We thank all our members for their loyalty and support throughout 2019 and wish all members, friends and allies a happy and safe holiday season.
Our office will be closed from Close of Business Wednesday 18th December and we will reopen Wednesday January 15th, which means emails and phone messages will not be replied to until we return, while we all take a well deserved break.
Should you have an emotional emergency, or need to talk to someone, please reach out to your usual support people or the emergency services, (a list of emergency numbers is below) We know this time of year can be extra tough for some of us and we send out love to you at this time. Please remember that this tough time will too pass, it’s ok to not be ok sometimes and although it can be hard, reach out, if you need it.
We also know that this time of the year can be a very special, happy and joyful time for people. Enjoy all that comes to you these holidays, have gratitude, take it in and let it fill your hearts with peace, love and happiness.
Much Warmth from the Recovery Rocks Community Management Committee and all our Volunteers xxooxx
In an emergency call 000 or visit your local emergency department
To talk with someone, you can call
Mental Health Emergency Response Line 1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel)
During the month of December, Members, Friends and Allies of Recovery Rocks Community will write and send holiday cards and Letters of Hope to individuals who are voluntarily and involuntarily being held in psychiatric institutions.
Recovery Rocks Community has been inspired by other groups in Victoria, Canberra and around the world doing similar projects and have decided to take up the initiative locally in WA with the ‘December Letters of Hope Project’ which will occur during the month of December 2019. We encourage letter-writers from across WA to participate and join with us.
We will gather on Sunday 8th December, 2pm to 4pm at Dome Café, 219 Railway Pde, Maylands WA. Together we will write secular holiday cards with messages of hope, healing, and encouragement to our friends in psychiatric institutions. If you wish to join us on the day, please RSVP by 7th Dec on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile: 0447 641 122
If you are unable to attend but wish to support this initiative, you can write and post your letters to
Letters of Hope, C/O Recovery Rocks Community Inc, PO Box 358, Cannington WA 6987
You can also support the Recovery Rocks Community, December Letters of Hope Project by donating cards, envelopes, stationary or art materials. Please post or contact us to arrange drop off of items for donation.
We invite all who care about those who will find themselves spending their holidays in psychiatric institutions to join us in sending out holiday greetings (cards, notes, art, and letters) to patients in psychiatric confines. Any card or picture or letter sent in the spirit of kindness to a person experiencing psychiatric confinement will mean so much. Your letter of encouragement and solidarity might be the letter that humanizes a patient in an otherwise traumatizing and dehumanizing situation. Your letter might be the one that makes someone who is being treated like no one remember that they are someone, someone very special.
PURPOSE: The RRCi management committee is delighted to give back and thank members for being part of the RRCi mission, and invites people to come and take part in the spirit of renewal and looking forward, in order to connect, reconnect, have fun and meet up with other members while rocking to some music.
Dear Recovery Rocks Community Members, Friends and Allies,
Please find attached our latest newsletter, Exchange, which amongst other community news, features an article on the recent and uplifting Reawaken Australia conference and a poem and article on Do Overs, Learnings of the joys of Neuroplasticity by Trish Tran.
There are many ways RRCI members can be supported. Informal support can include providing opportunities for members to meet socially for a chat about topics which interest them.
This can include chatting about general interests, hobbies, activities, sport, generally anything. The important thing for you to remember is such groups are not ‘therapy’ groups; other than providing members with a chance to be more social.
RRCI is wanting to develop such a group and we now need to hear what you have to say so, we are holding two social group get-togethers on April, Saturday 6 and April, Wednesday 17. The time and place are the same on both dates: 1.00pm to 3.00 at the Canning River Café.
We have included a weekend and week-day meet to give the widest opportunity for members to attend.
What we need to hear from you includes how often should such a group meet; meeting time, location; and comments about the format including possible activities which could be included.
Our latest newsletter, Exchange, invites us to reflect on self love as a recovery tip. We get to know our new activity coordinator Anita a little more and ask members to contact her with their suggestions for new activities. Enjoy and feel free to pass it on to those who may benefit from the information shared.
Thank you all for welcoming me into the Recovery Rocks community, I feel excited about being included into this community and I would love to give some of the skills and knowledge I have gained over the years. I am really looking forward to getting to know other members. I believe combining all our skills and being open to new ones will make our community vibrant where we all can grow and develop.
I would just like to give you all a brief introduction as to who I am and how I have become who I am:
I grew up in Papua New Guinea, my father was an engineering missionary building boats and airstrips. Dad taught me early in life if you want something bad enough, with determination and hard work, anything is possible.
After high school I did an apprenticeship and became a chef. The sky was the limit for me. I moved to London where I met my future husband. We were engaged to be married, returning to Australia we had dreams of developing our own restaurant. When driving to Melbourne we were involved in a major accident and who I was and what I was disappeared in the blink of an eye. I suffered severe brain trauma, remaining in a coma for weeks.
Grief and loss was the story of my new existence, I had lost who I was….
This turned in major depression and I self medicated with alcohol…. life was not worth living…
After many years I rediscovered my faith in God and together we have walked my recovery journey. I married and have two sons who are adults now. I did return to cooking for a number of years to finance my study. I completed a degree in Counselling. I have been employed by Richmond Wellbeing as a Recovery Worker for 8 years. During this time I studied a post grad, in Mental Health Counselling and currently studying for Chaplaincy.
In the last 8 years working in mental health I have met so many very special people and together we walked a path of recovery, though ups and downs. I am so looking forward to contributing now to RRCi and together we can realize how awesome recovery is, Recovery Rocks!