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Lisa’s Bush Therapy Break-through

Lisa’s Bush Therapy Break-through

Lisa’s* mother struggled with drug addiction, and as a teenager Lisa was diagnosed with multiple mental health disorders.

She cut herself off from others and retreated into her own world.

Like Lisa, 45% of Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetimes[1] and feel its impact in many areas of their lives.

Lisa had been unemployed long enough to develop unhelpful, negative self-talk. She believed that “something was wrong” with her and was trapped in a self-destructive spiral.

Baptist Care SA’s Tumbelin GO program provides case management, career coaching and adventure therapy; helping people to become work ready, by first helping them to become life ready.

The strong link between physical and mental health[2], made the program a particularly good fit for Lisa, who wanted to meet people and become more active to help combat her depression.

Lisa was safely challenged during adventure activities. Successes were celebrated and the notion that deep, lasting learning can be achieved through struggles was introduced. She was encouraged to take this theology from the bush and apply it to her life.

Lisa soon moved from sitting in a far corner during group sessions, to joining in and forming friendships with other participants.

She began a work placement at an animal shelter that she’s “loving” after her career coach noticed her affinity with animals.

Today, Lisa’s feeling hopeful about the future.

“I’ve improved my social skills and my mental health is better. I’m hoping this will help me get work,” she says.

66% of Tumbelin GO participants have been employed, enrolled in training courses and/or work/volunteer placements[3].

To find out more about Baptist Care SA’s Tumbelin GO program click here or contact Team Leader Chris Lemm on 8683 4464 or [email protected]

*Name has been changed



[1] Sane Australia 2016 https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness/facts-and-guides/fvm-mental-illness-basics

[2] People with lived experience of mental ill-health have worse health outcomes than the general population; experiencing lower mortality (14-23 years) and are more likely to die of preventable disease than their peers. Source: Equally Well Consensus Statement. National Mental Health Commission 2016

[3] Empowering Youth Initiatives Progress Report 2018