Life’s twists and turns can sometimes catch us off guard, as was the case with Farina. As someone who had never experienced a mental health condition before, Farina was faced with an unfamiliar situation, but one she managed to navigate with grace and a positive attitude, leading to a more balanced and meaningful life.
A huge revaluation
“I had a massively stressful part of the year, like really, really stressful,” Farina recalls, “and then combined with some of the isolation of COVID-19, everything sort of fell on top of each other. Work, house, children, relationship and my health – it triggered me to rethink and reevaluate all of these aspects of my life.”
Farina found herself admitted to hospital after an episode of psychosis that she didn’t see coming. It’s an experience she’s still untangling as it was quite recent, but one she recognises has set her on a better course in life.
“It hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely been important, and it’s put me in a better place, “ she reflects. “Now I have my dream job [working as a One Good* Day Recovery Coach], which I love. It feels much more balanced than my previous role as a Local Area Coordinator up here in Brisbane.”
Anyone can experience a mental health condition
Farina’s experience in hospital happened before she became an NDIS Recovery Coach, and she’s already noticing the value it adds to her work with her clients at One Good* Day.
“I draw on it a lot for my own sense of empathy towards people and my own reflections, absolutely,” she offers. “It constantly gives you such a deep understanding or recognition of how fragile our mental health can be. It can be so sudden too – a big traumatic event can happen to anyone.”
People come to us at One Good* Day because they have ‘Recovery Coaching’ funded as part of their NDIS plan, but it’s still quite a new service. It can take a little time for a client to understand what it looks like in practice, but Farina believes her mental health journey makes all the difference.
“Definitely having lived experience helps people to open up and trust, or just believe that you could be on their side,” she explains.
Acceptance, perspective and connection
“It was very scary to be admitted to hospital, quite disempowering,” Farina admits. “You’re not given a lot of information. I didn’t even know why I was in hospital because I was pretty much told ‘you’re not sleeping’.”
Sleep is a crucial ingredient in good mental health, so when Farina began her hospital stay, that was the first thing she did. She slept – after a few days, she felt she was starting to see things differently.
“There were three things that really helped me while I was in hospital,” she identifies. “The first was accepting I had been sick and the second was perspective, flipping things around. I started to imagine that I really needed a holiday and I was in a beautiful hotel, with a great view and how lucky am I to have all these people here looking after me. They’re helping me to get well and all I have to do is focus on that.”
“The third thing was connection,” Farina explains. “I was in the ward with other people and there were so many opportunities to connect. We built a veggie garden, exercised and chatted. It made me remember how much I enjoyed working with people who have a psychosocial disability, and that’s when I started thinking about it in hospital. This is what I really want to do.”
Recovery Coaches can walk beside you
If you’re navigating the NDIS for the first time, or looking for extra support to reach your NDIS plan goals, take the first step here, We get how confusing it can be, which is why we focus on getting you that next One Good* Day.