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Service and infrastructure needs to support recovery programmes for Indigenous community mental health consumers

Sayers, JM, Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, Hunt, GE and Burmeister, OK 2017 , 'Service and infrastructure needs to support recovery programmes for Indigenous community mental health consumers' , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 26 , pp. 142-150 , doi: 10.1111/inm.12287.

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Abstract

Mental health is a major concern in Indigenous communities, as Indigenous peopleexperience poorer health outcomes generally, and poorer social and emotional well-beingthroughout their lives, compared to non-Indigenous populations. Interviews were conducted with20 mental health workers from a housing assistance programme for Indigenous clients with mentalillness. Service and infrastructure needs identified to support clients were classified under thefollowing overarching theme ‘supports along the road to recovery’. Subthemes were: (i) It is OK toseek help; (ii) linking in to the local community; (iii) trusting the workers; and (iv) help with goalsetting and having activities that support their achievement. This paper highlights the importanceof targeted housing and accommodation support programmes for Indigenous people to preventhomelessness, and the essential services and infrastructure required to support Indigenous clients’mental health needs. These insights may inform service review, workforce development, andfurther research.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sayers, JM and Cleary, M and Hunt, GE and Burmeister, OK
Keywords: housing, indigenous, mental health, mental health worker, qualitative.
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1445-8330
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/inm.12287
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Copyright 2016 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

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