- Jun 9, 2008
- Evans Head
I recently applied for a disability support pension for my schizophrenia and other various mental health issues. Although I was not eligible for a pension, I was referred to a service called Open Employment by Newtrain. I was then obligated to attend appointments with an employment mentor on a fortnightly basis. Her job is to help where possible to find me a job and support me in doing so. She helped me type up an impressive resume, which is still evolving. Since attending these appointments with my employment mentor I have attended a few one and two day courses to assist in my journey to get back into the workforce. It has made me realise that I am well enough to undertake paid work and/or study and has really motivated me to do so. I have now started part time work as a cleaner which has really helped financially and boosted my self esteem. I have also enroled to do Certificate IV in mental health work through OTEN Tafe. After my life experience with mental health problems such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hospitalisation and various medications and their side effects which i have experienced I think I will do well in this area. As part of the course I have to do a certain number of hours of work placement in the mental health sector. I am currently trying to organise this with a local organisation. So with paid work as a cleaner, work placement in mental health, full time study and raising my three year old daughter I'm going to be very busy. But the more i do the less chance i have of sitting around feeling sorry for myself like i have in the past. I just hope it doesn't come crashing down around me. So thats where I'm at. If you have a story like this hopefully with a happy ending I would love to hear it.