Peer Support

Wider Mental Health Perspective on Eating Disorders, Depression & Anxiety

Check out this fantastic article from Beyond Blue on the National Eating Disorders Collaboration website.

It has links to a great factsheet and also a new beyondblue ‘how to have a conversation’ webpage.  The link is below.

PACE is a recommended organisation to contact for help on the factsheet

Click here to check out the article.

Meet the PACE team

What’s in a name?

The PACE team is made up of Support Workers and Peer Support Workers, but what’s the difference?

Support Workers work to provide support and counselling services for those recovering from an anxiety disorder. They may be a qualified counsillor, or have experience from working in another area of mental health or community service.

Peer Support Workers perform many of the same duties as Support Workers, but they draw much of their knowledge from a lived experience of Panic Anxiety, OCD or an Eating Disorder. Peer Support Workers draw on the experience of their own recovery and use it to provide help and support to those in recovery, as well as advising their colleagues in the PACE team about what it’s like to live each day with an anxiety disorder.

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Anne W

Anne is a PACE Support Worker based at our Seaton office. She has been ‘enjoying the challenge of working in the PACE Program because it is new to Centacare and involves setting up Recovery Support Groups in the north, south and city as well as providing telephone and face to face brief counselling.’

Tom S

Tom is a PACE Peer Worker with lived experience of Panic Anxiety. Tom is currently looking forward to the start of the northern support groups, where he’ll helping PACE clients with their recovery and sharing his own story of Panic recovery.

Lisa H

Lisa is a PACE Peer Worker based at Seaton. For Lisa, recovery means striving for ‘what I want in life rather than engaging in old thoughts and behaviours,’ and striving always ‘to have confidence in myself and my abilities.’

Stay tuned to meet more of the Pace team in future editions of the PACE newsletter.

Roads to Recovery

Motivated by the principals of Recovery PACE services:

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  • foster hope
  • acknowledge self direction
  • focus on strengths and wellbeing
  • focus on the relationship
  • are holistic 
  • offer peer support 
  • acknowledge recovery is ongoing
  • foster ownership and responsibility 
  • promote social inclusion

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.

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.

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.