Mental Health Recovery: Get Back To The Life You Want
by Kat Rowe | June 9, 2023
Mental health and the road to recovery looks and feels different for everyone. It’s a lifelong commitment that ebbs and flows depending on the seasons of life.
At Stride, we have recovery-oriented approaches and practices that inform everything we do. We understand that everyone’s journey to recovery is unique, so our team works with each individual to ensure their needs and goals are met.
No matter where you are on your road to recovery, we’re here to support you. From early intervention to our non-clinical services and official NDIS supports, there is a way forward that’s paced to suit your unique circumstances.
The best time to start your recovery is now
From the earliest symptoms of mental and emotional distress, there is help available.
Early intervention prevents or reduces the progress of symptoms of mental health concerns and aims to lay a solid foundation for your future mental and physical health, community participation and socio-economic outcomes.
This is particularly relevant for children and young people experiencing mental health concerns. Around 75% of mental health conditions in adulthood emerge by age 25. Accessing the right support at the right time can make a profound impact on how young people develop throughout their lives.
Stride Take 2
An example of early intervention in action is our Take 2 program for struggling kids, teenagers and their support network.
For young people who are at risk of experiencing mental health issues, we offer long and short-term options. This includes intensive and practical support through goal setting, mentoring, community outreach, home visits and group-based activities.
Surround yourself with supportive people
The people you choose to spend time with have a big influence on your moods, how you view the world and the expectations you have of yourself.
Carer and support network
By surrounding yourself with people who support and inspire you as well as challenge you can help set in motion positive and long lasting change. We call these kinds of people your support network and include your family, friends, carers and mental health support workers.
Peer Support Workers
At Stride we offer a range of services, like our Safe Havens or Safe Spaces that employ a non-clinical team of peer workers, often with lived experience of seeking support for their own mental health.
Peer support workers undertake unique training in how to use their own experience of mental health recovery to support and encourage others, which makes them highly valuable to those accessing our services.
When coordinated care is needed, Stride Hubs are the perfect place to turn to. With a combination of clinical and non-clinical services available, a holistic approach can be exactly what you need to lead a functional and fulfilling life.
Stride Hubs provide holistic short-term support to help people avoid unnecessary admission to hospital or contact with emergency services.
If hospital is necessary, the Step Up Step Down program provides residential support either before a hospital admission (Step Up) for mental health concerns or after hospital admission (Step Down).
NDIS and community support can pave the way forward
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can help fund the mental health support you need. To receive NDIS funding you need to obtain a diagnosis of a psychological disability, meaning you need regular and ongoing support as a result of your mental health condition.
NDIS funding can help you access supports that help you with daily activities, take part in the community and rebuild skills and confidence. These kinds of supports can include:
- Supported Independent Living (SILs)
SILs are a residential and mental health housing service where adults with diagnosed mental health condition can turn to for a safe and supportive place to live
Therapeutic Support Clinicians are guided by a trauma-informed framework to help you learn techniques to manage your emotions, develop your social and interpersonal skills and learn healthy coping strategies.
Recovery coaches are specially trained to guide you through your recovery journey and help you enact positive change. They work collaboratively with you and your support network to find and engage NDIS services that foster growth, resilience and informed decision-making.
Services like Stride’s Hubs, Safe Havens and Safe Spaces are all included as ‘non-NDIS supports’ as they do not require you to have a diagnosed mental health condition to access it.
In addition, public health services provided by hospitals, for example, are covered under Medicare.
Your next steps to living the life you want
There are multiple options and pathways for you to get back to living the life you envisioned for yourself.
The road to mental health recovery can be complicated, but having the right people and resources guiding you can certainly make it easier.
Explore our website for more information about our services and how they can help you, and your support network, have a better today and tomorrow.