Parenting can be a tough role.
If you’re a parent who experiences mental health challenges, it’s natural you might doubt your capacity to manage and lead your family while also managing your mental health. It’s OK to acknowledge you need extra support.
We offer practical and moral support through experienced peer workers who are parents themselves. They apply their lived experiences to develop respectful, trusting relationships with you and provide you the information, education and support to help you manage and lead your family.
We understand that recovery is different for each person. Our strengths-based approach is to support and walk alongside you, with you and your needs our primary focus. This means we’re committed to helping you identify your concerns, issues and goals, and to help you move forward.
We work with you by providing practical support to help with coping strategies, setting small manageable goals to help you build confidence, self-esteem and resilience, and manage routines in the home and family structure.
It’s also important that we support you in an environment where you’re comfortable. You choose the location, every time.
Some of the Ways We Can Help You
With a peer worker walking alongside you in your recovery, you can achieve the following:
- Self-care strategies
- Stress/anxiety reduction techniques
- Relaxation techniques and activities
- Improvement with daily living skills
- Community and social engagement
- Improved communication with family and others
- Improvement to health and fitness
- Family routines
- Home organising
- Attending Parenting groups/education/workshops
- Parenting strategies
Our Parent Peer Support Program is the first of its kind across Australia. Our experienced peer workers are here for you, and we pride ourselves on being able to adopt a whole-family approach. This means you’re supported in a way that aligns uniquely with you and your family.
We strive to provide a service that meets yours and your family’s needs, with value and respect. You can look forward to engaging with workers who have experience, knowledge and understanding. We also offer parent peer support workers with a lived experience.
MIFWA acknowledges the critical role of COMIC WA and particularly its convener, Margaret Cook for her vision, passion and insight that led to the development of the Parent Peer Support Program.
Parent Peer Support Program Referral Form
Complete the Parent Peer Support Program Referral Form and one of our team members will contact you to discuss your application.