Mental health call
TWEED families and carers are invited to provide input on early psychosis best practice guidelines to be used in their area.
The Northern NSW Local Health District Mental Health Service is working with the NSW Carer Ambassador of the Year Jann O'Connor in trialling a new way of getting input from the community.
Community participation manager Murray Spriggs said the NNSW LHD was interested in getting a broad range of views on the policies and procedures.
"Whilst we are guided by legislation, NSW health policy and best practice guidelines, we also know that people who have direct experience with our health services will have ideas and perspectives that will help us do our jobs better," Mr Spriggs said.
Ms O'Connor has been caring for her son, who has a mental illness, for 30 years and has been actively contributing her views and ideas to improve services.
"I'm excited by the possibility of mental health carers and consumers having the opportunity to give direct input into these documents," Ms O'Connor said.
Mr Spriggs said public assistance was being sought on the paper on Early Psychosis, How Local Mental Health Services Can Provide Effective Mental Health Services To Consumers.
"People interested in finding out more about this process are invited to contribute.
"We particularly hope to hear from mental health consumers and carers, and also other people who have close experience in this area," Mr Spriggs said.