How can you help people living with mental health challenges to live more fulfilling lives in the communities of their choice?
Mental Health Coordinating Council have developed a range of learning materials with the ‘Supporting Community Connection’
Community Engagement Education Package (CEEP) Project. These resources are available for community workers and carers to support community connection for people living with mental health challenges outside of a funded NDIS package and crisis mental health services.
These learning materials have been co-designed with people with lived experience of a mental health condition and project partners. For more information on how the learning materials were developed and how best to use them, see our Good Practice Guide and Project Report.
During 2018/2020, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) provided NSW Information, Linkages and Capacity-building (ILC) Jurisdictional Grant funding for MHCC to co-design a Community Engagement Education Package (CEEP). The ‘Supporting Community Connection’ CEEP Project explored and contributed to strengthening community capacity to increase social inclusion of people living with mental health challenges.
ILC projects are about people undertaking activities to achieve community inclusion outcomes for people living with disabilities.
MHCC co-designed the learning materials with:
The ‘Supporting Community Connection’ learning materials and ideas for opportunities to use them are now available at no cost to help supporters better support people living with a mental health condition and, or at risk to develop, a psychosocial disability who are ineligible for, or do not want to have, a funded National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan.
The co-design process focuses on the involvement of people who are ineligible for, or do not want to have, a funded NDIS plan. MHCC held four Co-design Working Groups in each of two learning material trial sites. See below co-design project reports for further information.
Webinar 1 – 29 May 2019: How can Community Workers, volunteers and peers learn to better support people living with mental health conditions to have a good life outside of a funded NDIS package (i.e. to better access mainstream and community services)?
This webinar was hosted in partnership with Being (the NSW consumer peak body) and Mental Health Carers NSW Inc (the NSW carer peak body); our key project partners. We told people about the project. The draft CEEP learning framework arising from initial co-design was discussed and further co-design occurred).
Webinar 2 – 26 February 2020: How do you support people to have a more fulfilling life in the communities of their choice outside of an NDIS funded package?
This webinar told people about the project with a focus on reflection upon the trials of the learning materials in Sydney in October and Dubbo in November 2019, and to continue co-design the learning materials. The Project Manager speaks with a Community Worker, volunteer and peer who attended the trial.
This webinar considered the experiences of learning material trial participants.
Webinar 3 – 10 June 2020: How can you help people living with mental health challenges to live more fulfilling lives in the communities of their choice?
This webinar launched the final learning materials, ‘Good Practice Guide’ and ‘Final Report’, and celebrated the lived experience co-design of the project and its learning opportunities. The learning opportunities are important in the COVID-19 environment where we are expecting an increase in people looking for help that have mental health challenges.
This webinar considered the experiences of co-design participants and encouraged use of the learning materials nationally by people, programs, organisation and communities.
The outcomes that the ‘Supporting Community Connection’ CEEP Project helps to address are that people living with, or at risk to develop, psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition:
MHCC wants to hear your ideas about how Community Workers and others can learn to better support people living with mental health challenges to have a more fulfilling life in the communities of their choice outside of a funded NDIS package.
Email us to provide feedback, ideas and opportunities;
Subject: Supporting Community Connection