A turtle cannot move forward if it doesn't put its head out. That is exactly what a number of carers of loved ones with a mental illness have done in starting Naradell Inc born from a shared vision and passion to make a difference in mental health on the Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Imagine, for a moment, a young person in the prime of life with loving family and friends, doing well academically, in sport or in the workforce with their whole life ahead of them, full of promise and hope.
Then, WHAM, something happens to their brain through trauma, grief, an accident, substance use or simply genetics. Their whole life, and the life of their family, is turned upside down.
Confusion, despair, anger, grief and frustration are among some of the feelings that take on a life of their own not only for the affected person but also for the family and friends Unlike a physical injury or illness you cannot see an illness affecting a person's mental health but it is every bit as debilitating.
Naradell's intention is to support those with mental health disorders regain their momentum and interest in life and to move forward with confidence, feeling safe and supported. Through many years of shared involvement with our loved ones, experiencing first hand the lack of continuity and variety of activities that the clinical model offers through the hospital system and the problem of funding and time restraints with various organisations, Naradell will work steadily and surely in making certain that continuity of care will always be at the forefront of any decision that is made.
The NDIS has made a difference but it has also brought many frustrating moments and tension as support organisations and carers adjust to this new system. There is still a great need for quality accommodation and purposeful activities.
Naradell's dream came from much observation, listening and experiences by the founding carers. We recognise that nurture comes from nature where people are given the opportunity to experience community at its best - working, playing, learning, growing alongside each other, respecting one another and the environment. Healing then happens in its own good time.
Our vision is threefold. We intend to establish Naradell Farm where there will be no time limit on people who come to stay. It could be weeks, months or longer. When a person feels ready to leave they will be given all the assistance necessary.
Our vision also expands to an urban activity centre, Naradell Hub, which we see as fitting well with the Farm vision.
We also constantly hear people saying they are unaware of services, facilities, activities that already exist here on the Sunshine Coast. They often don't know where to turn for assistance. This is why we have already established the Naradell Iinformation Centre and Resources on our website but will extend this to a bricks & mortar presence so people can receive information on a friendly face to face basis.
We will strive to make Naradell Farm and Naradell Hub world class facilities in making a positive difference.
People need TIME to reflect, understand, and heal; SPACE to feel safe. to engage, to create; GROWTH will then come in one's acceptance, abilities, purpose and to move on in one's life.
We are prepared for the long hours of dedicated work involved in bringing this dream to fruition.