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Contact MIFWA


Mental Illness Fellowship of WA

Level 3, 9 The Avenue, Midland WA
P.O. Box 1947, Midland WA 6936
Telephone: (08) 9237 8900  
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


Lorikeet Centre
104 Cambridge Street, West Leederville 6007
P.O. Box 1006,
West Leederville 6901
Telephone: (08) 9237 8951 Facsimile: (08) 9381 9495
Office hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm


Or call 1800 985 944 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays.


For any COMPLAINTS, COMPLIMENTS and SUGGESTIONS please fill out this FORM and email it to

MI Recovery Program




Program Description 

Well Ways MI Recovery is a peer education program for people living with a mental illness. The program offers a peer based approach to the complex issues faced by people living with a mental illness by combining challenges faced through the lived experience with up to date best practice research. The program adopts a holistic approach where a person can acknowledge their whole self rather than living ‘as their illness’. The program focuses on individual strengths in relation to personal goals, well-being and personal change in order for participants to re-discover and start to achieve their hopes and dreams.

Well Ways MI Recovery utilizes peer group work and multimedia to:

  • Deliver up to date information surrounding the complexities of living with a mental illness
  • Help you learn your rights and help with identifying ways to deal with stigma
  • Teach strategies to improve communication and relationships
  • Support to re-discover and start to achieve your goals in a supportive environment


Program style

Discussion, flip charts, power point, multimedia activities, and group exercises ensure that adult learning principles are met. The MI Recovery program acknowledges the complexities that mental illness can contribute to learning abilities and has designed the program accordingly. Students are provided with a Participant Log Book which assists with the learning and reflective process and a Book of Readings which contain fact sheets and various information that support program learnings. The program design supports group learning and value of individual experience.


Program participants  

The program is designed for people living with a mental illness who have a self-identified need to make changes within their own lives and embark on their own recovery journey. Each program consists of 12 participants.


The framework for this program can be based on a concept of recovery, being defined as:

“A deeply personal unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings and goals, skills and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying hopeful and contributing life even with the limitations caused by illness. Recovery involves the development of new purpose in one’s life.”

 - Anthony (1993)


The Program Structure 

Initial contact with an interested participant is designed around establishing rapport and assessing compatibility to Well Ways MI Recovery peer group programs. The introductory session will help participants and facilitators to get to know each other. It also provides more information about the program, and will assist in deciding whether the program matches the participant’s goals and expectations. Participant compatibility is based on ensuring a positive peer group experience, whether or not the program goals and participant goals are compatible and the person’s willingness and ability to participate in a change process.


This total 10 sessions are peer delivered by facilitators who have experienced mental illness and are on the recovery journey themselves. The program content draws on the practical wisdom of people who have a mental illness coupled with up to date research on mental illness and recovery. The delivery of this content through the 10 week program allows space for participants to discover a personal definition of ‘recovery’, and embark on a journey of personal change. As a peer group, participants and facilitators contribute to group dynamics through reflection and sharing of their own life experiences. The Well Ways MI Recovery program adopts a ‘recovery’ focus, with emphasis placed on quality of life and achievement of individual hopes and dreams.


Session Outlines  

The Well Ways MI Recovery program consists of the following ten sessions which go for up to three hours each:


Week 1 – “Mental Illness and Recovery Possibilities 

The aim of week one is to provide a framework for understanding mental illness and recovery.


  • To gain an understanding of the program’s approach
  • Develop group values
  • Facilitate students to get to know each other through introductory exercises
  • Introduce the biopsychosocial model and the concept of recovery
  • Introduce the recovery assessment tool


Week 2 – Recovering a holistic picture of myself

The aim of week two is to consider how having a mental illness changes our perceptions of ourselves, and to explore and recreate a holistic picture of ourselves.


  • Reflect on and review last weeks home activity
  • Develop familiarity within the group
  • Emphasize previous week’s learning through reflective activities and journaling
  • Explore the impacts of mental illness on identity
  • Facilitate activities where students can identify strengths and goals and review their sense of self
  • Explore stigma and strategies to break its ‘frame’
  • Present a home activity to support classroom learning
  • Encourage students to share classroom learning with their support person/witness.


Week 3 – Treating Myself

Doing enjoyable and healthy activities for myself that decrease stress and symptoms. The aim of this session is to explore the benefits of non-pharmaceutical self-treatment and lifestyle activities.


  • To embed previous week’s learning, through reflective activities, home activity feedback and journaling
  • To provide information on the role of personal treatment in managing mental illness, using the biopsychosocial model
  • To learn about personal treatment activities that others have benefited from
  • To identify activities or experiences that cause stress and have in the past ‘triggered’ symptoms or behaviors related to individual’s mental illness diagnosis
  • Develop personal treatment and stress management strategies and include these in daily life


Week 4 – Planning for Recovery  

The aim of week four is to provide a framework that assists with personal recovery planning and reviewing


  • To recap recovery frameworks from previous weeks
  • To become familiar with ‘stages of change’ theory
  • To reflect on and identify personal recovery goals
  • Consideration of internal and external resources to achieve goals


Week 5 – Working with relapse  

The aim of this session is to develop a personal plan for managing the possibility of relapse.


  • To embed previous weeks’ learning, through reflective activities, home activity feedback and journaling
  • To identify early warning signs and find ways to manage these to prevent relapse
  • Undertake a home-based activity that reviews turning points and strengths gained in life
  • Develop a personal plan and strategies for managing the possibility of relapse


Week 6 – Communication Skills and Strategies  

The aim of this session is to learn and practice new communication skills so that these can be used in relationships with professionals, as well as family and friends.


  • To embed previous weeks’ learning, through reflective activities, home activity feedback and journaling
  • To practice and develop improved communication skills, through a group activity
  • To explore ways to create a partnership with health and support professionals
  • To learn communication skills theory and use role play to practice these


Week 7 – Stigma, Discrimination, Rights and Advocacy

The aim of this session is to discuss how advocacy strategies can be incorporated into the recovery model as a means of resisting discrimination and stigma, and to gain a sense of empowerment in regards to future opportunities.


  • To embed previous weeks’ learning, through reflective activities, home activity feedback and journaling
  • To explore the relationship between stigma and discrimination
  • To reflect on the legal frameworks relating to mental illness
  • To provide information about support that’s available for returning to work, study and volunteering
  • To explore issues around disclosure of mental illness in the work, study environment


Week 8 – Taking steps towards having a meaningful occupation

The aim of this session is to inspire participants to explore and pursue meaningful occupations.


  • To review values, passions and abilities
  • Use a sense of self and abilities to get motivated and to set goals
  • Consider barriers that prevent moving forward
  • Learn about the recovery benefits of working, studying or volunteering
  • Learn about supports and resources that can assist in meeting goals
  • Think about the benefits and challenges of disclosing in the workplace


Week 9 – Program Review and Conclusion  

The aim of this session is to review our recovery aspirations, conclude the Well Ways MI Recovery program, and to gain an enriched sense of personal and united empowerment.


  • To embed previous weeks’ learning, through reflective activities, home activity feedback and journaling
  • To explore society’s reinforcement of stigma
  • To consider strategies to maintain personal and social integrity, as people who experience serious mental illness

 For more information please contact Sharon Karas on 9237 8900 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group

If you are living with OCD we would like to welcome you to join our support group, where you will have the chance to share your experiences and connect with others who are affected by OCD. You will be in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment where you can meet people who will understand how you feel. Group meetings are conducted by a trained peer facilitator.

For more information on the OCD Support Group, click here or contact Sharon Karas on 9237 8900 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline;">