The Youth Program at headspace Early Psychosis provides a range of services to young people (12-25yrs), families, and professionals. Services are strengths-based and value-driven so that they support young people to achieve personally meaningful recovery goals, and enable cultural change within the organisation. Young people are the reason we exist and are the focus of what we do. Our goal as a team, is to support as many young people who want to work with a peer worker as we can. Our Youth Peer Support workers, drawing upon their own lived experience of mental health challenges, are uniquely positioned to walk alongside young people while also helping to inform our service design and delivery.
- Job Description:
As a Youth Peer Support Worker, you will draw from your lived experience of your own mental health challenges and recovery to act as a recovery champion within the Youth Program team. In this role, you will be responsible for providing one-to-one support to young people, co-facilitating peer and recovery groups and you will contribute to community awareness activities that aim to reduce stigma through increased mental health literacy.
As a Youth Peer Support worker, you will also work with and alongside clinical and recovery teams at headspace Early Psychosis. Whilst youth peer support workers are not clinicians, they are as much a valued part of our team. Our Youth Peer Workers have a key responsibility to help inform our service design and delivery. In this context, sharing insights that are drawn from your own lived experience may be really important in enabling another staff member or team to develop an understanding of a person’s situation or how we may be working and the potential impact of this on a young person’s experience.
Lived experience of psychosis or other mental health challenges as a young person (12-25 years) and experience of utilising mental health services in your own recovery (essential Key Selection Criteria)
Recognition and understanding of your own personal recovery process (including tools and strategies) and the ability to use this to appropriately share your story with purpose
Australian working rights
Current Victorian Driver License (preferable)
Current Working with Children Check or willing to obtain one, and be willing to undergo a Background Check