F2W team: Stuart Nunan, Manager Footprints2Wellbeing and Community Outreach Manager, Frances Pidcock

In September 2019, The Buttery rolled out a new counselling program as part of an innovative consortium, to better support people with mental health issues manage their daily lives.

The Footprints 2 Wellbeing (f2w), available from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie, supports people concerned about their mental health by offering groups and individual sessions.

The Buttery is part of the consortium which includes Rekindling the Spirit, Werin, and Wellways Australia.

Through this consortium, The Buttery will be able to increase services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and strengthen The Buttery’s cultural awareness.

People who have mental health issues sometimes face social isolation and can have difficulty managing day to day living tasks such as budgeting, cooking, shopping, and accessing housing, employment and education.

Although not a counselling program, f2w supports people in their daily lives to self –manage their mental illness and build capacity to live productive, meaningful lives.

This can include providing support for their management of drug and alcohol issues.

The program is Short term (around 3 months but is flexible) and offers support for people over 12 years who are not registered for the NDIS with moderate to severe and/or episodic mental illness who have reduced psychosocial functioning including: housing, employment, legal, family issues.

It is a not a crisis service, but rather a psychosocial skill-building and case management program.

People able to take part include those who are no longer receiving support from Partners in Recovery (PIR), Day to Day Living (D2DL) or Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) programs.

To join the program or to refer someone who may benefit, phone The Buttery Intake: 02 6687 1111.

For more information: https://www.buttery.org.au/footprints2wellbeing/