News & Events

Changes at One Door – A Message from Recovery College Manager, Jayke Burgess

As we come into the holiday season, One Door Mental Health and therefore Western Sydney Recovery College are going through an important restructuring process to self-organising teams. This means that our service will no longer have a manager, and we are unfortunately losing Jayke Burgess (me!). I am saddened by this but also excited for One Door’s future and the important steps being made.

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Helping people improve their health & live longer! – Invitation to participate in research

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are investigating the role that Community Managed Organisations (CMOs) play in improving the physical health of consumers with a lived experience of a mental health issue. As someone who accesses support from One Door we are interested in hearing about your experiences with the service, particularly around any care provided for your physical health.

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Schizophrenia Patient Value Mapping Study

One Door Mental Health have partnered with SANE and CaPPRe, an independent research organisation, to conduct research with people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia for over 12 months.

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Turn Up, Tune In, Switch Off – Mental Health Month 2020

Whether we are working remotely or on-site, COVID-19 has changed the way we work. Often during virtual meetings, we get distracted by day-to-day things and end up multitasking when we shouldn't, and zoning out when we should be tuning in.

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Moving to an Online World – One COVID Challenge – Video

Sometimes the idea of joining in a workshop online can be a bit daunting. It can be challenging to adapt to the different format of attending or running a workshop online. People are looking at you through your video. It's not the same as a face-to-face class. How can you make time to do an online activity if you’re a carer? How can you do group work over Zoom?

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Term 3 COVID-19 Update from Jayke Burgess, Recovery College Manager

As you are likely aware, there has been ongoing COVID-19 cases in NSW. We have been challenged by the constant changes and are trying to make decisions based on the needs and safety of our community and staff. After much discussion and labouring over the decision, we have decided to continue all courses in an online format for this term.

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Self-care tips for your family in your language #2

As further recognition of the cultural diversity of the Western Sydney area, we have continued adding self-care videos in a variety of languages. These are short videos you can watch and share with family and friends who might benefit from hearing these self-care tips in their first language.

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Self-Care tips in your language

Western Sydney has one of the largest and most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in Australia with over 40% speaking a language other than English at home. So we have been busy working with our One Door Mental Health colleagues from all over NSW to make videos about self-care. We explain why self-care is important and each staff member gives examples of how they are practising self-care.

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Let’s Get Moving to improve our physical & mental health

In this strange time of physical distancing and self-isolation that we find ourselves in, most of us are probably spending much more time in our own homes and on our couches. We may not even be getting the same amount of incidental exercise that we usually would from our everyday routines before COVID-19 impacted our lives.

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Self-care tips from educators and staff

Self-care does not discriminate, we all need to do it. We each use different tools and skills that we can learn a little from each other. Our Educators and staff have shared just a snippet of their journey and how they look after their self-care. #inthistogether

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Student Survey – Your access to technology and the internet

In light of the cancellation of remaining Term 1 workshops due to concern around COVID-19 novel coronavirus and uncertainty about our planned Term 2 schedule, we are launching a survey to involve students in the process of opening up online opportunities for workshops.

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Taking the Theme of Resilience into 2020

Western Sydney Recovery College would like to convey a special thank you to those who were able to make it to our end of year event in December 2019. We had the pleasure of hearing Erin McKinnon from GWS Giants speak to us about resilience and mental illness. It was a privilege to have her share her experiences and stories with us about resiliance, which has been a resounding theme from our students in 2019.

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