psychosocial disability and the ndis

Psychosocial Disability & the NDIS

Services operating in the mental health sector have progressed the language around mental illness to promote recovery and wellness for people living with mental illness. With this culture of language in mind, the word disability has not been a term used often within mental health recovery focused services or organisations, like CHESS Employment. Because of […]

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construction-mental health

We Need to Talk about Mental Health in the Construction Industry

The construction industry employs more than 625,000 people across Australia, making it one of the biggest employers in the country and the statistics surrounding suicide in this industry are quite confronting. According to recent reports from MATES in Construction and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC):       Construction workers are more than twice as likely to suicide […]

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Komi Finds New Purpose Working in Coffs Harbour

With his bright smile and youthful energy you would not know that Komi Adjassou has overcome enormous odds to make a life for himself and his family here in Australia. Humble Beginnings The 62 year old was born in Togo, a West African nation that borders Ghana, spending 17 years of his life there in […]

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How Support Coordination Helped One Man Towards Recovery

Our Partners in Recover (PIR) services assists people to address challenging issues that affect the local population. These issues include severe and persistent mental health issues and complex needs including financial hardship and homelessness. The CHESS PIR team have an inspiring story to share. By sharing people’s success stories we hope to highlight the importance […]

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NDIS Planning Cafe’s a hit with locals!

CHESS’ informal NDIS Planning Café’s are a safe space where locals across the Mid North Coast and Clarence Valley can come in for a coffee and a chat, and get more information about the upcoming NDIS rollout and what it means for them. We’ve found that there is a lot of confusion or lack of […]

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Closing the Gap – A First Nation Australian Perspective

Author Shayne Rawson is a proud First Nation Australian and a valued member of the PHaM’s Team at CHESS. Shayne works closely with his community to provide cross cultural awareness and to help support people living with mental health issues. We asked Shayne to share his perspective with us on National Closing the Gap Day. […]

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A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery & Independence

Our Partners in Recover (PIR) services addresses a number of challenging issues that effect our local population including, complex mental health conditions, drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness. The CHESS staff who provide the invaluable PIR service have an inspiring story to share. By sharing our successes we also hope to highlight the importance of […]

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Community Launch of the Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection

Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection Launch

It was wonderful to be part of our community coming together yesterday for the launch of the Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam! (Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection) As a welcoming smoking ceremony was performed, seating needed to be added as large crowds of people gathered at the Nambucca Community & Arts Centre to celebrate and support local traditions. […]

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Addressing the stigma of mental health in the workplace

Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Workplace

Promoting mental health in the workplace benefits everyone; we all have a role to play in looking after our own mental health and in creating a mentally healthy workplace. Brief snapshot of mental illness in Australia In each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. About 4% of people will […]

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Changing His Story – Brian Bolt

After I finished school the incredible Senior Management Team took a chance with me and I was promoted to a full time Administration Assistant. For me, this was an amazing feeling of accomplishment and validation for all the hard work I’d put in.

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