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6 Feb. 2020

My Recovery Program now taking applications

My Recovery is a peer led education program to support peoples recovery resulting from mental health related challenges and/or alcohol and other drug issues.  It is very much focused on personal recovery and individuals have a chance to explore this concept as it relates to them throughout the program. 

My Recovery is being delivered as part of a peer led education pilot coordinated by the NT Mental Health Coalition.   As part of the pilot, there are 8 local people with lived experience of mental health challenges who have been trained and employed to deliver the program. Programs will begin from the second week in February and at this stage will run until the end of June.

The format for upcoming programs will involve 9 x 3.5 hour sessions delivered within a 4.5 week window.  Some programs will be for men only, some for women only and some for both men and women.  

My Recovery participants can expect to:

  • Learn about mental health and recovery in a safe and confidential environment
  • Explore ways to improve their own social and emotional wellbeing
  • Develop skills and confidence to communicate and advocate for themselves
  • Understand discrimination and their rights
  • Find ways in which they are comfortable to challenge stigma 
  • Share and learn from each other
  • Develop ongoing support networks

Some of the Darwin people who participated in My Recovery in August 2019 have kindly shared Testimonials of their experience for other interested to people to identify if the program is right for them.

There are also public information sessions scheduled for interested members of the public and staff working across the sector to find out more about the program at Nightcliff Community Centre
 18 Bauhinia Street, Nightcliff

  • Wednesday 5th February @ 1 pm
  • Wednesday 12th February @ 1 pm
  • Wednesday 19th February @ 1 pm

At information sessions, My Recovery facilitators will introduce themselves, their background / experience of the program and an overview to the program itself.  The participant logbooks will be on hand for people to flick through and explore the content further. 


The first two My Recovery programs have been scheduled and are now taking applications:


Program 1:          Men’s Program

Facilitators:         Matt, Chris and Aaron

Session Time:     1 pm to 4:30 pm

Days:                    Monday’s and Thursdays

Start Date:          Monday 10th February 2020

End date:             Monday 9th March 2020

Venue:                 Sunrise Centre

                              24 Beaton Road, Berrimah


Program 2:          Women’s Program

Facilitators:         Lauren and Helen

Session Time:     9 am to 12:30 pm

Days:                    Tuesdays and Fridays

Start Date:          Tuesday, 18th February 2020

End date:             Monday 2nd March 2020

Venue:                 To be confirmed

Subsequent programs will be scheduled from early March and include programs open to both men and women.   The Coalition is seeking to hear from interested people if they have a preference to undertake the program outside of business hours and potentially over an extended, 9 week duration (i.e. 1 x 3.5 hour session each week).  

Details for future My Recovery programs and public information sessions will be regularly updated on the Coalition website.   

Anyone over the age of 18 who identifies with having a lived experience of mental health and/or alcohol and other drug issues can apply to attend one of the programs.  

Applications can be made by completing the Expression of Interest Form, which is also located on the back of the My Recovery Flyer.  The Coalition will then make contact to confirm applicants have a place in the program, or if the program is full whether they would like to apply for a subsequent program.

Information online can be located at:



For further information people can contact:

                Noelene Armstrong

                Peer Led Education Project Officer

                Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition

                08 8948 2246 / 0439 100 360