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1 Published by: Australian Red Cross PHaMs 14b Cambridge St Rockhampton QLD 4700 Tel: PHaMs Lookout Content Walali News Groups & Meetings Page -2 FOODcents, Myths about Anxiety Page – 3 Peer Story & Health news Page – 4 SANE report on Psychosis Page – 5 April Calendar Page – 6 April 2015 Partner Agencies Schedule:by appointment only PTSD Women’s Support GroupMonday (fortnightly 4:00pm – 5:00pm Drug Arm CounsellorTuesday 1:30 – 3:30pm Department of Human ServicesTuesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm Alcohol & Drug Foundation Qld Thursday 10:00am -3:00pm Centacare CounsellorFriday 10:30am – 3:30pm

2 Walali Neighbourhood News Please join us for our next up coming free workshop. These workshops are for people to explore recovery and their life, in a fun and safe peer group setting. The next workshop will be: Dealing with Crisis - 8 April 2015, 10am – 1pm Located at -Community Health Cnr of Bolsover St & Cambridge For further information contact Shelly Green (facilitator) on SMART Recovery is starting! SMART Recovery is a voluntary self-help group that assists people in recovering from alcohol, drugs and other addictive behaviours. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), SMART Recovery empowers people with practical skills, tools and support to manage addictive behaviours. Weekly SMART Recovery group meetings commence in May at the Walali Neighbourhood Centre. For further information please contact Shelly Green (facilitator) The Walali Neighbourhood Centre has a new external service to offer the community. “Drug Arm” will be commencing drug and alcohol counselling each Tuesday. Bookings are essential. For further details please contact the PHaMs team ph: WRAP, developed by Mary Ellen Copeland is a planning process that involves assessing the self help tools and resources that we have, and then the using of those tools and resources to develop plans for keeping ourselves well. WRAP is totally self-determined. Workshops will be running each Tuesday from 11am – 12:30pm for six weeks. These workshops will be at the Walali Neighbourhood Centre. For further details contact Shelly Week 1 – Developing the wellness toolbox Week 2 – Daily maintenance plan Week 3 – Identifying trigger & action plan Week 4 – Identifying early warning signs plan Week 5 – Things are breaking down action plan Week 6 – Crisis planning & post crisis planning Easter Centre closure 6-17 April

3 Myths About Anxiety Destroyed Myth: Anxiety is not a normal part of life Completely untrue! Everyone experiences anxiety to some extent, on a daily basis. Not only do things that cause stress happen to everyone from time to time, but without any anxiety, you wouldn’t be motivated to do much. If you didn’t feel anxiety when a car sped towards you, you wouldn’t get out of the way! Some anxiety is also needed to help us perform at our best. Not to mention that we also experience positive anxiety – also called "excitement”! Myth: People who have anxiety just need to relax This is about as absurd as telling someone with a broken leg to just get it together and run a race – it just ain’t gonna happen. Like the broken leg, anxiety disorders are serious illnesses and there are treatment options available to help manage them, which have been proven to work through years and years of really clever people conducting research. Although relaxation might be a part of the treatment plan, it also needs to happen in line with a whole bunch of self-help strategies. Other treatment options may be advised by a mental health professional. Myth: The only people who get anxiety are just naturally nervous anyway Anyone can experience anxiety. In fact, anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in Australia. The 2007 Australian Bureau of Statistics annual survey has evidence to say that it is the most common mental illness, with 14% of people over 16 years of age who completed the survey experiencing an anxiety disorder – that’s about 1 in 7 people! Anxiety disorders are a result of complicated interactions between genes and personal experience. By bringing people together for a series of hands-on workshops, Australian Red Cross FOODcents® programs teach people how to get value for money and achieve a balanced diet in a relaxed atmosphere. Red Cross helps people to make sustainable changes to diet, physical activity, food budgeting and healthy weight; helping them to improve their health, prevent and manage chronic disease better and learn skills for economic self-reliance. The program is holistic, multifaceted and community focused – it’s a healthy lifestyle program that targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, migrants, refugees, prisoners, the elderly, people with mental illness and young people. Red Cross offers free training sessions and is delivered by staff and volunteers to groups over four to eight sessions with flexible timeframes. We aim to teach people how to get value for money and achieve a balanced diet through: increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. improved awareness of good nutrition, healthy weight and physical activity. skills to choose, prepare and cook healthy meals, greater economic self-reliance through improved budgeting skills. increased confidence in implementing new knowledge and skills, and reduction in food insecurity, community participation and reduced social isolation. Our FOODcents program begins 21 April. For more details contact Bonnie FOODcents Shelly

