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There are particular dates that we recall in our lives, both in our personal lives but also in our work lives. For One Door, 30 June 2019 will be a date where we will remember the end of three great psychosocial programs – Day to Day Living (D2DL), Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHAMS), and Partners in Recovery (PIR).
These programs have long provided necessary support services to those living with a mental illness. Not only has One Door been a provider of these services, but our peer organisations across NSW and Australia have also delivered these important programs. They have been successful programs and I hear again and again from consumers the impact that staff from these programs have had in their journey of recovery. I would like to thank the One Door staff who have worked in these programs for their commitment to the consumers and carers and to our organisation.
One Door has been the lead agent for Partners In Recovery in South Western Sydney. As part of the work that was achieved over the many years for this program, the No Wrong Door initiative was set up aimed to bring together a diverse range of government, non-government and community managed organisations, to achieve the mutual aim of reducing barriers and enhancing support for people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs, their carers and families across South Western Sydney.
It was a great initiative that also developed the Mental Health Charter to support those with a lived experience of mental illness. The commitments that One Door and other peer organisations made in this charter is still true today and I encourage us all to hold true to them:
- We Acknowledge that people with mental illness are entitled to human rights that inform all service delivery, particularly that these consumers
- We Acknowledge the barriers to social and service inclusion for people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs and that they will require extra resources and skills to ensure they do not fall through the gaps
- We will continue to Use Recovery Oriented Practices,
- We will continue to bring and work towards an integrated and coordinated service system for people’s mental health and recovery.
Kathi Boorman | CEO
Kathi Boorman - CEO, One Door Mental Health