Connections is a not-for-profit community service organisation that provides individual disability support, training, programs and advocacy in mental health and wellbeing. Connections vision is to Improve Mental Health and support people with Disability in the Community and achieves this by providing relevant evidence-based learning and life skill development programs that assist in the facilitation of recovery.
Connections is committed to supporting people to be well resourced and make choices regarding all aspects of their individual support. We encourage the people we work with to make informed decisions about every day and long-term lifestyle issues, and to direct their own journey towards well being and recovery. Each person’s individual needs are identified, and the planning offered will be responsive to these needs. Connections acknowledges its responsibility to respond to the individual need of each client, and ensures that the persons plan is guided by an individual’s goals and aspirations.
Connections also recognises each person’s right to the social justice principle of self-determination. It is committed to service provision in a manner that is consistent with the principles of dignity of risk and duty of care. Connections promotes the rights of people who experience mental illness and / or psychiatric disability to be active and valued members of their community. Participants are encouraged and supported to develop strategies which enable them to manage their mental illness and recovery.
We see ourselves as an agent for change rather than just a service provider, where we acknowledge people who use our services strengths and abilities, and work on expanding on people’s capabilities.
Connections also understands and values the need for activities, information, training and workshops to be delivered within the community, which assists people to understand and manage their own mental health and wellbeing.
We live these principles every day