Ra’s Story

Prior to becoming a member at The Junction I had been dormant with little stimulation. I had a fairly sedentary life filled with boredom. I feel like I have come out of hibernation since joining, and my brain is now stimulated with a purpose.

I feel a sense of belonging which hasn’t been in my life for a long time. Being in a supportive environment with encouragement has made a big difference enabling me to progress in my recovery.

My confidence and self worth have improved and I am able to contribute ideas, thoughts and suggestions without being judged. I like the interaction with everyone and having lunch altogether like a family. I am interested in all aspects of what the Junction has to offer from a recovery point of view and look forward to a brighter future.

Craig’s Story

I was first diagnosed with my condition when I was 18. Over the last 30 years my life has been a constant effort to manage my mental illness.

The Junction provides a place for me to participate in a structured work focused day, something that can assist me with finding employment.

I have watched the Junction Clubhouse grow and it provides me with a sense of wellbeing to be usefully employing my time where normally I would be sitting at home, perhaps feeling sorry for myself.

As an example, I was able to contribute to processes for Housing support as I had once been in similar circumstances and through my experiences I was able to offer some assistance to other Members.

The Junction Clubhouse provides a niche in mental health community for a safe, friendly and empowering atmosphere for people with a mental illness to gather and enrich their lives. I have noticed a positive change in my life through participating in the activities of The Junction.