Better recovery pathways for young adults with challenging mental illness and addiction

Young Adult

If you are a young adult, aged 18-27 years old, searching for holistic activities and services that are of interest to you please let us know what you are looking for so we can coordinate the best practice providers that meet your needs.

As MindFx is in the early stages of development we do not necessarily need your personal details right now although we definitely want to hear what type of services and activities you are interested in so we can build relevant programs that are of interest to you and your needs.

Note that the name and contact fields are not mandatory.

Information for Clients

Admissions

  • A diagnosed mental illness which has required at least one hospital admission
  • Early or long-term diagnosis; early is received less than 12 months prior, and long-term is over three years prior to entry. Between one and three years since diagnosis is standard.
  • Acute or chronic illness; acute means no more than two hospital admissions in the past 12 months and chronic means more than two hospital admissions per year for the past three or more consecutive years.
  • Comorbidities treated or untreated e. addiction
  • Decision support tools for clinicians, clients, families
  • Contact channels – phone, email, Facebook chat, Messenger, Instagram, DM
  • Peer and volunteer support network, including access to transportation services

Getting Well Coaches

  • The process of acceptance is somewhat of a paradox: it requires acknowledging the illness as part of the self, but not seeing oneself as a sick person and defining the self solely within the boundaries of the illness (Deegan 1988). The process of acceptance is particularly complex for younger people as it may not be clear what a first episode of apparent mental illness means in terms of future mental health.
  • the extent to which you acknowledge and accept the need for medication (if applicable) to help manage your symptoms.
  • the extent to which you have taken personal responsibility for managing your medication and lifestyle.
  • the extent to which you understand that you are more than your diagnosis, despite perceived stigmas.
  • the extent to which you have experienced an alleviation of symptoms overall in the past month.

Sense of Connection and Belonging

  • the extent to which you feel a sense of belonging and social connectedness at MindFx where you can fully be yourself.
  • the extent to which you have experienced an increase in confidence when undertaking social activities/tasks.
  • the extent to which you have experienced an elevation of mood on more days than most in the month, leading to increased feelings of wellbeing on those days.

Dignity and Self-worth

  • the extent to which you feel that you have value and worth as a person in society regardless of your mental health status.
  • the extent to which you feel less shame and guilt in relation to the impact on your carers/family.
  • the extent to which you feel you have better (stronger, more positive, less stressful) relationships with your family/carers and within your social network.

Skills and Confidence

  • the extent to which you feel that you have gained knowledge and skills at MindFx that you can use as a volunteer or in paid work experiences.
  • the extent to which you have experienced a reduction in feelings of fear and despair on most days of the month.
  • the extent to which you have a reduction in paralysing thought patterns which include catastrophising, panic attacks etc.

Let's get you started.