I am a 61-year-old woman. I am a survivor of multiple trauma experience which has been extremely challenging throughout my life. In my past, I’ve basically been alone as it felt safe and secure – I’ve isolated many times to a point that it became dangerous.

My support people invited me to this camp. At first, I was extremely hesitant about coming to meet with people I have never met. I was completely used to being alone always. But, I thought of my recovery and putting myself out of my comfort zone would help me grow stronger and more confident.

When I arrived at the camp, I was quite a bit scared –
worried – because of the number of consumers around the camp. Now being here
for a few days, I’m learning to put more trust in people, I feel more confident
and safer. I feel my journey in recovery at this camp – that I have made 10
steps forward and no steps backward, which is a huge improvement in my life.

At the beginning, the students and consumers are placed in
groups and all the activities are spent together as one. The activities build
trust, I made new friends. Being here has taught me strategies to help me with
my recovery at home. The camp has brought forward some of my strengths from
within – it has improved my everyday lifestyle which I’ll never let go of.

The nursing staff and YMCA staff and facilitators are awesome and understanding and caring. I have no words  – this has forever touched my heart.

I’m forever grateful for the time spent at Recovery Camp.

I’ll be back with my recovery family soon.

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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