The Charter of Peer Support and the Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (CEPS) website – www.peersupportvic.org – were launched in June 2011.
Charter of Peer Support Developed by men and women and their family members who have lived through a range of mental health issues, the Charter aims to ensure that peer support services are available to consumers and carers when and where we need them. It articulates the value of peer support to mental health and total wellbeing:
“It is in the sharing of our wisdom and lived experience we continue to demonstrate that through adversity there is hope. That as we accept our vulnerabilities, our disabilities and our life circumstance we can discover and uncover our resilience and path forward” (Charter foreword, Dr Rhonda Galbally, AO).
As a collective advocacy tool, the Charter has been endorsed by more than ten organisations, and is currently also being used to aid the development of similar documents internationally. It is the first time a document truly reflects how people value peer support services in the continuum of care to recovery and well being.
Click here to download the charter.
The Centre for Excellence Peer Support is a collaborative project, established by seven state-wide specialist organisations that have more than 220 years of experience in provision of peer support.
CEPS aims to encourage and engage organisations to share their knowledge and build capacity in the area of peer support. It brings together in one centre:
Up to date evidence based research and resources
The Charter and website were developed in partnership by the Mutual Support and Self-Help Network:
If you would like a hard copy of the Charter mailed to you and for any further information, please contact CEPS:
1300 237 199
Supporting and developing the consumer and carer identified workforce
A strategic approach to recovery MHCAA - A Position Statement by the National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum September 2010
The National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum (NMHCCF) has a vision of mental health services that assist mental health consumers and carers to identify their own needs and work with them in an equal partnership towards recovery. They will be able to do this because mental health consumer and carer identified workers will be working as part of crisis assessment and reatment teams, inpatient units, mobile support and treatment teams, home based outreach services, supporting mental health consumers and carers and other service providers in the broader community and assisting the broader community to better meet the needs of mental health consumers and carers. Read more (PDF)