You get more than learning at our Wellways Peer Education programs. You will find mutual support, new perspectives, information and a deeper understanding of mental illness and its impact.

Peer education programs provide an opportunity for families, friends and carers of people with mental illness to learn about mental health and recovery.

The programs are held in a group setting and led by people who have a lived experience of being in a caring role. This lived experience of both the peer leader and participants is central to group and individual learning.

Our peer education programs are based on the most up-to-date research on mental illness, treatment, recovery and support options. You will learn skills and strategies designed to improve social and emotional wellbeing.

Wellways peer education programs are evidence-based, with each program having been evaluated in partnership with leading Australian universities, including La Trobe and Swinburne, and have proven to enable substantial outcomes for participants, including stigma reduction, an increased sense of belonging, improved health and an increased sense of empowerment.

Wellways for Family Friends & Carers – Building a Future

A peer education programs are led by peers. People who have their own experience of mental health and recovery.

Full Length Program – This is is an eight-session program. Each session is three hours long and normally held weekly.

Snapshot Program –  This a two-session program. Each session is three hours long. This program provides family members and friends with essential information and support.

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Wellways – My Recovery

A peer led workshop for people with mental illness. By the end of this program we hope you will feel motivated to take positive steps towards healing and welling, and be more confident to get involved in your community.

Full Length Program – This is a 10-session program. Each session is three hours long and normally held weekly.

Snapshot Program – Two-day workshop or six x 1-2 hour workshops. Provides participants with introductory knowledge and skills, a chance to connect with other and options for further education

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Wellways to Work

A peer led workshop for people with mental illness wanting to get back to work.

Full Length Program – Wellways to Work consists of 6-weekly sessions. Each session runs for three hours and involves informal but structured learning, group discussions, videos, practical demonstrations and problem solving.

The program design was based on international best practice and research about mental health, recovery and employment.

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