selectwellbeing: Lana's triumph
28th October 2020
From group participant to peer support worker. Lana’s selectwellbeing story is one of triumph and transformation.
Lana was living a fulfilling life working as a veterinary nurse until things took a dramatic turn when struggles with her mental health meant she could no longer work.
In her search for support she was introduced to selectwellbeing Groups and she says the program has turned her life around.
Ten months in and Lana is filled with hope, enthusiasm and a positive outlook.
“I was terrified, the first couple of times I attended the groups but the peer support workers helped me get over my fears and build my confidence. They had more faith in me than I had in myself when I first joined,” Lana said.
The selectwellbeing group program is research-based and recovery-focused. The aim is to
rebuild strong mental health foundations, provide opportunities to reconnect and engage in activities that provide hope and purpose.
From gentle walks, to yoga and recovery through artistic expression using craft and journaling, the program encourages open discussions to reduce stigma around mental health and create a sense of community.
From those first nervous sessions, Lana has experienced a journey of transformation.
Not only has her mental health benefited but she has been inspired to study, gaining a Certificate III in Community Services through selectability Training and now offers support to help others.
“I was able to complete my certificate and make a career out of it,” Lana said.
“Now I’m part of the selectability team – working as a peer support worker on the program that has supported me through my recovery.
“It was difficult to start again, going from working with pets to people. It has been a big change but a good one!
“The whole recovery process and experienced has changed my life.”
selectwellbeing Program Coordinator Sarah said it was inspiring to see Lana gain self-confidence and embrace every aspect of her recovery journey.
“The program provided Lana with a safe and welcoming environment where there was no judgement where she was able to flourish,” Sarah said.
“It helped her raise self-awareness which is one of her best attributes, it has built her sense of purpose and filled her with hope.”
Lana says the whole recovery process has changed her life and she is now more open to possibilities.
“I emerged on the other side with more resilience and stronger than I thought I ever was. I’m on my way to being independent again. I wanted to turn my life around, and I can safely say I have succeeded. selectwellbeing Groups has played a major role in in where I am today.”
selectwellbeing is available to case-managed individuals in the Townsville and North West Hospital and Health Service areas.