In defining mental health there is an emphasis on resilience. Resilience refers to the ability to adapt to stress and adversity. In recent years, due to its potential influence on health, wellbeing and quality of life, resilience has become a major focus of interest for researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in the area of mental health and wellbeing*.
enliven acknowledges the potential of working collectively with members, stakeholders and the community to build the resilience of young people as a pathway to promoting mental health and preventing mental illness. An example of this is enliven’s involvement in the BounceBack initiative.
enliven is working closely with EACH (project lead), and The Alfred in the implementation of the BounceBack initiative at headspace Dandenong and Narre Warren. The BounceBack program works with young people who present with chronic, longstanding, or complicated/co-occurring mental health or social health issues and whose preference is to receive support in a youth focussed, multi-model, community driven context alongside traditional centre based mental health work.
enliven’s role is to utilise our existing networks with CALD communities to facilitate the recruitment and continue to support CALD Youth Peer Support workers who are embedded in the BounceBack teams. These roles were developed specifically for young people who have lived experience of mental health problems. Through sharing wisdom from their own experience, the Youth Peer Support Workers:
- inspire hope and motivation in the recovery journey of young people accessing headspace services.
- provide peer support and practical assistance to young people to support them to lead their own unique recover process.
- promote choice, self-determination and opportunities to seek or maintain socially valued roles and connections in their local communities.
- support quality improvement activities within the headspace and Alfred Health teams ensuring that services provided continue to be effective, helpful and continuously improved.
*VicHealth 2015, Interventions to build resilience among young people: a literature review, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne.