1. Medication Management -
I learnt the importance of medications and I get educated by doctors and nurses on how having them to help me. I feel like I have tried every single antidepressant and antipsychotic so far, including
valium. If I wanted to have a medication withdrawal, this would be the 'best' place to have it I reckon, cause there is support and the doctors and nurses work really hard to be on the same page as me.
2. Exercising -
I know this a cliche one, but I have never exercised so much in my lifetime until since coming here for six months now. I feel motivated and I never found exercise was fun until I came here to this mental health rehab. I find it challenging too, in a good way. I never knew I enjoyed doing so many squats!
3. Reaching Out To My Support Network -
During the time here at rehab, I must remember this place is only temporary, I won't be staying here all my life, and I need to reach out to the community ultimately for support. I have friends and family who I can reach out for support. It's just important to connect
tomy friends and family and let them know how I'm going with everything.
4. Finding New Coping Mechanisms -
That includes diamond painting (
newform of visual art I discovered - it's so much fun!), using my DBT skills for stressful and distressing situations, and also reaching out to my support network. Also importantly, building the trust between my support worker and myself is just as important as reaching out to friends. When I get emotional and feeling distressed, the main person I contact are the nurses here.
5. My Safety Plan -
My safety plan is basically...my safety plan! Self-explanatory...I reach out and look at my safety plan to remind me during distressful situations on what I should do and the step-to-step process I should take to minimize any self-harm and people I can contact if I was running in trouble. I learnt to make this safety plan while being here at this mental health rehabilitation. It's a valuable tool.
Mental Health Resources
3847 1058 A wonderful community mental health club house which supports all different kinds of mental health support. There are scheduled activities every day for each month - wide range of different activities include yoga, bush walking, and many more. I became a member, and worked a few times in the hospitality unit. I wasn't expected to do everything "fast" and "right". I could go at my own pace, and volunteer for as long or short as I can. I love that I am not rushed. This is why Stepping Stones is so supportive for those in mental health recovery. I always felt welcomed by all the other members too. It's just a very good environment to be in.
1800 737 732 24/7 National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence & Counselling Service. I have called this service several times for the rape trauma I faced in the past. This is a very wonderful service, and although I have only used the telephone counselling service several times, the qualified professionals were always very compassionate and helpful. It helps to have a pen and notebook ready before calling, as they tend to give good, practical tips on how to manage the problem you're having at the time. Highly recommend this service.
13 11 14 Lifeline - Available 24/7. I noticed the times I was in distress and called, the calls were confined to a maximum of half an hour or so. It's good to know someone who can listen. This is a free dial call, and treated with full confidentiality. You don't need to mention your name, but depending on the circumstances, they may ask where your location is. I found this service to always be extremely helpful. The telephone volunteers are fully trained, and know what they are doing.
Acute Care Team (24hr QLD Mental Health Support)
1300 642 255 (also known as 1300 MH CALL) - I use this service as an existing patient with the PAH Mental Health teams as I was an in-patient at the hospital. You have the option to speak with a Mental Health Clinician. I found the clinicians generally helpful. I have a long history with the hospital, and they can easily bring up my file - as long as I say who I am. Sometimes I use this line to check on my future appointments with the team.
Online Forum Support
The online forums is a great initiative by Beyond Blue. The forums are fully moderated, and there are Community Champions (title based on their post count) there but they are real people who have gone through traumatic experiences in their lives, and volunteer their time and help on the forums. There are different sections for different topics around mental health such as; Depression, Relationships. There's also a forum for Young People to share, which I'm interested in. If you first stumble upon the forums, I recommend you not to read everything, as it can be easy to get caught up in it all (or maybe just me personally); but start off reading the guides, especially sticky threads to get a feel of that particular section.