1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you led you to the clubhouse
I found out about Clubhouse through Partners in Recovery (PIR) and was encouraged to give it a try. I was feeling isolated and was looking to connect with people and be around them but didn’t know how to go about it. When I got to Clubhouse it was so welcoming, people were so helpful, and everyone was treated with respect and as individuals. There are so many opportunities to share with other members and to talk.
2. What were /have been your biggest challenges on your personal mental health journey
The biggest challenge for me has been my inability to support myself. I find it hard not being independent and relying on help from others.
3. Tell us about your experience at clubhouse and how this may have helped you
Clubhouse has given me the drive to get out of the house and do something good for me. I’ve now got friends – I lost a lot of friends through my mental health recovery journey but at Clubhouse there are so many people you can talk to. I love coming to Clubhouse – you can smile at people and they smile back. You can ask a question and someone will always answer. Clubhouse has given me the want and the will to go out, try new things and get on with my life.
4. What would you say to anyone who is considering joining Clubhouse
I would say – come with me! I can’t encourage you enough. Whatever you are dealing with, there is something at Clubhouse for everyone. If you are having a bad day and don’t want to be around lots of people you can go outside and enjoy the garden. If you want to learn something new and be active, there is always something for you to do.
5. What positive advice or inspiring words would you give to someone who is struggling
Don’t ever give up, it will get better.