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What is a Recovery Coach?

A recovery coach supports people with psychosocial disability—a disability that may arise from a mental health issue. Examples of psychosocial disabilities are mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder; schizoid disorders, such as schizophrenia; and anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorder. If you live with psychosocial disability, you may find it challenging to plan and set goals or engage in social activities or employment.

A psychosocial recovery coach works collaboratively with you, your family, your carer, and other support services. They support you as you progress on your personal recovery journey. There can be similarities between the role of a Recovery Coach and a Support Coordinator. However, a recovery coach focusses on support and assistance that helps you build skills for self-reliance. This gives you the confidence to take control and make choices about your recovery.

How Recovery Coaching Can Help You

Our recovery coaches have formal qualifications and lived experience to deliver strengths-based support. Building a trusting relationship is the foundation of a successful recovery, so we’ll match you with a compatible recovery coach. One who respects your values and understands your preferences when it comes to receiving support. Together, we can develop your individual recovery plan to complement your NDIS plan. Your recovery plan may include the following:

  • Identifying your strengths and barriers.
  • Recognising the aspects of your life where you have a choice.
  • Identifying the key contacts in your life who can support you.
  • Outlining your short-term recovery goals.
  • Identifying the resources and services to help you achieve your goals.
  • Support to help you manage NDIS funded supports and clinical mental health services.

As well as helping you implement your recovery plan, your recovery coach empowers you with strategies to manage your mental health issue and make your own choices. Whether your recovery is about regaining skills and confidence for daily living or rebuilding connections within your community, your recovery coach is your go-to person. You’ll receive the support, motivation, skills, and services you need to achieve your goals.