Want to help us change community attitudes about mental illness?
Have you, a relative or a friend, experienced a mental illness?
Can you relate well to young people and work in a team?
Would you feel comfortable talking about your experiences?
Could you volunteer once or twice a month for a couple of hours to speak with school and community groups?
All MIEACT Volunteer Educators work from lived experience, which means sharing personal stories to promote understanding of what it is like to live with and recover from mental illness. Storytelling is a powerful way to break down stigma, and it places a ‘person’ into the context of ‘mental health issues’ — it is information outside of a textbook, outside of a ‘diagnostic label’ or ‘method of therapy’ and as such, is uniquely valuable.
All MIEACT Volunteers are reimbursed for their time, work in pairs and have ongoing support from MIEACT staff.
Research - effects on recovery / Volunteer Feedback / Volunteer Educator Keith talks with ABC Radio's 'Now Hear This' about his personal story