What’s Out There Day

What's Out There DayOn Wednesday 9 December The Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre held their third What’s Out There (WOT) Day for 2015.

As usual, it was a fantastic day with an excellent BBQ lunch, a number of interesting displays and a wheelchair handball demonstration.

There was also a panel, which featured a number of people with spinal cord injuries who live full lives. Nazim (Naz) Erdem from SPIRE/AQA was the convener of the panel and did a great job in highlighting people’s successes (and challenges) through his thoughtful questions.

The panel talked about their rich and varied lives and it was clear to see the positive impact these stories had on those listening. For those with a newly acquired spinal cord injury (SCI), to hear firsthand from the panel about their struggles, as well as how they overcame these issues was really insightful.

Those on the panel also discussed how important it is for people with an SCI to meet other wheelchair users and people with a spinal cord injury. Such relationships are hugely valuable socially, as well as providing an opportunity to learn.

Naz also touched on mental health issues with the panel. A number of people talked honestly about their struggles with depression and anxiety, as well as how much counselling had helped them. Naz brought people’s attention to the support groups and counselling that are offered through Independence Australia.

If you, a family member or client is experiencing depression or anxiety, please visit our Psychology webpages for more information on counselling and the many psychoeducational groups we offer.