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Recovery Shared is committed to the mission of inspiring and empowering people toward better mental health. We challenge ourselves and others to define and realise meaningful lives in recovery. We acknowledge and support the experience of living alongside mental health concerns while also fostering the belief that these should not be the defining characteristic of who we are. The peer workforce is a unique and vital part of mental health services, both in their delivery and design. We offer services that are informed and provided utilising the education, training and expertise of people with lived experiences of mental health concerns and continued recovery - promoting the peer workforce while empowering the people we support to help define the way in which we work. Our team are supported through skills building and mentorship, professional peer worker supervision,  information technology and a collaborative approach to service provision - all with the goal of providing an environment for people to learn, explore, share and connect in ways that are most important and relevant to individual needs.

Mike Davis

Mike

Director & Senior Mental Health Peer Worker

Mike is passionate about peer-led recovery; empowering people to discover and realise greater independence, purpose and meaning because of, and alongside, mental health concerns and continued recovery. Mike has Certificate IV qualifications in Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Mental Health Peer Work; he has completed training in Psychosocial Recovery Coaching, Support Coordination, group facilitation, suicide response and trauma informed practice, and attended numerous industry workshops and intensives. Prior to creating Recovery Shared, Mike spent over 3 years as a Mental Health Peer Worker for Community Living Supports Northern Sydney where, in addition to providing psychosocial supports and coordinating services for individuals, he helped define the Mental Health Peer Worker role and inform recovery-oriented practice within the service. Mike has worked as an Evening/Weekend Counsellor at South Pacific Private Hospital, participated in work placement at The Cabin Outpatient Addiction Treatment Centre and has held a variety of other roles in a diverse range of industries. Through working in mental health roles in the Northern Sydney area for the past 7 years and drawing from a lived experience of area mental health services gained over the past 30 years, Mike is an enthusiastic advocate for people being the leaders of their own mental health supports; he regularly liaises with case managers, government, education and employment services, and clinical, community and allied health providers. Outside of (and sometimes during) work hours, Mike loves riding motorbikes, making - and breaking - stuff, working on his own recovery, and spending time with friends, family, and his very friendly labrador Daryl.

Matthew

Mental Health Peer Worker

Matthew has worked in the social services sector for over 13 years, a large portion of which was spent as a Disability Support Worker then a Support Case Worker for people living with mental and physical health challenges cooccurring with HIV and AIDS. In 2020, Matthew transitioned to a Mental Health Support Worker role, working with people on Sydney’s North Shore, Northern Beaches and Inner West. Since 2021, Matthew has been an integral part of the Recovery Shared team, bringing his comprehensive prior experience, training and knowledge to the Mental Health Peer Worker role. Matthew holds a Certificate IV in Social Services, has completed MHCC’s Safe Storytelling workshop and is currently completing a Certificate III in Business. While working with Recovery Shared, Matthew has gained experience as a social coach as part of the PEERS program; supporting young adults on the autism spectrum develop skills, build friendship networks and gain greater confidence in social situations.  Outside of work and time spent playing Disc Golf, Matthew pursues interests in all things technology, and is an avid follower of film, music and the world of streaming media – all of which he enjoys with his “favourite furry friend” Dreamee the cat (friendly dogs are ok too).

Alanna

Mental Health Peer Worker

Alanna’s diverse skills and caring spirit shape her work as a Mental Health Peer Worker with Recovery Shared. Based on Sydney's North Shore, Alanna has a genuine love for helping others with over 5 years’ experience working in the disability sector. She has qualifications in Disability Awareness, Health Services and First Aid; Alanna plans to commence the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work in 2024. Beyond her community services qualifications and experience, Alanna has a background in a range of fields, also holding a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and Certificate III in Financial Services. Beyond her caregiving expertise, Alanna has demonstrated managerial prowess, dedicating two years to oversee operations at a Japanese landscape business with an attached nursery. This experience has cultivated a unique blend of horticultural insights and office management skills. Alanna has a passion for music, she is a talented pianist and enjoys attending concerts. She keeps active through tennis and attending the gym; Alanna also shares her home with Suzie, her playful and faithful feline friend.

Andy

mental Health Peer Worker

Before joining the Recovery Shared team of Mental Health Peer Workers, Andy completed extensive training and gained valuable experience as a support worker with Lifeline’s Crisis Support Team. He holds a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Psychology) with Honours as well as tutoring in statistics and psychology, and mentoring undergraduate online students. Based in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, Andy is an enthusiastic and passionate team member; he connects easily with the people he supports and is excited by each new opportunity to build his skillset. Part of his role with Recovery Shared is as a Social Coach for young adults participating in the PEERS social skills program. He is an advocate for mindfulness and positive mental health. Originally from Dubbo, Andy is an avid sportsperson: alongside a large variety of sports, he regularly plays competition rugby, surfs, runs, is a surf lifesaver and rugby coach. And he transfers his keen sporting interest to his Peer Work - helping others improve and support mental health through physical fitness, health and wellbeing.

Jenny

mental Health Peer Worker

Based in Sydney’s Inner West, Jenny offers a broad range of qualifications and experiences to the Recovery Shared team. In her role as a Crisis Supporter with Lifeline’s SMS support service, Jenny has completed Lifeline’s comprehensive Crisis Supporter training program – a benchmark in training those supporting people in immediate crisis and with complex mental health issues. Jenny is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Psychology) degree, is on track to enter an Honours year in 2025 and Master’s qualification thereafter. She holds a Bachelor of Information and Media, showcasing her diverse academic background. Jenny is also fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and, with experience as a qualified Real Estate Agent, she brings a unique set of skills to our team. Jenny volunteers as a Teacher’s Assistant at Ardoch, a Children’s Education Charity, contributing to the educational growth of children in disadvantaged communities. With the experience of being a mother to a child on the Autism spectrum, Jenny volunteers with Autism Camp Australia to provide support to Autistic young people and their families through neuro-affirming, capacity building and experiential learning and development. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys tennis, reading, and swimming; balancing these alongside her role as a busy mum to two young children. Her dynamic skills, compassionate nature, and personal insights make Jenny an integral part of our team of Mental Health Peer Workers.

Michael

mental Health Peer Worker

Michael is a vibrant and enthusiastic personality with a passion for art, community support and music. Based in Sydney’s West, Michael has a diverse experience in the disability sector – over the course of a community services career spanning more than 15 years, Michael has worked in residential and community settings with people experiencing severe and persistent mental health concerns, physical and intellectual disability, and dependence on alcohol and other drugs. Michael holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and, as well as working as an extraordinarily talented freelance artist and licenced tattooist, he draws from his artistic and musical talent in his work as a Mental Health Peer Worker with Recovery Shared. Michael is involved with facilitating the Campbelltown Arts Centre’s creative learning programs, has volunteered with Liverpool Street University and is currently a Lived Experience Mental Health Educator with the Sydney Local Health District. Beyond his professional roles, Michael is a dedicated father to his young daughter; he continues to extend his practice in the visual arts, and has a love for music, fitness, and reading. Michael's commitment to lifelong learning and his passion for assisting others to explore and build upon their own recovery journey make him a valuable asset to the Recovery Shared team.

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