Fremantle Hospital’s Mental Health Service a life-changer


Elaine Ashurst: I wasn’t enjoying life; I was worrying about worrying.
Elaine Ashurst: I wasn’t enjoying life; I was worrying about worrying.

WHEN Elaine Ashurst first stepped foot inside Fremantle Hospital’s Mental Health Service, it was as a patient.

“I wasn’t enjoying life, I couldn’t sleep, I was worrying about worrying and I didn’t want to see my daughter,” she said.

“I wrote my thoughts and feelings down and concluded my family would be better off without me – I never planned a method of suicide, I just felt compelled to leave.”

Experiencing debilitating anxiety and |insomnia, it was a chance meeting with a friend who convinced her to go to Fremantle Hospital that helped her change her life around.

“I didn’t think I would be admitted, I was totally unaware of how ill I was,” she said.

Two years on and Ms Ashurst is still at Fremantle Hospital but this time is helping others going through the same thing.

“The professional help I received in hospital was invaluable but I would have really benefited from talking to someone with a lived experience, that’s why I’m doing this,” she said. “Being at the hospital keeps me grounded, I am passionate about removing the stigma of mental health issues and working to enhance the services available.

“My recovery journey is continuing and I am thankful to Fremantle Hospital for starting me on it, to my outpatient OT for ensuring I stayed on track and my family for giving me the reason to begin.”

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