SUZANNE

Bipolar Type I

From Brisbane, Australia

My name is Suzanne Dang. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I. I want to give back to the community through the Wellness Empowerment Movement, and be a positive role model and voice for those who are struggling with mental health issues. 

 

I stayed at CCU (Community Care Unit) for almost two years - it was a mental health rehabilitation place - there I learnt to manage my medications, budgeting, cooking, and maintaining exercise on a regular basis.

 

I am now living by myself through government housing, and dealing with everything (that was mentioned above) and I am independent too. I am a recipient of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) as well - the NDIS helped me increase my confidence by providing driving lessons for me - I can happily and confidently say I am able to drive again - alone too. I exercise 3-4 times a week - exercise is crucial and important for my health well-being - mind, body and soul.

 

I also have a partner, who is really supportive and brings out the best in me. 

 

When I am unwell, I hear voices and feel suicidal and need to go to hospital.

 

My hobbies include doing art, and exercise. I'm currently working full-time in Mental Health - as a Peer Support Worker, and I mainly teach art to adults with severe and complex mental health issues.

 
The idea of meeting new people through the Wellness Empowerment Movement highly interests me. I love to share my story in a positive, empowering and vulnerable way in the hope  it will help others. 

 

I love to network with others, I am quite a natural at meeting people and introducing others as well. I also love and am attracted to the idea that I will learn something new through being a WEMbassador as well. I believe in life-long learning.