The South East Junction Millicent Branch – a volunteer’s perspective
If you had told me six years ago when I was completely lost to my mental health issues and unable to leave my house that I would one day be studying mental health and volunteering at The Junction, I would not have believed you. It took many years of hard work for me to re-join the world and interact with people again, and unsurprisingly this left me with a lack of confidence and direction. Whilst I had enrolled in studies, I was finding structuring my time and finding a reason to leave the house each day was missing.
After talking at length with my job network about my future goals (to find paid employment in the mental health sector and help others like me) I was provided with details about The South East Junction, Mental Health Activity and Resource Centre with the suggestion that I may be able to assist in a volunteer capacity.
In September 2018 I met with Nel Jans (a truly inspirational woman) who ran through The Junctions almost 10-year history and goals for the future. With programs at the time running in Mount Gambier, Penola and Millicent a place was found for me in Millicent as a volunteer peer support worker.
I must confess to being quite terrified when I arrived for the first time at the Millicent group, but was immediately put at ease by the warm welcome from the members and other volunteers. The safe and supportive environment of The Junction, the activities and education on offer make a real difference in the lives of both members and volunteers alike.
So far in my time with The Junction I have attended lectures and demonstrations on a multitude of practical topics including health, cleaning, OCD, hoarding, essential oils, local history and mindfulness just to name a few.
I have participated in game days, multiple craft projects, art projects, health walks, gym workouts and excursions to historical buildings, nature reserves and local sites of interest.
I have taken advantage of low-cost educational courses, enjoyed contributing to the Flying High kite festival during Mental Health Awareness Week and had fun selling our member made handcrafts at The Junctions annual Christmas market.
After assisting for a few months with the sessions on offer in Millicent, I have recently started running Mindfulness sessions with the Millicent group. I had no idea the pleasure this would bring me and seeing our members benefit from this has given me a real sense of achievement.
Knowing that I am contributing to such a wonderful organisation has boosted my self-confidence, and volunteering has given me a reason to keep structured hours, introduced me to likeminded people and others from different walks of life. I have made new friends, learned new things and gained conformation that working in mental health is what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I am continuingly inspired by Nel’s dedication to The Junction and mental health in general, as well as the stories from members and volunteers. When you talk with the members and volunteers it is easy to see the importance of the service we provide. For a lot of us our time at the Junction is the highlight of our week.
As The Junction heads rapidly towards its 10th anniversary I would like to thank Nel and all involved with the Junction for their continued dedication and I look forward to being involved for many years to come.
I would just like to thank the Millicent group and the Mt Gambier group for having me come visit at The Junction to talk about essential oils… All I can say is that I’m blown away by such an organisation that is run by volunteers, this really warms my heart. I wish I had known about this group years ago when I was at my lowest, suffering extreme anxiety and depression, but that’s ok its been a journey and has got me to where I am today. I’m just so glad right now at this moment, that I’ve had the opportunity to introduce doTERRA’s Essential Oils to you all, and the majority of you have enjoyed the experience and have something to take home with you from our session… whether it be a smile, a roller bottle, or new knowledge on essential oils.
I thoroughly enjoyed both sessions in Millicent and Mt Gambier, you were all such a lovely bunch and I’m really looking forward to coming back again one day.
I started my journey with doTERRA in October 2016 and I use the essential oils on a daily basis, which helps me get through the day and support my moods and emotions. In Jan 2017 I did a few classes and workshops and I haven’t stopped since. I love to empower others to take responsibility for themselves and give these natural solutions a try. The oils are so versatile and can be used in many ways… from flavouring food dishes, first aid, supporting our children and low tox cleaning in the home. And the overall health of myself and my family has been so much better.
Kind regards, Mel Beggs
A Beginner at Meditation and Mindfulness
On the first day of the 8 week course ran at the Junction off Mindfulness and meditation I had no idea at all who would be there, what to do or say I had no idea that there was any course for meditation but there was. I sat there didn’t say a thing to except who my name was I didn’t care that I was the youngest there.
By the end of a couple of weeks I would start to say things and speak to other people in the group and I had notice that hey this isn’t too bad after all, I knew that I had to stick to attending each session and doing or practicing the meditation at home.
I started meditation in the night time and the first thing in the morning so it doesn’t matter what time off the day you meditate providing that you do it on a daily basic. I also bought colouring books to help with the relaxing or stress in between doing the meditation.
I have meet some wonderful people in the group I thoroughly recommend people to give it a go it’s a great way to try and distress I meditate daily and I’m going to continue with the meditation as I know what to do. It won’t happen overnight but plenty of practice over a period of time you will get used to doing the meditation daily like I have .
I thoroughly enjoyed the 8 weeks off the course meeting different people and making friends and learning how to meditate which I could never ever do so I highly recommend this for people to try. As I said practice will be perfect and you will fill heaps calm and relaxed as well.
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