Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tom S – Peer Support Worker

The chance to bring hope and support to those recovering from the impact of anxiety, OCD or an eating disorder.


Looking for the path that best suits you. There are many roads to recovery, and for me, recovery is all about choosing the options that meet your needs and accepting that not everybody is the same.


I managed to catch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when it came to the Adelaide Festival Centre recently – an awesome trip down memory lane.

Belinda W – Peer Worker

The best thing about working in PACE is the people I work with. I feel so valued and accepted plus the support is absolutely fantastic.


Recovery is living my life the best way I can and always striving to be my authentic self. I have developed a strong sense of TRUST, I know that I can rely on my inner source of strength to get me through anything.


The best concert I went to this year was TOOL at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. They are the only band I enjoy listening to live!!

Supporting Siblings

In recognition of mental illness being Australia’s third biggest health problem – after heart disease and cancer and its impact on families the Sibling Project is a formal collaboration between Centacare and Siblings Australia, the peak body committed to improving the support available for siblings of children and adults with chronic conditions including disability, chronic illness and mental health issues.


In August 2011 Centacare’s Navigate program and Siblings Australia officially launched a new fact sheet, ‘Siblings and Mental Health’ for siblings of people with mental health issues. The fact sheet aids families and siblings to better understand the sibling experience and provides strategies to manage mental health problems in the family.

To download a copy of the Sibling Fact Sheet or get further information on the Navigate program visit

National Eating Disorder Association (US) Launches New Video Interview Series

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3522edf349ffefe09206afef2f83de1dThe National Eating Disorder Association, based in the US, have a range of short video interviews available on their website. In these short video clips, individuals who are in recovery get a minute to share some key insight and advice from their experiences and their recovery journey. Check out some of the videos and find out more about the challenges of living day to day with an eating disorder.
Click here to view the videos online.

An Excellent Resource on Resilience and ‘Sharing the Struggle’

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Image_Useful_WebsitesEd Miller of Honi Soit has produced this excellent article on resilience and sharing the struggle of Eating Disorder recovery.

‘For eight years, Kate’s eating disorder has been a daily feature of her life. In the last three months, however, following a period of determined treatment, I can count the number of days that have gone badly on just my fingers.’

Hear more about the journey…

DOVE Bodythink Workshop

On the 18th of June the PACE team attended the DOVE BodyThink Educator Training. DOVE BODYTHINK is an evidence based prevention program that aims to build the Self-Esteem, Positive Body Image and Media Literacy Skills in young people aged 11-14.


This has helped me to focus on my strengths, rather than my weaknesses Niral, aged 13


My students found this really useful and, surprisingly, I feel better about myself too Nikki, teacher


To organise this FREE workshop for your classroom, community organisation or sporting club please contact us on 8159 1400.


PACEtv Goes Live

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Image_RecoveryThe PACE team have recently launched the first two episodes of their brand new multimedia program PACEtv.

The new online documentary series aims to help South Australians with Panic Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive and Eating Disorders.

“PACEtv will provide individuals, families and communities real life guidance, insight and hope from individuals and families who have made the journey to recovery,” says PACE Manager Chris Chalubek.

“We have interviewed individuals, families and professionals to create video resources that offer experiences of hope and recovery in their own words and highlight the power of lived experience.”

Heather Nowak, featured in the first documentary, talks of her OCD that emerged in her early teens and went away in her late teens. It then returned when she was in her mid 20s after the birth of her first daughter.

“I would have a list of things by my bed of what I had to clean the next day which included 20-30 showers,” she says.

Her list included washing doorframes, floors and beds. If she had to go out the cleaning would take her 7-8 hours. With the help of an understanding GP and mental health nurse she began her road to recovery.

“While everyone has a way of helping, it is about finding the person who connects to you,” Heather says.

The first two episodes focus on panic anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, with later episodes to focus on eating disorder recovery and the experience of friends and relatives.


Watch the videos here.

PACE Support groups expanded for 2015

teamwork hands together over a blue skyPACE Support groups will be expanded in 2015 to include closed groups in Adelaide’s west, south and central areas. Locations are still being finalized so stay tuned for more information about the support group nearest to you.

In 2015 PACE will still offer open support groups for panic anxiety, OCD and eating disorder support, but we will also begin a program of closed support groups that will run a 12 week support and recovery maintenance program, where participants will have direct access to lived experienced peer workers who will assist and guide participants to expand their general knowledge and understanding of a range of recovery approaches including ongoing recovery maintenance strategies.

These closed courses will function as a general introduction to the principles of recovery for new comers, and a support and maintenance enhancement service for those that have already completed a course of therapy with a trained mental health worker.

Our new 12 week closed group programs are not designed to replace the knowledge and expertise of a trained psychologist or psychiatrist, but they can help you to gain additional perspective and strength in your personal recovery journey.