Claire* (23) struggled with the transition from teenager to adulthood, but thanks to the help and support of the team at the Mater Young Adult Health Centre, she has found the confidence to take on vocational training and she is looking to move out of home. Claire’s mother Patricia* says she is amazed at the progress her daughter has made in a short space of time.
Claire was born with a chronic lifelong illness, and has also been impacted by bouts of depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Due to her emotional and medical health conditions, she missed out on a great deal of school over the years and was unable to form lasting friendships or develop the skills she needed for life outside of hospital.
Since attending the Mater Young Adult Health Centre, Claire said, “I can access psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists plus my doctors, nurses, and care team all in the one location. This has made a profound impact on my life, as I never would have been able to cope with accessing such support services on my own.”
Claire has found a safe and non-judgemental space in the Mater Young Adult Health Centre, with access to understanding mental health professionals who were very easy to talk to.
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*this is a real patient story, but names have been changed for privacy.