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International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Update

Story posted: July 3rd 2017

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Update

Peer work leaders from Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and colleagues from the USA participated in an International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership match in Brisbane on 27 and 28 February 2017.

The Australian peer work leaders resolved to issue a ‘Statement of Intent’ that would communicate the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)’s intention to form a national professional association for the Australian mental health consumer peer workforce. IIMHL feel that such statement is necessary to provide the focus for national consultations to occur that will lead to the development of a peer-run organisation that can support and sustain the development of the peer workforce across all sectors.

The ‘Statement of Intent’ is supported by the international peer work leaders who attended the match – Gary J Parker, Executive Director, Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health and Sherry Tucker, Executive Director, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. Both Kansas and Georgia offer certified peer specialist training, certification and support.

To view the Statement of Intent in full, please click on the link below:

http://www.iimhl.com/files/docs/IIMHL-Updates/20170618.pdf

IIMHL encourages current or emerging national Peer Support organizations from other IIMHL and non IIMHL countries to contact Tim Heffernan direct (theffernan[at]coordinare.org.au  (theffernan[at]coordinare.org.au)  ) as this might be a great opportunity to build an international partnership.

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