Support helps Mark pursue his passion

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November 30, 2018

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Mark is happiest with a guitar in hand, but living with disability and mental illness has made it hard for him to pursue his passion.

Not anymore.

Through the guidance of the Uniting team in Ballarat, Mark receives the support he needs to focus on his music.

“I’ve always loved playing the guitar. It’s my creative outlet and my opportunity to have a voice… a musical voice,” Mark said.

“Setting goals and having something to work towards helps me manage my mental health issues.”

Mark accesses the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Through his NDIS plan, Mark has been able to employ an occupational therapist, undertake additional psychology sessions, participate in a ten-week group therapy program, and connect with a song writing program to continue doing what he loves most.

“I couldn’t cope with the scale of the NDIS on my own, so the guidance of my mental health worker from Uniting has been invaluable,” Mark said

“The staff at Uniting always listen to what I have to say. They know I love my music, so they’ve made sure I can access the support I need to continue playing.”

Mark has recorded music for his family and friends, and hopes to share his passion more widely in his local community.

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