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Shadows mean all sorts of things to people. A place to hide in … or avoid. Mostly not good things. But Dominique now welcomes shadows because they are, in a way, her sunshine.
Dominique’s darkness started 32 years ago with the birth of her first child, when she believes she experienced post-natal depression. She spent the next three decades battling a state of fear and anxiety.
Now, Dominique goes to respite at Labrador each Monday, she has done a craft course, she travels unaccompanied on the bus, and enjoys going out for a “flash coffee”.
These brave new steps are thanks to six months of facilitation support through the Partners in Recovery program and other trusted support services. “When I met Dominique she was so unsettled she used to pull her hair out all the time, especially if going away from her house,” her facilitator said.
PIR has facilitated many services to assist Dominique on her recovery journey, and is now working with her support worker, psychiatrist and dietician. Her facilitator has encouraged Dominique to enrol in Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland’s successful Sense of Self Program.
“PIR is showing me that little steps add up to big steps. My world is much brighter now than it was six months ago. I feel happy more often than I feel sad or anxious. I am looking forward to doing a lot more things and making friends so I can get about more. Now I have hope.”
* not her real name
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