Ellen

Ellen. Policy Manager. Medical Researcher. Volunteer. Hobby Farmer. Cat Lover.

“I want to find areas that we can push for change and then push for change as hard as we can. Hopefully then we'll have better outcomes for the people accessing our services and people living with a mental illness.”

How did your relationship with One Door start? 

I was looking for a new advocacy role. In particular, I wanted to work in mental health because of my personal ties to it. Having lived with someone with mental illness and then losing that person as a result of their condition, was the reason why I was interested in mental health. Other than that it was because it's one of the only areas in Australia where we are actually getting worse health outcomes rather than seeing an improvement. One example is our suicide rate; we are having extraordinary increases where other countries are seeing decreases. So the need for advocacy is quite obvious.

What do you like best about working with One Door?

The actual commitment to social justice by both the organisation as a whole, and every single staff member seems to live and breathe social justice. I'd like to see a society where we don't put barriers up for people to be well and I believe One Door is working towards this in our passion for social justice.

What are your goals for the future at One Door?

My goals are to find areas that we can push for change and then push for change as hard as we can. Hopefully then we'll have better outcomes for the people accessing our services and people living with a mental illness. I'd like to see a system that works with people rather than requires them to fight against it to actually achieve their personal goals.

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