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1 for Published by: Red Cross PHaMs 14B Cambridge St Rockhampton QLD 4700 Tel: February 2014

2 Websites: Australia Day Celebrations We’re back and kicked off the new year with Australia Day celebration at Walali Neighbourhood Centre last Friday 24 th Jan. It was great to see everyone there enjoying the awesome BBQ lunch cooked by Mr Aussie himself (Terry), followed by home made lamingtons that were heavenly, cooked by one of our newest staff members, Seika. The Walali Warriors came along and got us all in the spirit of things with a few favourite tunes and there were lots of laughs with a game of celebrity heads and Australia trivia. Face book SPEAK OUT! Take a stand against Mental Health Stigma Emerald news Hello to all the PHaMs clients in Emerald and surrounding area. Our Case Worker in Emerald, Olivia Vorpagel, and our new Peer Support Worker, Merv Maisey, are the members of our Emerald team working hard to support PHaMs clients in the district. They have recently moved office from the Neighbourhood Centre to a new base at Centacare. The Monday activity group is still taking place at the Neighbourhood Centre, and by all accounts is lots of fun. To find out more, ring Olivia on , or the PHaMs office in Rockhampton Welcome back to everyone from all the staff and volunteers at PHaMs and Walali Neighbourhood Centre. We trust that you all had a happy and safe Christmas and New Years. Walali Neighbourhood Centre. This year we are continue with choir on Monday afternoons. Tuesday morning is Crafty Yarners then Diabetes/healthy living group in the afternoon. Some new activities that we are looking at running this first quarter include: Gym (basic level) Yoga for beginners Food Cents Program So keep an eye out on our calendar for dates on start times. Staffing at PHaMs There have been some subtle changes to our staff line up for the New Year. We have since welcomed to the PHaMs program, Seka Yasso (Support Worker), John Clayton (Case Worker) We also welcome Shelly Green to the role of Peer Support. Rockhampton and Merv Maisey Peer Support Emerald.

3 Peer Support News Peer Support this year has started up again. There is our regular monthly Peer Support meeting which is held at Walali on the 1 st Thursday of each month, 12pm to 1:30pm. Also our regular Peer Group Outings which will be held on the last Friday of each month. For more information please contact Shelly Green, PHaMs Peer Support on mob: / or drop into Walali at 14b Cambridge Street, Rockhampton. Our first meeting of the year was a great success and I would like to thank all who attend as well as the staff and volunteers for their help and support. A suggestion was made that each month we can highlight a mental illness and then discuss it openly. Introducing it, giving a brief clinical description and perhaps a peers personal account of what it is like living with it. This would then be featured in the monthly newsletter. By doing this it sheds away the mystery and hopefully the stigma which all of us struggle with on a daily occurrence. Other news from our first meeting highlighted mental health support groups available in the community. This week we spoke of our local Grow group and their meeting details, for further information on this support group please contact ph: Peer Group Social Outings The group this month decided for a picnic in the gardens as our first social outing together, 28 th Feb. There will be lots of fun, laughs and support (maybe a game of French cricket). Lunch will be provided with a small cost associated of $5. Please confirm your participation by contact Shelly on mob: or staff at PHaMs on Everyone is invited to participate as well as offer suggestions for all Peer Group meetings and social outings. Our next Peer support meeting will be the 6 th March at Walali. Feel free to bring something to nibble and share off the coffee table. People with their own experience of mental health illness (Peers) can directly contribute to the recovery of others. Meaningful peer involvement is associated with innovative recovery-orientated services internationally.

4 MY ANGEL WISH I wish I had loving angels that I could visibly see To guide me through these emotional misguided thoughts that lurk within my mind I would happily pay them a penny each For the inner peace I seek to find But for now I will have to search for the strength in me To achieve what I am looking for So.. I know my loving angels will appear some day To guide me through my troubled world And find a loyal trusting friend or two Then no longer will I live in silence All lonely sad and blue Oh!!!.. Dear elusive angels Do hurry!!!.. Answer my prayers Don't leave me here within this universe Frightened and despaired As I have no one around me Especially "FAMILY" That ought to care I close my eyes now Then say a little prayer AMEN..... Written by lil butterfly Dealing with my Diagnosis A brief description by someone dealing with this as part of their every day life. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) used to be called Multiple Personalities. The one problem with this change was they discovered that people who had this disorder lost time and when they “switched” between personalities they were unaware of what had happened during that time. According to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, DID is diagnosed in 0.1% of the population, with women having five times the incidence of men. People with DID have very few close friends, support workers and professional support people (psychologists, psychiatrists) have difficulty dealing with DID patients because of the number of personalities that the person has. Inevitably people find it too difficult to deal with all of the different personalities so they give up on the host person. This leaves the host person alone and vulnerable. It is not only outsiders that leave DID people family also find it too hard to cope with the different personalities when a person is unwell. When a person “switches” between personalities they not only lose time, they have no idea what has happened during the time the personality has been out such as places, people and clothes.

5 Yoga group Yoga group has begun at Walali Neighbourhood Centre. John will be taking classes every Thursday afternoon From 1pm – 2pm From beginners to advanced All about wellbeing Anxiety It is not unusual to feel anxious or panicky when faced with a threatening or stressful situation. But when a person feels worry or panic so overwhelming they cannot live as they usually do, they may have an anxiety disorder. These disorders often involve feelings of continual or extreme tension, with the fear of, or actual, panic attacks, usually without an obvious cause. Anxiety disorders are common and one in ten Australians will develop such a disorder in their lifetime. More women are affected than men. The causes of anxiety disorders are not known but it is thought that severe stress or trauma can be triggers. Some personality types are at greater risk. Treatment may, but not always, include medication as well as psychological therapies, avoidance of stress, exercise and relaxation techniques. For more information visit: Diabetes/health living group The diabetes & healthy living group have begun their meetings again at Walali each Tuesday. Kicking off the new month with the topic of “health fats, bad fats”. Next month (March) the group have selected to explore “Everything about sugars”. If you like to be apart of this group and or would like more information please contact Shelly at Walali on or drop in on Tuesday afternoons 1pm – 3pm.

6 MondayTuesday Wednesd ayThursdayFriday What's happening at Walali Neighbourhood Centre 14b Cambridge St, Rockhampton Ph: February rd Body 10.00am followed by 1.00pm 4 th Craft group 10.00am Diabetes/Health 1.00pm 5th Centre Closed 6 th Peer Support 11.30am 7 th Garden 10.00am 10 th Body 10.00am followed by 1.00pm 11 th Craft group 10.00am Diabetes/Health 1.00pm 12 th Centre Closed 13 th Multi-cultural 10.00am 1pm 14 th Garden 10.00am 17 th Body 10.00am 1.00pm 18 th Craft group 10.00am Diabetes/Health 1.00pm 19 th Centre Closed 20 th Multi-cultural 10.00am 1pm 21 st Garden 10.00am 24 th Body 10.00am followed by healthy lunch 1.00pm 25 th Craft group 10.00am Diabetes/Health 1.00pm Wandal community gardens group outings 26 th Centre Closed 27 th Multi-cultural 10.00am 1.00pm 28 th Garden 10.00am External Peer Outing Botanical Gardens Picnic 11-2pm


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