Inclusion WA and Richmond Fellowship WA Finalist in the 2014 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards

Inclusion WA and Richmond Fellowship WA Finalist in the 2014 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards

Inclusion WA and Richmond Fellowship are thrilled to be announced as a finalist in the 2014 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards.

The two organisations, which partnered in May 2012, have been named as a finalist in the Mental Health Advisory Council Award for improved mental health outcomes delivered in partnership.

Kris Poole, Manager of Inclusion WA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Services said working in partnership with Richmond Fellowship WA has been very rewarding.

“Its great for this partnership to be recognised in the awards. By combining our skill sets, Inclusion WA’s work in physical activity and inclusion, and Richmond Fellowship WA’s expertise in individual recovery, we have seen some great outcomes for the individual participants in the Program.” Ms Poole said.

“We strongly believe that by working in partnership, so much more can be achieved than when individuals or organisations work in isolation." 

The two organisations partnered  to address the ongoing importance of physical activity and community inclusion to the recovery journey. Although it has been widely recognised that being physically active, and being included in ones community in a meaningful way, both result in improved mental health outcomes, individuals who have a lived experience of mental illness are less active, and less included in their community.

 To address this issue, Inclusion WA recognised the importance of partnering with an existing recovery focused service, to pair their expertise in recovery, with Inclusion WA’s expertise of working with individuals and communities to increase participation in physical activity, and to support inclusive communities.

The Awards aim to showcase the significant achievements of the mental health sector in Western Australia and acknowledge the high standard and ongoing commitment demonstrated by individuals and organisations involved in innovative and effective programs, services and partnerships.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 7 October 2013 from 2.00pm – 4.30pm at the University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Drive, Crawley.

 

Photo credit: Mental Health Awards 2013 - Photo by Jarrad Seng

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