4 Published by: Red Cross R ound and round and up and down, Welcome to Bipolar a lived experience story Part 1. Bipolar is mental illness that has been around for many years, previously call Manic Depression. Fortunately for us we have the best in medicine and professionals working for us now even if it seems like they don’t know what they are doing for us at times, we will receive some recovery bit by bit. For my own experiences I went from the age of eighteen to the age of fifty living with this no named illness. I lived a life of a drunk and at times some other types of drugs. So when I reflect back now ( please think about how your life is going right now) I was in a manic episode which I lived in for all those years and mistook a young hero drinking the world dry instead of being aware of what was really happening to me. If you find that you are young and having these mixed up thoughts see if you can find someone like myself to talk to. I am here to give you an honest explanation in your word at the relevant age limits. Some of the people that have contacted me are sixty year olds right down to fifteen year olds. The only difference is how long this illness has had a grip on them. Mania is what our high is called and symptoms of this are major highs where we seem to be the only one’s that understand what is going on. Some have said that they walk with God. So much goes wrong at once that it becomes very hard to untangle. Story by Bruce Edwards For support please come along to our next support group meeting: Bipolar Fellowship meets first Tuesday of the month Cnr Bolsover and Cambridge Street Community Health, entrance through Cambridge St For details, Bruce Edwards Health News Research finding

5 1 How many are affected? Sixty-four thousand people with psychotic illness are in contact with public mental health services every year. Two in three experience their first episode before the age of Who is affected? People with psychotic illness are more likely to be male, living alone and have disrupted education. 3 What are the effects Psychotic illness often has a severe impact on ability to function in daily life. 4 Physical health People with psychotic illness are experience very poor physical health, and are more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. 5 Mental health services People with psychotic illness are the predominant users of mental health services, and make heavy, regular use of other health services. 6 NGO services Mental health non-government organisations (NGOs) provide a range of services, and are highly valued by people living with psychotic illness. 7 GP services People with psychotic illness see their GP nine times a year on average: almost twice as often as the general population. 8 A home and a job People with psychotic illness have a very high rate of unemployment and are at greater risk of homelessness. 9 Social isolation Nearly a quarter of people with psychotic illness reported feeling socially isolated and lonely. One in eight had no friends at all. 10 The challenge The People Living with Psychotic Illness study provides compelling evidence of the need to improve our mental health services, and recommendations on this are spelled out under Action on every page of A SANE Response

6 MondayTuesday Wednesd ayThursdayFriday What's happening at Walali Neighbourhood Centre 14b Cambridge St, Rockhampton Ph: April st Closed 2 nd Gym with John 9am – 11:30am Computer Basics 10:30 – 11 :30am Barista Club 1pm – 3pm 3 rd 6 th 7 th Gym with John 9am – 11:30am 8 th 9 th Gym with John 9am – 11:30am 10 th 13 th 14 th Gym with John 9am – 11:30am 15 th 16 th Gym with John 9am – 11:30am 17 th 20 th Fun & fitness 10am – 12pm Choir 1pm – 3pm 21 st Gym with John 9am – 10am Crafty Yarners 10am – 12pm WRAP 11am – 12:30pm Food cents 1pm – 3pm 22 nd Closed 23 rd Gym with John 9am – 10am Computer Basics 10:30am – 11:30am Barista Club 1pm – 3pm 24 th Ozcare garden project 10am – 12pm Almost anything goes 1pm – 3pm 27 th Fun & fitness 10am – 12pm Choir 1pm – 3pm 28 th Gym with John 9am – 10am Crafty Yarners 10am – 12pm WRAP 11am – 12:30pm Food cents 1pm – 3pm 29 th Closed 30 th Gym with John 9am – 10am Computer Basics 10:30am – 11:30am Barista Club 1pm – 3pm Closed Good Friday Walali Neighbourhood Centre closed


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