Health + Community
PO Box 111
GERALDTON, WA 6531
Rural Link 1800 552 002
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Life Line 131114