July 10, 2020

Melanie is a nursing student who attended Recovery Camp at Yarramundi in NSW as her mental health placement in January 2020.

“Before attending Recovery Camp at Yarramundi, I was nervous to spend a week away in an unfamiliar environment with people I didn’t know. From the moment I arrived at the pick-up destination to head to the camp, I began forming new friendships with fellow nursing students and people with lived experience of mental illness (consumers).

During Recovery Camp, I initially found it difficult to engage with consumers due to my preconceived notions about mental health and those that suffer from it. We were lucky enough to be surrounded by highly educated mental health nurses that guided and supported us throughout the entire camp. After spending quality time with consumers during each meal of the day and stepping out of our comfort zones in challenging activities like the giant swing, rock climbing, and kayaking, I was able to create therapeutic and trusting relationships.

I discovered that my encouraging and empowering attitude towards consumers provided comfort, allowing me to gain a deeper insight into their confronting life challenges. I remember feeling sad and disappointed in their experiences and interactions with nurses and my view on mental health being challenged and completely transformed. Their stories have inspired me to be a better nurse and person by listening, displaying empathy, and demonstrating compassion towards everyone. Recovery camp was an educational and valuable experience that I would encourage others to participate in as it allowed me to meet new people, step out of my comfort zone and gain confidence while also expand my knowledge and skills around mental health.”

-Melanie, 2020

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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