The purpose of this study was to document Odyssey House’s Building Resilience in Schools program and to evaluate the ways in which the program assists young people to negotiate the challenges of substance use and mental health concerns. The report investigates a set of interrelated findings about the impacts of the program on the wellbeing of participating students and broader school community (e.g. school staff and teachers).
The Thriving Communities Partnership Understanding Vulnerability report takes a deep dive into the impacts and influencing factors of vulnerability and the benefits of proactive and holistic approaches to proactive prevention.
The Family Eclipse Program (Eclipse) is a family intervention for young people aged 16-24 years who have been diagnosed with one or more co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, together with those people they identify as their family. The program was developed by Odyssey House Victoria drawing upon best practice family intervention approaches for this target group. Eclipse staff have experience in mental health, AOD & family therapy. They provide assessment, intervention, referral to young people and their families, as well as secondary consultation to youth services that are faced with the distressed and vulnerable families of a young person.
An independent evaluation led by Associate Professor Petra Staiger, School of Psychology, Deakin University was commenced within 6 months of the Eclipse program’s establishment. The evaluation utilised a mixed method design which included staff and client consultations and a longitudinal outcome study of the intervention only, with family interviews occurring 3 months post treatment completion. The evaluation involved 236 clients (75 families) who reported high levels of stress, family tension, mental health disorders, significant substance misuse, trauma and intergenerational distress upon entry into treatment.