Mental Health Pastoral Care

Dear Friend,

You are more than welcome to join us to the annual Mental Health and Pastoral Care Worksop on Wednesday 25th of July. The theme of our day is the challenge of caring for ourselves as we care for others.

Cost: $50 per person (includes morning tea and afternoon tea, participations notes and certificate)

For more information click here

For registration please contact:

Neil Barringham

neil@aplacetobelong.org.au

Angelica Alban

aplacetobelong@anglicaresq.org.au

Sunday Workshop

The Sunday Workshop is here!

Dear Friends,

You are more than welcome to come to our upcoming Sunday Workshop on the 3rd  of June from 2:00 to 4:00 p.
At this workshop we will focus on building sense of safety, particularly at communal and personal responses to human distress.

Venue:

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

You are welcome to bring others. No RSPV required

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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, Joan Koenig Hughes, John Maher, Rise Faith Rosello, Helena Roennfeldt, Bridie Stewart, 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

Click her to read Chapter 1