Claire's story

After her journey with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, Claire decided she wanted to help others facing a similar struggle. Now a ‘peer worker’, Claire supports those experiencing mental ill health. She offers her insights into being on ‘both sides’ of the mental health system. 

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Ella's story

Ella has lived with an eating disorder since she was just 12 years old. Her road to recovery has been plagued by stigma, disjointed treatment and a lack of understanding. At 26, Ella’s journey is still unfolding, but she has finally found treatment services and the support that she needs to recapture her life. 

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Alexis's story

Despite experiencing depression for as long as she can remember, Alexis’s journey is one of, ups and downs, persistence and ultimately, recovery. She shared her story with us to encourage others, and remind us that there is always hope. 

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Geoff's story

Geoff became the primary carer for his teenage daughter, Ruby, when her mental health began to deteriorate at the age of 13. Over the next five years Ruby was repeatedly admitted to hospital. During her last admission, despite telling staff she felt at risk, she was discharged. Ruby took her own life just hours later- she was 18. Geoff has been fighting for change ever since.

 

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Louise’s story

A dedicated single mum, Louise’s* story began 18 months ago when her daughter showed symptoms of mental ill health. Louise began the exhausting process of navigating the mental health care system, while becoming the primary carer for her daughter.  

“I remember the day it started. My daughter called me and said ‘Mum, I think I might have psychological problems.’ She was 25 at the time and I did what any parent would do – I found her help,” Louise said.

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