A word from our patron, Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC
As a result of my service as a judge and my time as a Patron of HelpingMinds I have gained some appreciation of the effects of mental illness and substance abuse. Those effects on the individual concerned, their families and communities are profound, and often leave people feeling lonely, unsupported and isolated. The breadth of the range of mental conditions and personal circumstances must be matched by a broad range of therapeutic opportunities, if we are to effectively address this important issue.
In many other parts of the world Recovery Colleges have been embraced by individuals, communities and governments, not just because they meet efficient public expenditure criteria, but because they provide a positive and individualised opportunity for students to undertake courses of their choice in conjunction with the programmes which will assist their recovery. Recovery College WA aims to provide these opportunities to all Western Australians, wherever they might live in this vast State, utilising an innovative model which centres upon building the capacity of those with lived experience of mental distress, so that they may co-produce courses with those with learned expertise which will meet the needs of the individual and the community.
The model has been very well received in Esperance, where tutors are co-delivering courses in partnership with the Bay of Isles Community Outreach and Hope Community Services. There are plans to expand upon this work by delivering more courses in 2019.
I am very pleased to offer my support and assistance to the Board of Recovery College WA in their endeavours to make these important opportunities available to Western Australians.
Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC