Have you ever bought something that is apparently “one size”, supposedly that will fit all shapes and bodies, only to try it on and find that it obviously doesn’t fit?
It’s pretty rare that a one-size-fits-all approach works in any situation so why are we surprised that it’s the same with mental health?
Trevor Rees receives outreach support from an outreach support worker and has been happy ever since. Even though it took him a few tries to find the right support worker for him, when he met Debby, he knew she was the one!
“It’s quite a long story, but things were deteriorating quite badly. But through the help of my support network, friend, family, psychiatrists, I got onto the NDIS (the National Disability Insurance Scheme) and that introduced me to Richmond Wellbeing. A couple of support workers later I found Debby. It’s all been a real improvement ever since – leaps and bounds.”
What exactly does Debby do for you?
“Most of the time it’s general counselling, helping me unload the stresses of the week. But it’s been other things like helping me develop a meal plan – I have so much less anxiety knowing I’ve got food for the week. I’ve been eating better and she’s helped me get into exercise.”
How did you get onto the NDIS?
“It was my mum and sister that actually helped me come to the decision that I needed extra support. I was deteriorating quite badly towards the end of last year and my sister was already on NDIS so she recommended it to me.”
How has your life changed since?
“Dramatically so! I’m actually able to think clearer, I’m able to process emotions better… my depression has gone from weeks of bad behaviour right through to now I might have a bad day but the next day I’m perfectly fine. Things have definitely improved all the way around my life.”
Far less men than women seek extra support, do you have any advice for men who aren’t travelling well?
“In your own mind, you may think you can use your own mentality to get through problems such as depression and anxiety. But think of it like this: if you twist your ankle, you wanna stay off of it for a while. It’s the same with your mind, but instead of seeing a GP, you see a psychiatrist to heal. It’s just another organ of the body. It does get sick and does have problems. The most effective way of dealing with that is to talk about it so the psychiatrist can find out what’s causing it. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll go on medication! But hey, if you do, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, I found the moment I went on medication, my life improved magnitudes of betterment. So the idea is, just think of the mind like another part of the body who needs specialists to look at it and when it gets sick, you fix it. If you try and brush it under the rug, it will pop out at the most inconvenient times.”
Have a listen to Trevor share his story below: