Mentoring and Coaching

A mentor is someone that you can spend time with regularly to teach you new skills, listen and discuss your experiences and challenges and share stories of success. Mentors have many years of life and work experience they can share to help you make important decisions about your life. There are numerous mentoring programs available.

The Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMS)

  • aims to provide increased opportunities for recovery for people whose lives are severely affected by mental illness
  • takes a strengths-based, recovery approach, and
  • assists people aged 16 years and over whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live independently in the community is impacted because of a severe mental illness.

PHaMs provides increased opportunities for recovery for people aged 16 years and over whose lives are severely affected by mental illness, by helping them to overcome social isolation and increase their connections to the community. People are supported through a recovery-focused and strengths-based approach that recognises recovery as a personal journey driven by the participant.

PHaMs workers provide practical assistance to people with severe mental illness to help them achieve their personal goals, develop better relationships with family and friends, and manage their everyday tasks. One-to-one and ongoing support ensures the individual needs of the PHaMs participants can be addressed. They are assisted to access services and participate economically and socially in the community, increasing their opportunities for recovery.

Some PHaMs services provide specialist support to particularly vulnerable groups, either through funding for a targeted service or as part of an existing general PHaMs service. These include PHaMs Remote Services, PHaMs Employment Services, and services targeted to particular groups such as homeless and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people.

Access the DSS website to find out more information about eligibility, and where you can find a PHaMS service provider in your area.

Mentors for Youth

Helping Young People Achieve (HYPA) assists young people to develop the needed skills to enter the workforce . They can also help you to get work experience placements. Some of their services will give you in-house training course and then participate in a practical experience aligned with real businesses.