I have been working on getting a Recovery College in the ACT for over four years, so am really invested in making sure the College works. My interest in mental health started over 40 years ago when I started work as a mental health nurse, it continued in my studies with Bachelors of Arts and Science in sociology and psychology, Masters in Health Studies (Addiction) and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I also have a Masters in Adult Education. I have a lived experience of mental health dealing with anxiety and depression for the last ten years. I wish that there had been a college when I first experienced symptoms and then maybe it wouldn't have taken me so long to start on my own recovery journey
My own mental health journey started in 2003 when I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder in 2003. In 2006 I was employed as a chaplain. My 6 years working in mental health was the best job I had. During my time in acute mental health I became a trainer of chaplains (Acting Level 1 Clinical Pastoral Supervisor), was on an anti-discrimination committee, conducted mental health education for carers and churches and taught congregations how to become active in pastoral care. I served for 3 years on the NSW Cancer Council’s Ethics Committee. During this period, I received a Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling and will soon complete a Master(s) in Ministry, both focusing on mental health. I also am a parent and carer of a child and adult living with mental health challenges. I believe in the ACT Recovery College’s focus in providing educational opportunities for people who live with and/or care for people living with mental health challenges. I am privileged to volunteer with ACT Recovery College. I assist by conducting the Student pre-course interviews and other tasks as required.
I am excited to join the team at the ACT Recovery College. My experience working in the mental health sector started over 20 years ago when I was a young trainee administration officer in Community Mental Health at Greater Southern Area Health Service.
Through my own mental health journey over the last 25 years, I bring to the team a pro-active approach focused on well-being and recovery. I am also as a parent and carer to young adults who are also travelling their own mental health journey - so I can relate to other parents and carers over the challenges they face in navigating support for our loved ones. I'm passionate about supported inclusion and providing hope for a future full of enriched opportunities.