Mind delivers services informed by evidence and consistent with a social model of health
What does Mind Australia do?
There are four main aspects to our work.
1. We provide services to people seeking support for their mental health
Mind works with people aged 16 years and over whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live in the community is impacted by mental health issues. We work with people who seek our support to set goals, and develop the knowledge and skills to achieve them. Our focus is on an individual's strengths, values and support preferences rather than their illness.
We support you to define your strengths and improve your:
- daily living skills
- capacity for mental health self-care and self management
- physical health
- social and relationship skills
- housing, education and employment.
People who use our services come from many cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and are of all ages.
We also aim to strengthen and empower families and carers of people with mental ill-health, and we have specific services for families and carers.
For more detailed information about our services, click here.
2. We educate people about mental health and recovery
We provide training for peer workers and other mental health professionals, and people in various occupations and industries to increase their knowledge and skills in recovery-oriented practice. We also provide information for consumers, families and carers.
In this aspect of our work, we support national and international partnerships and networks, ranging from organisations that represent the interest of people with mental health issues through to universities.
3. We undertake research
Research and evaluation are vital aspects of the work undertaken by Mind. We believe that an active program of research and evaluation activities is important to improving the quality and effectiveness of our services. Our Research Reference Group has representation from consumers, families and carers, and experts on mental health. We are building research partnerships with other researchers and agencies.
For more information about Mind's research activities click here.
4. Our systemic advocacy and community development work
Mind works independently and in collaboration with other organisations to challenge stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health issues which impedes their ability to live a rich and meaningful life. We promote social inclusion and support for recovery as a fundamental human right. We do this through activities at a social and community level together with submissions to the government and other institutions.