It all began on Australia Day 2012 with a good old fashioned BBQ. A group of people came together at the invitation of our community founder Amanda Waegeli, to socialise, celebrate, share a meal and talk about Mental Health Recovery.
Amanda, a person of lived experience of personal recovery, had a dream about creating a Peer Led and Peer Run Mental Health Recovery Community where people could come together united on the journey of living their recovery and find acceptance from peers, people who understood, listened, were interested and really cared. It was unanimously agreed upon, that this dream should become a reality, and the journey began.
Now six years on, as an active recovery community we have grown from strength to strength, Peer standing Stronger. We have embraced the diversity of lived experience, and valued the contributions from our members and allies, consumers, carers, family members, workers, professionals, community members and organisations. Together we have offered Peer Support, Advocacy, Friendships and a helping hand to each other, and created opportunities to socialise, grow and learn more about recovery through connections and Recovery Education from Lived Experience Educators and Leaders. We have created a community where people can find hope and give hope, knowing they can find happiness and create their own way of living purposeful and meaningful lives, despite their mental health challenges.