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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter1: The hospital
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
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
Date: Thursday June 9th 2016
Time: 5.00pm for dinner and catch-up
6.00pm to 8.00pm for our main meeting
Venue: 69 Thomas Street, West End, Brisbane
Agenda: Acknowledging our stories and imagining the potential within us.
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) will begin in Brisbane in 2 years’ time. It will change the way people with disabilities engage with services. We will offer a space for people to begin to explore possibilities they would like to foster in their lives (or the lives of those they support) in order to imagine their potential and get the best outcomes from the NDIS.
We would value your input and insight at this Guiding Group. Please join us if you are able to. Bring food to share for dinner if you can!
Neil: 3217 2522 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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