I recently attended recovery camp held at Yarramundi in January 2023.

Although I have long considered my attendance at a camp, it is only in the last 4 years I have more aggressively pushed my plan manager to participate.

I am a long-time sufferer of mental health issues. Over the years, I have received more diagnosis labels than I now care to either recall or recite. I guess it was probably natural, I was excited to arrive at camp, if only rather apprehensive & questioning should I be here? Upon arrival at the camp Recovery Camp staff quickly set about making you feel welcome as an individual, they then explained some basic rules and camp information. The pace of the activities from day 1 is very well planned and kept me engaged and challenged, whilst socialising and feeling both supported and valued. Nurses, students and Recovery Camp staff did their utmost to take time to understand my individual mental health journey and current status. I accept with absolute humble graciousness, the genuine empathy displayed to me by so many, having sympathetically discussed my mental health journey. To meet and bond with fellow participants whilst doing a wide variety of group and individual activities proved stimulating and helped improve my drive throughout the experience. Importantly, over my time at camp I discussed and heard many similarities of treatment including system and process failures from other attendees. There was no intention to deride the current mental health system but to where possible, provide honest, possibly confronting, feedback on the many deficiencies and some positives of one part of our very stretched health system. Activity, fun and connectedness are the main attributes I take with me from participation at Recovery Camp. I believe myself fortunate to have established the blossoms of friendships that I hope will prove on going and it is my hope to attend future camps.

Our Aim

Recovery Camp aims to improve mental health, and mental health care. We want impact now!

Our mission is about you!

Through your connection with Recovery Camp we hope you realise your personal strengths, and your contribution to the mental health and recovery of others.

Recovery Camp

Recovery Camp has been a transformative force in the mental health landscape over the past decade. Celebrating our 40th camp in 2023, this milestone reflects our premier program’s enduring success and sustained impact.

We are driven to broaden our reach and impact, to improve mental health and mental health education, nationally.

Contact us for information about camps in 2024 and 2025.

Acknowledgement of Country

Recovery Camp acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.

Recovery Camp welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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