Hand-held approach to regaining mental health | The Northern Daily Leader

Sat Oct 31, 2015

PEOPLE who have traditionally fallen through the cracks of the mental health system are now being guided, hand-in-hand, thanks to an innovative collaboration that’s working its socks off.

About 120 people from various organisations across the New England attended a forum in Armidale this week, with its main topic of discussion revolving around the three-year-old Partners in Recovery (PIR) program.

RichmondPRA New England regional manager Jim Booth said two years into the PIR program, it was time to look at the next step, what had been done successfully, what had worked and how to build on that success for the year ahead.

PIR was designed to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs, as well as their carers and families, by getting multiple sectors, services and supports they may come into contact with (and could benefit from) to work in a more collaborative, co-ordinated and integrated way.

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