In the 1980’s, due to my heavy drinking, I was in and out of rehab. I never thought I would give up. I tried to control the drinking. I felt like I was in a circle; I didn’t want to give up drinking, I was getting something out of it, but I would keep ending up in rehab to dry out. Eventually I opted to go to Graylands voluntarily. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety almost thirty years ago and after a fifteenyear battle, I was able to find strength in my strong desire to be more,. For the love of my love my family I quit drinking in 1995. My battle with anxiety and depression continued as I worked, making it difficult to continue. My decline led me back to hospital at the end of 2013, and I was released for a final time in early 2014. I sought support through the Avro Clinic, where my medication was changed, my mood was lifted and I began to regain my focus. Despite my initial hesitations around seeking support at JOC Wellness & Recovery, I began to attend the service and have since reaped the rewards.
When I am at JOC, I am able to listen more and learn about what they have to offer me. I now leave with a sense of accomplishment and a motivation to put these learnings into practice. JOC has helped me to set goals – big and small. I am now volunteering, meditating (I now use meditation instead of PRN’s), attending monthly outings, community walks and art groups all thanks to JOC. Through my additional support with RUAH Recreation, I am also exercising and socialising more with others. My life feels fuller and less stressful – I feel within a comfort zone which is good and enables me to appreciate my life, family and nature. I am playing guitar, at home, which I enjoy. I am functioning more positively and normally, more than I ever really thought. This has come from utilising all that JOC has to offer and support me.
JOC Wellness & Recovery services are for individuals living with mental illness who require support in relation to community living, education, employment, and their wellbeing.
Entry to the service is initiated by referral. The referral form is to be completed by a GP or Mental Health Professional.
Meditation is the guided practice of quiet sitting in a comfortable up right position with attention to slowing down breathing, relaxing and release of the body tension. Calming the mind helps greater clarity to emerge and encourages self-awareness. Meditation is a great tool to develop physical and mental wellbeing. It is an excellent holistic approach to managing stress and anxiety.
In order to have a healthy mind it is imperative to have a healthy body. It is vital to enmesh the two in order to function as well as possible. During this time there is a dedicated Personal Trainer available to participants.
There can be many benefits to those who write regularly as they share their thoughts with a piece of paper. One of the biggest benefits is that it brings closure,
an appreciation of the little things and begins to close down our negative judgements of self.
JOC is currently funded entirely by the Mental Health Commission and by the generosity of grants from Lotterywest. Unfortunately, programs that we offer are limited by the funding we receive.
Donations will be used to support or expand existing programs, and develop new initiatives for our members. All programs delivered by JOC aim to improve the mental health, social wellbeing and overall quality of life of adults living with a diagnosed mental illness.
We respectfully acknowledge that we work on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to community members and elders, past and present.
Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.
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