Kaylene is an Illawarra local who has attended all 35 Recovery Camps over the last 10 years. The impact of these experiences on her personal and health journey has been lifechanging.
“Recovery Camp has had a positive impact on my mental health. When I first attended, I had extreme social anxiety and depression which had a significant impact on the way I communicated. After attending camps over time, I have built up confidence and skills to move though my social barriers that were preventing me from participating in activities and life in general,” said Kaylene.
“I realise now I’m not alone in my journey of recovery. Camp has given me the strength to keep fighting to stay alive and out of hospital. I know now it is ok to fight this black hole and try to remember to take a little light to see my way back,” she continued.
Brodie is a nurse from Sydney who attended Recovery Camp last year as part of her studies. She said: “Recovery Camp truly changed my worldview by allowing me the privilege to explore the lived experiences of those who experience mental ill-health. I learnt so many valuable lessons from the consumers – lessons I will carry with me throughout my life as a nurse and as a person.”