'Working with the team I was able to calm everything down, to stay still and to not have my mind racing, to have that bit of relief.'
'Unfortunately, I got king-hit one night when I went out for work drinks. Slowly my health deteriorated, both my physical and mental health. And then a few months ago, I made the decision I needed to get extra help.
'Originally, I was going to go into hospital, but it was suggested that it would be more beneficial for me to go to Nundah House.
'At first, it was a bit daunting. I was out of my comfort zone, so I tended to shut off and sort of keep to myself. The staff kept coming by and checking on me and having little chats just to see how I was. That was one of the things that helped, knowing they were there for me and wanted to help.
'It was comforting knowing you’ve got someone there for you. If you were having bad days, you could have one on one chats and you would feel a lot better about yourself. I was also suffering from these really bad tics, it was quite painful and distressing. Working with the team I was able to calm everything down, to stay still and to not have my mind racing, to have that bit of relief.
'I slowly opened-up and worked more with the team, it was one of the best experiences that I’ve had.
'By the end, I was helping out and jumping into as many groups as I could, like arts and crafts or meditation groups or even cooking dinner and making lunch for the house.
It brought back a lot of the confidence that I had lost. I got back enthusiasm for playing guitar, it made me a happier person and a lot more energetic.
I’ve been able to implement a lot of the strategies in my life to help me day by day. And if things do get tough I know I can look back at what I learned and use that to get through the tough days.”
Tyson has stayed at the Nundah House Step up Step Down service in Brisbane.
Take a break to get well
Short-term, residential services can help to avoid hospitalisation or provide support to transition back into the community following hospitalisation.