Ian's journey

After a stay in hospital, 22-year-old Ian was referred to Wimmera UnitingCare for help managing his diagnosed schizophrenia while he adjusted to new medication.  In his initial assessment meeting with the Intake Team, it was identified that Ian had lost touch with most of his immediate family and was struggling to manage on a day-to-day basis.

He had trouble holding down regular work and needed some help with some simple tasks around the house.

Ian was allocated key worker Claire, who specialises in Mental Health Support.  Claire and Ian sat down together, worked through the Recovery Star and discussed the areas in his life where he felt he needed some help.

After setting some achievable goals and developing a plan, Claire helped Ian work on his wellbeing,  living skills, relationships and social networks as a priority. Ian was able to take advantage of numerous Wimmera UnitingCare programs including:

  • Mental Health Community Support Services for individual and group respite
  • Personal Helpers and Mentors Service for one-on-one support
  • Aiming for Independence for improving his education and employability skills
  • Mental Health Peer Support for linking in with others who are also on a recovery journey.

After six months of working with Claire, Ian had graduated from the Aiming for Independence program, had adjusted to his new medication and had achieved his other goals. He had strategies in place for managing his mental illness and day-to-day life, and was able to continue his journey without Claire’s help.