Ashleigh Campbell not only works for Richmond Wellbeing Peer Support but was actually a client.
“I have a lived experience of mental health stress and mental health diagnosis. I’ve been in the system for about 20 years now, it’s been a long journey, rough at times. But a few years ago, I was a client of Richmond Wellbeing, a participant in their Recovery House Program. It was very very different from the support I’d received in the past. It saved my life, I’m not joking, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them. Now I work there and it’s such a blessing to be able to use my experience to give people a little bit of hope. It doesn’t matter how long it has been or where you’re at, there is always hope. You can recover and have a joyful, fulfilled life. It’s not weak to speak and you’re not unfixable.”
Ashleigh believes the key to supporting each other is to make conversations about mental health as “normal” as talking about the weather. Mental health distress is so common, in fact 1 in 5 people experience it. That means more than half the population will face mental distress in their lives.
“If the support you seek initially doesn’t work for you, it’s the wrong fit, keep looking! It’s just like if your friend bought a shirt and it looked amazing on them, so you try it but you’re a different size, a different figure and it doesn’t look as good on you. It’s exactly the same – so don’t give up.”
“That’s what happened to me, I reached out and it didn’t work, so I thought I couldn’t be helped, but that particular service just wasn’t the right fit for me.”
If you or someone you know needs help talk to Richmond Wellbeing, your GP or health professional, for a 24/7 crisis service call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Have a listen to Ashleigh share some of her story below: