Origins, which is jointly managed, funded and supported by St John of God Pinelodge Clinic and psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support service Ermha, was established after a period of discernment by Pinelodge’s leadership team starting in 2006.
Pinelodge was looking to develop a social outreach and advocacy service that fit with its mental health and drug and alcohol orientation and expertise. The program supports vulnerable recent arrivals to Australia who are living with a mental illness and has been recognised as making a major contribution to those in need. The program received the Outreach Healthcare Award at the Catholic Health Australia awards in 2014.
No Frontiers Media worked with St John of God Pinelodge Clinic and Ermha in July and August 2014 to produce a series of videos telling the stories of Hussein and Salwan, two refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq. The videos highlight the sort of mental health issues experienced by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and the services needed to address those issues.