We offer a range of services for individuals which aim to promote recovery and facilitate wellness for a diverse range of individuals living with mental illness or going through mental distress.

The individually based programs support individuals and families through the provision of one to one support in the community, case coordination or bereavement support.

Therapeutic group activities are also run from the MHACA site and in the community and generally these are focused on educational pursuits, personal development, living skills, artistic expression and opportunities for recreation and outings.

The drop-in space at MHACA gives participants the opportunity to engage with others; breaking down social isolation and encouraging community integration.

What is recovery?

Recovery is a fundamental principle underpinning all of MHACA’s programs and services. Participants and staff of MHACA are currently working together toward a shared view of recovery which will further inform our work.

Patricia Deegan reflecting on her own recovery states:

“…recovery does not mean cure. Rather recovery is an attitude, a stance, and a way of approaching the day’s challenges. It is not a perfectly linear journey. There are times of rapid gains and disappointing relapses. There are times of just living, just staying quiet, resting and regrouping. Each person’s journey of recovery is unique.”

in Recovery, A journey of the Heart 1996, in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 19, No 3

The links below provide an overview of the principles and practice of recovery which underpin our work.

National framework for recovery oriented practice
A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services by the Australian Government