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Welcome to Recovery Discovery:

May 2020

We hope this second edition of the RC newsletter finds you safe and well.

Read on for information on Recovery Camp Online, Rally's Recovery Tips, RC Family in Focus and more! 

The green group celebrating their success at Scramble in January.
Activity: with the aim to score points by spelling words on the board, two teams compete in a game between Scrabble and a Scavenger hunt where each team must work together to use a map and send a pair of seekers to find letters.

- Communication, teamwork, problem-solving, strategy, FUN! -


RC In Real Life
Recovery Camp is working to continue camps as soon as it is safe. We are hopeful that July camp will go ahead, if anything changes we will update you. If you have any enquiries feel free to get in touch. Until then, the team at RC is implementing ways to stay connected.

12 May - Virtual RC Coffee Catch Up
You are invited to a video coffee catch up on Tuesday, May 12 at 11.00 am via Zoom. This way, we can still see each other despite the cancellation of May camp. We will chat over a hot drink in our individual households, play some ice breaker games and wear a funny hat. We'd love to see you, so add this to your calendar now and let us know you're interested. The link to join the meeting is here and click attending on the Facebook event to stay up to date.

Get Social Online
We now have a closed, Facebook group for participants wanting to connect online with RC and other participants peer-to-peer. The RC Support and Connection Space was created to facilitate the benefits of positive social interaction consumers experience at camp online.

Wellbeing Workshops - 5 Part Online series on Self Determination in Recovery
RC is trialling a series of online workshops at the end of the month with an aim to open the opportunity to more participants in the future. More info on this coming soon!
Follow the links below to connect with us on social media:
Like RC on Facebook
Follow RC on Instagram
Follow RC on Twitter

RC Family in Focus: Kaylene

Q. What is your favourite activity at camp?
A. Giant Swing.

Q. When you're not at camp, what do you like to do?
A. Having coffee with friends, craft and crocheting.

Q. What is your funniest RC moment?
A. Once during the Alpine Rescue activity, a fellow participant Bec popped out of a barrel she was hiding in to surprise our group. We all got a great laugh from that.

Q. What have you learned about yourself at RC?
A. I've learned that I can do things I never thought I'd be able to do, like the flying fox and giant swing. I've got more confidence to do things like talking to new people too because I never used to.

Q. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A. Chocolate. 

Thank you Kaylene for being such a wonderful part of the RC family.

Learning from Lived Experience: 

Experiences of living with mental ill-health are transformed into meaningful education moments which empower consumers, boost self-confidence and assist recovery. Be inspired by resilience.

"Any negative feelings and stigma I had attached to mental illness was now gone and I have the consumers at Anglesea Recovery Camp to thank for that. I will be forever grateful that I was privileged enough to spend a week living alongside people with a lived experience of mental illness. It has allowed me to really see a person for who they are, regardless of any diagnosis of mental illness. I loved being able to sit and have a meal with consumers while asking questions about their day-to-day life. I really valued talking with them while they were well as you don’t get this kind of experience anywhere, especially not on a ward. I had never considered taking my career into mental health until now."

- Jemma, Student Nurse (2019)

Rally's Recovery Rules

I love talking to people and making new friends at camp. To help me stay positive and sustain mental wellbeing I am remembering to reach out via technology to connect with others. 

Why not have an online coffee date like me?
It's great, I don't even have to get dressed 😂

Follow my Instagram @theadvetnuresofrally 

2020 Camp Dates

July 27-31 (NSW)

September 21-25 (VIC)

October 5-9 (NSW)

December 14-18 (NSW)

Many of us are understandably feeling a heightened sense of anxiety right now, so if you are struggling please follow this link to reach out for Mental health services and support.

For correct news and advice about COVID-19 please only use trusted sources like the NSW Government Health website.
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