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âI was commissioned to produce a painting to interpret services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There's a campfire right in the heart of the painting, with eight people sitting around it. That represents the Aboriginal community. The colours of the people represent their relationship to themselves or others or with mental health issues or disabilities, and how as a community we need to be able to tackle it.â
âItâs very important to me to have my own place because it gives me a sense of freedom and privacy. Home means a place where you belong.â
Bill and Tracyâs story
âI came out from being unconscious on my 18th birthday. The doc told me I broke my neck in two places and I'd never walk again. When he said it, it didn't sink in. I never thought I'd end up in a wheelchair, but I guess I was lucky to even survive.â
âSomeone might choose to work with a peer because we understand. Weâve been there, weâre living proof that there is meaning to life after a diagnosis or after mental health challenges.â
âI feel comfortable to go out with people. In the past, I wasnât keen on crowds, but now I am.â
âNo two people are the same. We really try to meet an individual where they're at, and work on what they need to work on to move back into the community.â
Your generous gift will help people living with mental health issues overcome barriers and build good lives in the community.
Together we can create change that transforms lives and makes our communities more welcoming for everyone.
We are always looking for passionate, dedicated people to help out in many areas of the organisation.