The Personal Helpers and Mentors supports people whose lives are severely affected by a severe mental illness.
Is your life affected by mental illness?
Personal Helpers and Mentors support people whose lives are severely affected by a mental illness.
- Would you like someone in your life to support you?
- How can a Personal Helper and Mentor support you?
- Am I eligible?
- What do I have to do to join?
- Personal Helpers and Mentors Brochure in other languages
- improve or get your relationships with family and friends back on track;
- become involved in social or community activities or groups;
- cope better with everyday tasks like getting to places on public transport, housekeeping, and budgeting;
- access community services like health, housing or family support;
- improve or develop your personal skills and confidence;
- set and achieve goals to improve your life.
Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) is recovery focussed – we believe that people can recover from mental illness and lead satisfying and rewarding lives. If you join PHaMs, you will work with your own Personal Helper and Mentor who will support you on your personal recovery journey.
Personal Helpers and Mentors understand mental health issues (some have lived with mental illness themselves). They will:
- value you as a unique person;
- be understanding and treat you with respect and dignity;
- take the time to get to know you and understand your individual needs;
- talk to you about your preferences and choices;
- help you to work out what you would like to achieve; and
- use their knowledge of local services and opportunities to support you in achieving your goals.
You can meet your Personal Helpers and Mentors in a place where you both feel comfortable and safe and will work to achieve your goals at your own pace.
If you are 16 years or over you may be eligible for Personal Helpers and Mentors. You do not need to have been formally diagnosed with a mental illness to join PHaMs. You will be asked some questions about how your life is affected by mental illness to work out if you are eligible.
Just contact your local Personal Helpers and Mentors service provider. You can bring along a family member, carer or friend if you choose.
The Personal Helpers and Mentors Brochure is available in the following languages:
- English - PDF [291kB]
- Arabic - PDF [186kB]
- Chinese Simplified - PDF [ 174kB]
- Croatian - PDF [ 184kB]
- Farsi - PDF [ 182kB]
- Greek - PDF [160kB]
- Indonesian - PDF [100kB]
- Italian - PDF [100 kB]
- Korean - PDF [308kB]
- Maltese - PDF [160 kB]
- Serbian - PDF [160 kB]
- Spanish - PDF [100 kB]
- Turkish - PDF [180kB]
- Vietnamese - PDF [160kB]