A GROUP of Northern Rivers' Community Services students, all of whom have a lived experience with mental health issues, are launching the 'Ulysses' project in Lismore on May 31 and in Tweed on June 6.
It's an exciting new online resource for people affected by mental illness, either directly or indirectly, including family, friends, carers, and community service providers. Media, Community Services, and Government agencies are invited and encouraged to attend what is guaranteed to be a great community event.
The online resource provides information on a range of subjects and topics related to the vast range of mental health issues affecting people in the community. It's an educational online resource or Magazine nicknamed a "zine", and is the brainchild of students currently studying a Cert IV in Community Services.
To celebrate the project the 'Zine' will be showcased to the public at a launch event in Lismore on Thursday 31st May from 2-4pm at the 'Fountain Room', Lismore City Hall, and in Tweed on Wednesday 6th of June, at Kirra Hill Community Centre. T
The events will be free and there will be live music performed by the 'Hearing Voices Choir' & 'Odysseus', guest speakers and afternoon tea.
'Ulysses' is part of an initiative, called The Lived Experience Project, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the Innovation Fund. The Project is being delivered by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) and ACE Community College in partnership with NSW Department of Education and Communities - State Training Services services, CRS Australia, ONQ Human resources and On Track Community Programs.
The students describe the resource as "the culmination of an exciting new enterprise in education and mental health services". The Lived Experience Project aims to train and empower people who are 'acutely sensitive' to mental health issues, and provide them with the skills to become employed as Peer Workers within mental health organisations throughout the North Coast. The focus is on showing that people with mental health issues can not only make a full recovery but can then use their experiences in order to help others with their journey, become gainfully employed and reduce the burden on an under resourced health system.
For those unable to attend the resource can be found here.