Personal Helpers & Mentors (PHaMs) Program

About the PHaMs Program

The Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) Program aims to provide increased opportunity for recovery for people whose life is affected by mental illness. PHaMs workers focus on what can be achieved rather than what can’t and work together with individuals towards their recovery.

We believe that people with a mental illness can lead a fulfilled life and be a valuable member of the community.

If you are eligible to join the PHaMs Program, you will be matched with your own community worker who will support you along your recovery journey. Your community worker will help you to identify what you would like to improve in your life and assist you to find a way to get there.

For example, a community worker can help you with your goals around:

  • Getting your family life and relationships back on track

  • Accessing a doctor or a psychologist

  • Talking with Centrelink or Legal Aid

  • Budgeting

  • Finding activities to do in the community

  • Meeting new people

  • Managing your stress

Who can receive our services?
People who:
  • are 16 years or over
  • are worrying or are having a hard time because of their mental health
  • identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • identify from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning
A formal diagnosis of a mental illness is not required to be part of PHaMs Program.
PHaMs community workers will meet with you about how your worries affect your life and then work out if we can help you. You can meet a PHaMs community worker in a place where you feel comfortable and safe. Your family and friends are welcome to be present.
Are you from a culturally or linguistically diverse background?
Skylight has a PHaMs Program specialised in supporting people from diverse cultures, especially humanitarian entrants. If you need an interpreter, we can organise this.

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