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Next Steps is Turning Point’s first service. Next Steps started as a weekly, one-hour, peer-support group on Caritas, the psychiatric ward at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. Turning Point is now taking Next Steps, appropriately modified, into the broader community.

Next Steps meetings assist recovery by providing:

  • a safe, accepting, non-judgemental and stigma-free meeting place,
  • information about illnesses, treatments and issues affecting recovery,
  • the opportunity for those attending to discuss their own experiences, and
  • in the facilitator, an example of someone who is managing their illness.

Turning Point has conducted weekly Next Steps meetings for in-patients at The Sydney Clinic since February 2019. In February 2020 weekly meetings began at Jewish House in Bondi. These meetings are free and open to all.

Consumers at The Sydney Clinic benefit weekly from the Wednesday night Next Steps Peer Support program facilitated by Geoff Davey.

The program, which is well received by consumers, and supported by staff, enables patients in a group environment to explore select aspects of their respective mental health issues, which Geoff responds to through the use of video and informative discussion.

The Groups are conducted in an informal environment where consumers can share their own personal lived experiences. Geoff’s Next Steps Peer Support Group contributes to consumers ultimate preparation for discharge from The Sydney Clinic.

 

Elma Fourie,
General Manager