The final Recovery Action Forum for now had a special focus on young people… and some very colourful furniture!
The 2017 Youth Recovery forum program was developed in consultation with young people to ensure the information and activities were relevant for a young audience.
Through the various activities of the day a number of young people found an opportunity to share their experience of mental health issues (and wellbeing!) with others.
It was was held at Figtree Conference Centre, Sydney Olympic Park on 3 July, facilitated by Peter Farrugia and including speakers such as Christine Miniawy (Manager, workplace peer support projects), Mark Orr (Chief Information Officer) and Annie Sykes (Senior Independent Advocate).
There were 24 participants representing 8 different services, including Broken Hill, Bankstown, Emu Heights, Newcastle, Kogarah, Penrith, Blacktown and Surry Hills, with ages ranging from 14 to 24 years.
Topics covered included diversity, recovery, advocacy, Flourish Australia’s recovery radio idea and peer work.
In the morning Grant Everett told the gathering his own recovery story, moving step by step from hospital and supported employment into to open employment. Then moving from the hospital into a private flat and eventually getting married!
In the afternoon, Grant spoke about the idea of Flourish Australia radio which was met with enthusiasm and even some offers to volunteer on the project.
Warren Heggarty asked the forum how Panorama and Panorama online could better serve the young people in its readership. There was some great feedback.
Some of the participants mentioned that it was a great opportunity to network and that they would love to see it happen again next year!