A Place to Belong

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Building communities in mental healthA Place to Belong is a small organisation working to build inclusion for people who experience mental health challenges.

We do this by encouraging and developing the capacity of the community to welcome and include others.

Our vision is to facilitate inclusive community through building networks of contact and friendship, so that people who have been marginalised can experience inclusion, acceptance, friendship and respect.

We are constantly searching for community-minded people who want to be committed to including others in their lives. We aim to inspire and enable these threads of connection, camaraderie and friendship.

If you would like to explore the possibility of offering friendship to others who are excluded and are struggling to find their place to belong, contact us.

If you have any insights to share about how belonging and inclusion can be developed or facilitated for people please share these with us, contact us.

The most precious resource we have for coping with life in an unstable, discontinuous and revolutionary world is not information but each other. (Hugh Mackay)

Finding People to Be There

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New print run!

A resource for people who want to assist in the facilitation of someone’s belonging. It contains some of the story of A Place to Belong, some relevant literature about belonging and a range of models and strategies that anyone can use.

Written in 2002 by Neil Barringham, Manager of A Place to Belong.

Read a sample chapter from Finding People to Be There.

Contact A Place to Belong to purchase this publication (Cost $20).

A collective story of inpatient mental health treatment

Written by Marianne Wyder
Based on the contributions, experiences and writings of:

Jenny Giang, Birthe Griffith, Deborah Irvine, Sharon Juma, Joan Koenig Hughes, John Maher, Rise Faith Rosello, Helena Roennfeldt, Bridie Stewart, Hoa Ta, Rosslyn Taylor, Marianne Wyder and others who preferred to withhold their names from publication.

We would like to thank Naiara Carillo for her editing and the wider A Place to Belong Community for their ongoing support and comments on the various drafts of this chapter.

This is the story of Anne. It is also a story of recovery and rediscovery of our ‘self’ after a time of significant mental health distress.

This first chapter marks the start of this journey.  In this chapter we meet Anne and through her eyes get a glimpse of what it is like to be in a psychiatric inpatient unit. We are also introduced to other individuals with similar journeys.
This story is based on the experiences and writings of a group of individuals who have experienced – or supported others experiencing – a time of significant mental health distress. This project started in February 2015, after a workshop held by A Place to Belong about the future of inpatient mental health care.  Since that time we have met on a monthly basis and shared some of our journeys. During these sessions we also wrote about our challenges and successes.

These writings were then collected by Marianne, who incorporated these into Anne’s story. No one character in this story is based on one person’s experience and all of our experiences are represented in the different characters in this story.

We are currently writing an academic paper where we reflect on how health care professionals can best support us during these times.
For further contact Marianne can be reached on – M.wyder@outlook.com

Chapter1: The hospital

Sunday Workshop

Date: Sunday October 9 2016

Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Topic: Music, Community and Wellbeing.

A Workshop on the value and pleasure of self-expression.

Music and singing offer a unique opportunity for people’s voices and stories to be heard as emotions can be evoked and experienced in safe and supported ways.

We’ll meet others, hear of upcoming events and enjoying afternoon tea (bringing something to share if you can).

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No RSVP is required. The workshop is free.

Venue: Please note the new venue

St. Francis College, 233 Milton Rd, Milton

Questions? Call A Place To Belong office on 3217 2522

Sunday Workshop

Date: Sunday July 17 2016

Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Topic: Grounding the Sacred

Building connection and belonging in art making with Matt Armstrong

My stories are, ‘above me’ and ‘beyond me’ and act as a, ‘visual anchor’,(Pipi) when needed to be called upon.

This workshop will also graphically record a conversation about how the arts can enhance belonging and connection.

We’ll hear his story, meet others, hear of upcoming events and enjoying afternoon tea (bringing something to share if you can).

No RSVP is required. The workshop is free.

Venue: Please note the new venue

St. Francis College, 233 Milton Rd, Milton

Questions? Call A Place To Belong office on 3217 2522

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Orientation to Mental Health Pastoral Care

Date: Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Time: From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Chermside Kedron Community Church, 590 Gympie Road, Chermside

A Day For

  • demystifying and humanising mental health for pastoral care workers and chaplains;
  • enabling members of the community to make a difference in the lives of people who face mental health difficulties;
  • equipping members of the community to walk alongside those affected by mental ill-health;
  • informing members of the community of the resources available to help people in dealing with Mental Health and Wellbeing;
  • raising awareness of how the Mental Health System works.

More details available download your Brochure – Intro to Mental Health Pastoral Care 2016 (3) get your registration form and join us.

Please return the form to:

Carlos Tamayo-A Place To Belong- PO Box 5873, West End,QLD 4101                   Ph: 3217 2522 Fax: 3217 2274 Email: Carlos@aplacetobelong.org.au