My name is Yvonne, and I wanted to share how I've managed to take back control of my life.
I started coming to One Door Mental Health over 10 years ago. I joined as a member at one of their centres after spending a couple of years in Shellharbour Mental Health Rehab due to a break down which left me unable to communicate with others, including my family and friends.
At the rehab, they would hold my hand and try to chat with me, but I still wasn't able to have a conversation or respond - I was what is called mute.
Once I left the rehab, I focused my attention on myself and my recovery. The key supports I found most effective during my journey were and continue to be my family, self-care and the skills, friendships and hobbies I discovered with One Door's support.
My brother Steven and daughter Kate have been a big help to me through many hard times.
I take care of myself by drinking lots of water, cooking, eating well, taking my medications and practising breathing and relaxation exercises. I also love writing poetry and keep a journal that I update regularly.
Through One Door Mental Health, I made close friendships and connections which continue today. I also met some other kind and supportive people who introduced me to new hobbies.
I like card making and am learning things on the computer. I also like chatting with staff and members, playing board games and friendly games of pool and ping pong.
Everyone has been an inspiring and intriguing part of my life. They've got great workers, and I respect and have a lot of time for everyone there.
To tell you the truth, the best decision I've ever made was to find One Door's support. In the early stages of my recovery, I was just trying to find my way and didn't get that close to people.
Over time and with all the support, I've become a lot better. I've finally come out of my shell and am now able to talk to everyone.
To find out how One Door Mental Health could support you, contact the team on 0408 368 538 or visit onedoor.org.au for more information.