Helpful links for children with special needs..

Wonder Moms provides many helpful tips…thanks Christy for sending us all the following links. wondermoms.org. Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/renters-rights-and-housing-assistance-for-people-with-disabilities Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.org/act/life-planning/managing-your-childs-transition-to-adulthood/ Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/home-modifications-young-adults-special-needs Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City? https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/special-needs-checklist-how-disability-friendly-is-your-city Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs...

Medic Alert – Bracelet or Necklace, do you know what to do?

MedicAlert foundation Peace of mind knowing you’re protected with MedicAlert membership Phone: 1300301476 https://www.medicalert.org.au/  – sorry not hyperlinked yet!! If you see someone collapsed:- (1) LOOK for one of these pictured below, a bracelet or a necklace. (2) By doing so, you could very well be saving their life. Most have info regarding allergies and medical conditions such as the ones we all know like type 1 diabetics, epilepsy BUT i have a condition called CCR Catatonic Conversion Reaction. Other’s may have Conversion Disorder or Mental Illness My condition is not common and very few are aware of how to care for and treat me, surprisingly those people are mostly doctors and health professionals. Many times i have  been misdiagnosed with being drunk or seeking attention, sadly the last thing i want is anyone touching me or creating a scene and i am also allergic to alcoholic drinks, swabs etc. Only recently i was treated very badly by a triage doctor who assumed i was drunk or faking the episode. He failed to look at my bracelet along with several others, one doctor was even holding the hand it was on??? These people are incredible in what they have to deal with everyday, especially on previous occasions when i have arrived either in an ambulance or collapsing in their waiting room/s. However very few are not trained in first aide procedures such as DRSABCD, Mental Health first aide AGLEE or NON Violent Intervention, are YOU? Perhaps you may not see the need, but if you work with the public i strongly suggest you start thinking about it. Talk to...

Welcome to 2018

In 2018 it was decided due to a lack of interest we would no longer run ARK gatherings at Bribie Island. Caboolture still meets most months and we have now started up a small group at Buderim. Welfare calls are being made to members who are either unwell or unable to attend gatherings. The ladies are very grateful of the calls. We also collected items from the community to donate to the Mental Health Unit at Nambour General Hospital of which they were very grateful. WHATS HAPPENED in 2017 February gatherings started off with a bit of excitement with ladies unavailable to find our new location at Caboolture and Chloe (my Assistance Dog) escaping from a secured dog park at Centenary Lakes. LOL, she had a glorious time chasing the ducks and me close on her tail. BIG thankyou to the lovely lady Penny who caught a very wet Chloe for me while 3 service men sat and watched. As it was our 4th Birthday we enjoyed cup cakes and lovely coffee bean bags to take home, all supplied by the ladies. We had a lucky dip with $5 gifts and Rachel (Caboolture co-ordinator) provided Book Mark kits for the ladies to take home and make for those less fortunate. In Nambour we meet with the Rotary Garden Village committee at their lovely new club house. With trees in the background, lace cloth and table, it looked wonderful with the chocolate fairy cup cakes. It was a great informative afternoon for all. We later joined a couple of lovely ladies by the pool to hear about their ideas of what the ARK group could do for...

Mental Health First Aid – “World Mental Health Day 10th October”

Mental Health First Aid ACTION PLAN AGLEE A pproach, assess and assist with any crisis L isten non-judgementally E ncourage appropriate professional help E ncourage other supports The MHFA courses teach you how to give mental health first aid using the Action Plan. MHFA courses can provide members of the community with: Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems; Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available; Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem; Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour. Help someone you care about today ... https://mhfa.com.au/...

SIGNS OF A HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

SIGNS OF A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP (Extracted from a SCOPE program)    People in a Healthy Relationship Can be themselves whilst still being together Bring out the best in each other Support each other Don’t attempt to change or control each other Trust one another Have fun together Are comfortable with each other Respect each other’s decisions feelings and thoughts Are honest with each other and themselves Are willing to compromise and work together Accept the good and the bad Can talk openly without ridicule   SIGNS OF AN UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP  People in an Unhealthy Relationship may experience one or more of the following: Needing to be careful around the person to avoid their anger Feeling pressured by the person when it comes to sex Feeling afraid to disagree with the person Having the person always checking up on what they have been doing without them Being made to feel stupid crazy or inadequate Being prevented from going out or doings things that they want Having to do things that please the other person rather than themselves Being unable to spend time with friends or family because of the other person’s jealousy Accepting excuses for the other person’s abusive behaviour eg; ‘they had too much to drink it wasn’t really their fault’ or ‘it has only happened once, it won’t happen again’ IF YOU NEED HELP click on the following:- (Sunshine Coast) SCOPE = Suncoast Cooloola Outreach Prevention & Education...