Graduates in mental health peer work celebrate their success

HALE: Peter Baker, Brendan Osborn, Joe Gordon, Germaine Rich, Steve Smith and Scott Kelly with Jen Coleman, Deborah Peters, Lindal Brown, Glenda Paton and Jen Morrison.

HALE: Peter Baker, Brendan Osborn, Joe Gordon, Germaine Rich, Steve Smith and Scott Kelly with Jen Coleman, Deborah Peters, Lindal Brown, Glenda Paton and Jen Morrison.

Hard work and study payed off for 14 people who graduated with their Certificate IV in mental health peer work as part of an initiative designed to support people with mental illness.

Supported by Western NSW Local Health District, Marathon Health, Partners in Recovery Consortium members and the Mental Health Coordinating Council, the peer workers completed 18 months of study.

Their study included working with diverse people and assessing and promoting social, emotional and physical well being. 

Western NSW Local Health District’s Director of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Jason Crisp said peer workers offer a unique service to people with mental illness.

“Peer Workers have lived experiences of mental health issues and recovery and promote wellness by helping and empowering people who experience mental health issues by using their own experience, knowledge and skills to instil hope,” he said.

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