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A Note From Skylight CEO - Paul Creedon

A Note From Skylight CEO - Paul Creedon

Earlier today I received a call from Mrs Lan Le, the wife of SA's Governor Hieu Van Le, who phoned to express her thanks to Skylight Mental Health for its ongoing work to support people living with a mental illness, particularly during the current COVID19 pandemic.


Mrs Le, before her retirement, was a social worker in mental health and she recounted to me several referrals she had made to Skylight and the great outcomes for those people which had always given her a positive view of Skylight and its services.

She congratulated us on our ability to continue providing services and also for creating and building new services and opportunities. She specifically highlighted the Skylight videos that had been created and posted online as evidence of our value and resilience in this difficult time.

We spoke at some length acknowledging that the quality of an organisation like Skylight is demonstrated daily by the actions of its staff and their interactions with participants, and she asked me to pass on her thanks to all of the staff at Skylight for our ongoing work and commitment to people with a mental illness.


I, and the Board, have no difficulty in seconding this and also thanking all of the staff for their commitment, flexibility and creativity.


Paul Creedon
CEO


Click here to view a message from His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia: 
COVID-19: A MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR TO THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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7 tips for when you're feeling overwhelmed by the NDIS process

7 tips for when you're feeling overwhelmed by the NDIS process

 Overwhelmed by the NDIS process? Here are some tips to help get you through the application and planning phases.

Going through the application and planning processes for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be daunting, but there are ways to make the process less stressful. Here's what we came up with.


Write it down

There are dozens of potential questions you might have surrounding the NDIS application and planning processes. Instead of them swimming around in your head, get them down onto paper. Perhaps even sort them out into a priority of most urgent to least urgent. Start having a go at them yourself – what do you think? What do you already know about the topic? Getting your thoughts onto paper can help to clarify what information you are going to need.


Talk to someone

Now that you have written down your questions and thoughts, it's time to talk to someone. Maybe you have a support worker who is working on your application with you. Bring your thoughts and questions to your next session and they can support you to find the answers. If you don't have a support worker, you may have a carer or someone you know who can act as 'support buddy' with you to help you understand the processes. Skylight has a Customer Relations Team that can be accessed over the phone or in-person and they can talk to you about all things NDIS. Alternatively, you might call the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for some answers. Waiting on the phone line is not everyone's favourite thing, but put your phone onto loud-speaker, make a cup of tea or do the dishes while you wait and someone will be there to take your call. Make sure you note down the answers to your questions so that you can refer back to them in in the future.


One step at a time

When thinking about the NDIS application processes as a whole, it can certainly seem overwhelming. However, remember that you need only to focus on the next thing. With your support worker, carer or support buddy, divide up the tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks, make an application process action plan and even put tasks in a diary or calendar so that you know exactly when you are going to address each one.


Come to an NDIS café/workshop/talk

Feeling stuck? You're not the only one. Seek out NDIS information sessions in your area so that you can be part of the information sharing that is happening in your community. Skylight runs information sessions as well as an NDIS café in various locations – visit our website for more details or give us a call!


Research, research, research

The NDIA's website can seem like a lot to take in, however, a little bit of searching might just lead to some fact sheets and FAQs that are relevant to you. You might want to go through them with your support worker, carer or support buddy – to get it straight in your mind. It's also important to get to know the language used by the NDIA to improve your chances of gaining access to the scheme. Phrases such as "psychosocial disability" "permanent and lifelong", "significant functional limitations" and "cannot do" are all phrases that will make sense to the NDIA when processing your application.


Organise your paperwork

As with most administrative tasks, staying organised helps. You might find it useful to keep papers in labelled folders, stick post-it notes as reminders and make copies or scans of important documents. Whichever way you know how, keeping organised is a good way to alleviate anxiety and help you to feel less overwhelmed.


Stay focused on your goals

Ultimately, the NDIS process is about identifying what is important to you to get the support that you need. Keep focusing on what it is you want out of the NDIS and keep talking about these goals with anyone helping you to apply for the NDIS. Having a clear idea about what kind of services you need will hopefully help you to stay on track.


Photo by Kelli McClintock

Unsplash - @kelli_mcclintock

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Together - National Reconciliation Week

Together - National Reconciliation Week

The title of my piece is 'Together', this means walking, talking and doing together for a bright hopeful future. Since childhood I have heard of stories from the indigenous communities' and they say that the earth is their mother and they are the custodians of her. 

I wanted to show that I feel the same way.

Together we can walk the path of colours in our beautiful land, from the amazing colours in the sky, flora, land and the beautiful turquoise colour of our seas and ocean. Cherishing the native species of plant life that is left as 90% of the Noarlunga area has been wiped out. The diversity of our country from the scrublands and forests to our magnificent red river gums not to mention our incredible wildlife that is so unique.

There is nowhere in the world like this land.

The two hands coming together are indigenous and non-indigenous peoples both with knowledge and a readiness to work together in projects and group discussions to care for and protect everyone and everything that is this land. Under the night sky, the southern cross is of great significance, when it is low in the sky it indicates that the emu is sitting on his eggs, eggs are is a symbol of new life, fertility and hope it is also a time for foraging. The emu and kangaroo are on the coat of arms and can only move in a forward direction, my hope and dreams are for all of us to move forward together.

Artwork and words by Toni Dallow, 2020
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