Amy moved to Brisbane from the Gold Coast at 23 years of age. With prior diagnoses of anxiety and schizophrenia, her mental health deteriorated on moving to a new location without support.
With the absence of supports and clinically unwell, Amy began hearing voices. Amy spent two and a half years in the Community Care Unit (CCU) where she was eventually connected with Open Minds and has spent the last 18 months working towards recovery-oriented goals.
“Open Minds have helped me learn to love myself, and to really believe that I am important. I have gained mental strength, independence and the skills needed to talk my way out of an anxiety attack. Taking control of my anxiety has allowed me to make positive choices in my life.
I am now employed and have been for 18 months now. I love my job and always look forward to going to work. I like to travel to the Gold Coast every few months to visit family. I do this alone and with confidence. Prior to linking in with Open Minds I would never have been able to, my anxiety would consume me.
This year I have started going to the gym a few times a week. This is a goal I have wanted to achieve for a while now, and with the support of Open Minds I’m doing it!”
Amy is over the moon with the services Open Minds have provided, stating, “Open Minds...make me feel empowered. Empowered to the point that even though at times I may be alone, I never “feel” alone.”
“Open Minds provides me with not only support, but a sense of self worth.”
Amy’s proudest achievement is, “getting my job! And becoming mentally well. I sometimes feel as though my journey to become mentally well has been a long one. Open Minds staff have been the only people who have fully supported me to become the person I always wanted to be. I wake up every day with ‘hope’ and ‘hope’ holds my hand as I walk my recovery journey.”
Open Minds recognises that recovery is different for each individual and our staff work with clients, their families and friends to identify strengths and goals.
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