“My first admission to hospital was in 2000 when I tried to take my life after I left high school. I got through a four-year automotive mechanical apprenticeship and worked as a qualified trade mechanic for a couple of years after that. I then studied to become an interior designer and worked as a retail designer at west end for a couple of years before I become quite unwell with several diagnoses. For about eight years after that I was in and out of about five different hospitals in Brisbane. A few of those years I was in hospital more than I was out of hospital.
I completed the Flourish program and through Flourish I was introduced to the concept of recovery and what that looked like for me. We also learnt how to identify our values, goals and how to achieve them. I was amazed at how beneficial and well-structured the program and its resources were and having a great facilitator Hellie, the Senior Peer Support Coordinator from Neami Strathpine was wonderful too.
I also attend the Peer Support group which provided me with a safe space among other people with lived experience, facilitated by Hellie. We discuss anything that may be going on in our lives that we are perhaps struggling with, going well or want advice on. It’s a great outlet because some of us don’t have a lot of other supports to talk to or safe places to vent those things. So, the peer group provides that safe space in a structured way.