#059 – The Seaford Program

About ten years ago I found accommodation in a mental health program that supported people with mental illness issues. Now that I look back at my time there I cringe. It was like being at school again. I was put into a unit with a guy called Matt. He was a nice but complicated chap. Years later we were to live together in a rental in Frankston and we are are still mates even though we don’t see each other anymore. At the time he was having difficulties with his schizophrenia and sported a beard and long hair. We got along mostly because we were both drinkers and became drinking buddies. These days he is sober and doing AA.

I met some characters during this two year period. I made friendships but none of them lasted. One of my mates I lived with killed himself, one was a heroin addict and almost everyone there smoked pot on a daily basis. I think I lived with half a dozen different people – all of them unwell.

The program was structured so there would be activities to do during the day. I was allocated a case manager who would often go out for coffee with me and come around to my unit for a chat. I went through a couple of these people. We would be forced to attend groups which I hated. Most of the time I would be hungover from both booze and medication. It was always a group of us who attended these activities and I felt like I was part of a freak show every time we were in public. I was unwell but some of the people in the group were embarrassingly psychotic.

I hate being told what to do and I often had to fight the programs management. One of my other frustrations was how they monitored how much we were drinking. I was an adult! It was like living at home with my parents.

At the end of the day it was a roof over my head and cheap rent. I definitely don’t miss it. Since then I have lived in shared accommodation with over twenty different people. Some worked out but most didn’t. If I had my way I would live by myself. This would be ideal but costly for someone on a pension.

Published by aperfecttool83

I'm a 37 year old who lives in Melbourne Australia. I have many interests but I want to base this blog on my mental health. I have schizophrenia, depression & anxiety. I have 15 years experience with psychiatrists and I have had close to 20 hospital admissions. I plan on writing about my delusions, voices, paranoia, depression and how to deal with them psychiatrists :) I really hope this blog can help someone. Please feel free to contact me and I promise to get back to you. Have a nice day!

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