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

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

Dear Friends,

Greetings from a Place to Belong.

Our apologies that we did not post the final version of the Sunday Workshop flyer. Please find below the flyer attached.

You are more than welcome to come to our upcoming Sunday Workshop on the 25th of March from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

At this Workshop we will focus on our relationship with nature. We will particularly discuss how our relationship with nature affect our wellbeing and belonging.

New Venue:

  • St. Francis College, 233 Milton Rd. Milton (100m from Milton Station)
  • Lecture Room 1

Click here for more information.

You are welcome to bring others. No cost and no RSVP required!

 

 

Art and Wellbeing group

Good news!

A Place to Belong will again be hosting two art therapists, Donna McDonald and Salam El-Merebi, to run an art and wellbeing group on five Fridays in February and March 2018.

Dates and times:

9:00-11:00am on the following:

  • Friday 23 February
  • Friday 2 March
  • Friday 9 March
  • Friday 16 March
  • Friday 23 March

Venue: Thomas Street, West End.

RSPV-Registration: Telephone Angelica on (07) 32172522 or email her on mailto:aalban@anglicaresq.org.au

This is an open group for any interested person aged 18 years and over. Spaces are limited to 8 people. Do not miss it out!

For more information click here

Guiding Group

Building community and bringing hope!

The Guiding Group’s purpose is to strengthen our vision, give direction to our work and help with the different aspects of our work.

Date: Thursday February 15, 2018

Time:

  • 5:00pm for a shared meal and catch up
  • 6:00-8:00pm for our main meeting

Venue: 69 Thomas Street, West End, Brisbane

Agenda:

  • Share a meal together (bring food if you can).
  • Hear from some people who will share experiences of how they are meeting people.
  • Review our mission and vision about people meeting people.
  • Meet Tim Barlott who is proposing some learning conversations with us about how people are meeting new people.

We would greatly value your input and insight at this Guiding Group meeting. Please join in if your are able to.

To download the flyer click here