People often join One Good* Day presenting with more than one mental health issue. Adrian has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, clinical depression, bipolar and paranoid delusion – a complex combination of psychosocial disabilities. But with the right support, he’s seen some incredible improvements.
A globe-trotting childhood
Born in South Africa – but spent his early childhood in England – Adrian’s family came to Australia when he was around 11 years old. His dad was a mining engineer which is what brought the family down under.
As a child, Adrian was surrounded by animals: the family had many dogs, including a Great Dane, then Pitbulls, Staffies, Dalmatians and more. His passion for caring for dogs is something his NDIS Recovery Coach Lisa picked up on when they started working together.
Adrian’s health has been a concern so in collaboration with his support worker, Lisa set about finding Adrian some options for volunteer programs involving animals to include in his Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
“I have a lot of injuries,” he says. “I’ve got a plate in my shoulder and my back is all cracked, so I can’t go back to labouring, which is what I used to do.”
Animal therapy – done differently
Adrian started attending a small group program run by Happy Paws Happy Hearts at his local RSPCA animal rescue shelter. He started to learn more about the health and wellbeing of the animals, as well as how to take care of the rescue dogs and cats at the shelter. This experience has had a positive knock-on effect in Adrian’s life.
“Since I started working with Lisa, my recovery coach, I joined a program at HAPPY PAWS HAPPY HEART with prospects of work,” Adrian explains. “I also finally got a companion card and finalised my housing application too! I’m feeling positive about my future and every week I look forward to going to the RSPCA centre for my program.”
The future is brighter than before
Looking forward, Adrian hopes to finish his RSPCA program and start a part-time job with the animals. He also plans to learn how to use a computer, improve his socialising, get a dog and his own place to live.
“With the right support you can do it,” he beams. “If you can find a passion to focus on and something to look forward to every day, anything is possible. One Good* Day and NDIS have been the best thing for me!”
Take your next step with One Good* Day
We understand that not every day is the same when you’re experiencing a mental health condition – some days are good, others aren’t. But you don’t have to go through it on your own. If, like Adrian, you have NDIS funding for Recovery Coaching – or think you may be eligible for NDIS support – take the first step by reaching out to us.