Developing community responses to mental health support

About the Community Responders project

Mental health crisis affects us all. We want to work alongside young people and communities to research, design and learn from community-led approaches to mental health support, that will increase mental wellbeing, and in turn, reduce avoidable hospital admissions.

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) works with communities to develop, test and spread solutions to challenges. We know that the best changes and solutions come from the people who face the very challenges we’re trying to solve: in this instance the people who have experienced mental illness first hand.

We also believe that young people have the right, power, capacity and creativity to play a key role in solving these kinds of challenges. We want to design ways to rigorously support them so that they can take a lead, build skills, and have influence, in making a difference where it matters most to them.

To do this, TACSI will work in two locations to develop a capability building process to support young people to take on roles as Insight Gatherers. An Insight Gatherer leads research within their natural networks, trained and supported by our team, partners, and each other.

Alongside, we will also be forming a Co-design Group (in each location) who will take part in a series of workshops, bringing together diverse people and perspectives in a collaborative process to explore these insights, ideas and opportunities and make decisions around future directions.

Download the Community Responders Plan

Regional Insight Gatherers recruiting now.

Would you like to explore how the people in our communities could be a part of the response to mental health crisis? If so please register your interest to be an Insight Gatherer.

We are looking to recruit six Insight Gatherers by Friday November 29, 2019. These are young people aged 18-24 who:

Are passionate about making a difference in the mental health state of their community
Are keen to speak with people in their community about mental health and how they view the problems and the solutions
Are keen to build new skills in interviewing, gathering key information and understanding mental health
Are keen to work as part of a team and be open to being supported while doing this important work

The work will be conducted from December 2019 to May 2020. It is reasonably flexible so you can continue fulfilling other commitments such as work and study as well. You will also be paid for your time.

If this is something you would like to register for then please complete the survey on the link below before November 22 and we will be in touch.

*Your answers will be used to inform how TACSI supports Insight Gatherers. TACSI will not share your personal details with any other organisations other than those authorised or required by law.

Activities planned (in South Australia)

Activities planned for young people in Adelaide from November 2019 – March 2020

• Hosting co-design group workshops
• Test and refine ideas

Activities planned in the Eyre Peninsula and Mid North November 2019 – May 2020
• Gathering insights in each region
• Working toward future-proofing the Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula model
• Creating and testing alternatives to Emergency Departments for mental health crisis in the Mid North
• Sharing what is learned between the two

Want to get involved? Contact us on the Social Health drop down menu link.