To provide Peer led group programs that focus on inclusion and engagement in participation of people who live with mental health challenges, to inspire and promote individual capacity through exposure to a diversity of dedicated group programs.
Groups provide opportunities for people to experience and practice social engagement with others through a common interests or topics. The aim is to provide a safe space to start to decrease social isolation and create meaningful connections to others. The program encompasses a holistic model of mental health recovery by incorporating several key capacity building experiences.
The Discovery Program provides a space for participants to attend group activities where they can practice skills in creating social relationships and context with others.
The groups provide an element of mutuality in the sharing of experiences and opportunities for self-reflection regarding social engagement and the development of trusting relationships. Participants are encouraged to reflect and participate in self- directed choices around the depth of their individual engagement and contribution through the development of skills that promote open and authentic communication, self, and shared responsibility in the group and with each other.
The Discovery Program promotes full citizenship of people living with mental health challenges to participate in activities as any other person would. The program provides a range of groups that are enjoyable, and interest based where participants are encouraged to engage and have input into the design and purpose of the group.
Groups are often held in community spaces where there are opportunities to connect with the wider community in that interest or discover new ones.
The Discovery Program has several psychosocial skill development groups which assist people in discovering new ways of navigating mental health challenges and distress. The development of personal awareness and insight to one’s own personal circumstances is built upon in groups where the sharing of recovery stories and reflections are used in a way that promotes ongoing learning and the building of capacity for people to better manage their own mental health and other aspects of their life that are impacting on this.
Building of Person Resources
Groups allow for participants to share resources that they have found helpful in building their own capacities to promote and lead their personal recoveries. The sharing of such resources allows for participants to try and reflect on personal outcomes.
Development of Confidence
Participants are encouraged to develop their own sense of agency throughout the Discovery Group programs which assists with the development of confidence over time. Safety in the groups is paramount in providing a space where people can experience growth and develop the confidence to step outside of their comfort zones