Bernard Borserio -
Mental Health Recovery Worker

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Bernard has spent the last three years working in Community Services after completing a psychology degree at university. Bernard was drawn into working “on the ground” to build his real world experience. Since working at Clubhouse, Bernard has worked as a Mental Health Recovery Worker as well as a PIR Support Facilitator and is well known for being the “on call” musician for Clubhouse events or jamming on the verandah. When Bernard isn’t at Clubhouse he is actively avoiding study by playing music with friends or looking after the current round of foster dogs at his home.

Who would play you in a film? A little left of field but I’d pick the middle aged Denzel Washington. I like the thought of him because he has done a lot of “hard boiled” characters but has done them with a lot of style. I think he’d play me well.

If you were planning a music festival, who – dead or alive – would be your headliner? For a festival, I would have Jimmy Hendrix, alive. The past festivals he performed at were so iconic, I think it would be awesome to see him live. I reckon the vibe would be different to today’s festivals so I’d like to be part of that.

You're given an airplane ticket to anywhere in the world – where do you choose to go? I’ve had a small taste of Eastern Europe but would like to go back and explore properly so maybe a ticket to the Czech Republic and then start heading east from there.

What's your favourite memory?  Heading to the beach shack mum and dad have in Western Australia. We would go there for holidays as kids and I remember there was no TV or phones and we would just go to the beach, play in the bush, have a go at fishing and golf and visit the Italian contingent of our family. I still get to go back there now and have taken friends, I love it.

Who is your inspiration? People in science and the history of science really inspires me. When someone looks at something in a non-common sense way, I find that super impressive and a good reminder to not just accept things but to challenge them. I think using this kind of thinking, to look creatively and in a radically different way, is relevant to help people challenge limitations they take for granted. 

You're on a deserted island – what have you brought with you? Vegan mayonnaise and Bear Grylls to do all the work.

Why Clubhouse? What attracted me to work at Toowoomba Clubhouse is that while we work in a serious field, your attitude and practice can be very fun and flexible. I love that we can be creative in our work and there is encouragement where you can have outlandish ideas and we get to put them into action – sometimes with good results and other times they’re spectacular failures but with lots of funny stories and lessons learnt at the other end. I also love the way we connect with the Hospital and Health Services and help be part of someone’s entire recovery journey. It’s exciting to be involved in that journey.