my depression

I am happy to say that my depression left me towards the end of 2012 and hasnt come back.

I cant remember when it lifted, but I am very relieved.

It makes such a difference.

That was when I realised that my energy levels werent related to my depression and that something else was not working properly.

When I read some of your blogs and see that you are still struggling, I wish I could tell how I got rid of my depression, so yours would go away as well.

I dont know how long it has gone for if it will come back, as it has come back a few times and this last bout was about two and a half years.

Fingers crossed it never comes back or at least I get a good break from it, so I dont have to struggle with life so much.

The only positive of experiencing depression, anxiety and panic attacks, is it has made me more aware of what other people are going through and more understanding of people in general.

So I want to help others with similar issues, as I know about the stigma from those in society who have been lucky enough not to experience what we go through, so therefore thing we are all a bit crazy.

I do my Induction Course for  Compeering early February and then at some point St. Vincents will find someone suitable and I can become there companion and hopefully help them get back into society.  Most of the people that are in this program suffer from Schizophrenia or Bi Polar.  I will keep you updated on my Compeering.

 

the first step

I finally had my interview for the Compeer volunteer job.

The lady was really nice and it seemed to go well.

The next step for them is to do a police check, but as I already work for Government I have had one before, so that should not be an issue.  I dont think I have broken law since 🙂

Next February I do an Induction Course for 1 day.

When they find someone compatible, I have to meet their therapist and then if all that goes well, I meet the person.

Most people who require a “friend” have been struggling with Bipolar and Schizophrenia.  I read a few blogs here that are written by people with Bipolar and read a few autobiographies as well, so am more familiar with this.  I will have to read up on the Schizophrenia a bit more.

A very long process, which will make sure that all goes well.

There is also a Suicide Awareness course I could do next year, which sounds interesting.  It will be interesting to see it from the counseling side rather than the person thinking about it.

Should all be very interesting.

 

a suprise in my inbox

As I was sorting through my inbox I found two awards!

Two nominations for the One Lovely Bog Award from Anxious Elephant and alwaysallegoric .  Thank you so much 🙂

Here are the rules:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2.  List seven random things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

14 Things About Me (as I was nominated twice) :

1.  No.1 is always going to be how much I love my kitties – Neo & Morpheus.

2.  Byron Bay is one of my most favourite places to visit.

3.  I learn fencing.

4.  I am just starting to learn kung fu.

5. Summer is my favourite season.

6.  I think Paris is the most beautiful place in the world (at night).

7.  I have just transitioned to the dark side (Apple Mac).

8.  I love the Japanese culture.

9.  I have travelled to Sth. Africa, Mauritius, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Bali, Thailand (twice), Japan and New Zealand.

10.  I love my new blog friends and the support you all bring each other, including me.

11. I work in I.T.

12.  I think pensioners in Australia deserve a better pension, as they have done their bit for the country and deserve it.

13.  My favourite computer game is Manhunt.

14.  I love sleep.

Now for my nominations, it is hard to only pick 15, but here goes :
1.  Seeking Africa

2.  Forcing Myself Happy

3.  Persephone Ascends

4.  Infinite Sadness… or Hope?

5.  The Quiet Borderline

6.  Recovering Anorexic

7.  Riding the Wavez

8.  Emily Cooks Vegan

9.  Simple Cherishes

10.  Cristian Mihai

11.  BipolarandBreastless

12.  Bipolar, Actually

13.  Cauldrons & Cupcakes

14.  Seasons of April

15.  midnightdemons7

I have picked people who werent already nominated by Anxious Elephant and alwaysallegoric, so picked some of my other favourites instead.

Thank you again 🙂

Happy blogging.