Living with a Mental Health Condition | Clayfield House

Clayfield House is Brisbane’s premier supported accommodation facility providing a safe, stable and dynamic community environment for people facing various challenges in life, set within a classic Queenslander

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Assisted Living for those Living with Mental Health Challenges

Clayfield House provides the support and care that is needed to maximise an individual’s potential.

 

At some stage, our residents may have suffered from a form of acquired brain injury, or are living with a mental illness or mental disability.

We actively ensure our residents express their individuality and reach their full potential, whilst becoming part of our community – many of whom have called Clayfield House home for over a decade.

We work hard with our residents to integrate them into society while providing a safe and stable living environment.

Collaboration Brings the Best Results

Our dedicated staff work closely with leading support agencies to ensure that our residents receive the very best in support and assistance from every available resource.
  • Centacare​
  • Micah Projects
  • Disability Services QLD
  • Mental Health
    • Royal Brisbane Hospital (RBH)
    • Mater Hospital
    • Logal Hospital
    • Beaudesert Hotel
    • Princess Alexandria (PA)
    • Prince Charles Hospital
    • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
    • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • UnitingCare
  • My Aged Care
  • Blue Care
  • Footprints
  • Anglicare
  • Lifeline
  • Rotary – Fortitude Valley
  • Public Trust / Adult Guardian

Our Services Include

Clayfield House also offers respite and after care options on enquiry.

​Please contact the Manager for further details, availability or should you have any questions about suitability.

Level III supported accommodation:

We are accredited and regulated as a Level III facility by the Department of Communities under The Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002.

 

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Living with a Mental Health Condition

If you have a mental health condition, you are not alone. Around half of us experience some form of mental health problem at some time in life and 1 in 5 adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year.

Many people are living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression.

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness includes a wide range of conditions that affect how we feel and think. Most of these are first experienced in the late teens or early twenties but may only emerge later in life.

Like many physical illnesses, mental illnesses are thought to arise from the interaction of genetic vulnerability and stresses in life.

Mental illnesses include the more common conditions such as Anxiety and Depressive disorders, as well as the far less common but often more severe conditions such as Schizophrenia and other forms of psychotic illness. Many are also affected by psychological conditions, such as Borderline personality disorder, for example.

  • Mental illnesses vary in how long they affect people: sometimes a single episode, sometimes a lifelong condition.

  • Mental illnesses vary in severity: sometimes transitory, sometimes causing psychosocial disability requiring long-term support.

Aspergers / Autism

Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects how the brain processes information. It shapes a person’s social, emotional and communication skills, and behaviour. Asperger syndrome usually becomes obvious during childhood and remains throughout life, with varying degrees of disability.

There is no cure. However, the skills of a person with Asperger syndrome may be aided by a combination of support, regular routine and therapeutic intervention.

Bipolar Disorder

While we all experience mood changes in response to life's events, some people's moods fluctuate up and down much more than usual.

 

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition with strong changes in mood and energy. One in 50 (1.8%) adult Australians experience bipolar disorder each year.

 

People experiencing bipolar disorder can have:

 

  • depressive episodes: low mood, feelings of hopelessness, extreme sadness and lack of interest and pleasure in things.

  • manic or hypomanic episodes: extremely high mood and activity or agitation, racing thoughts, little need for sleep and rapid speech.

 

These changes in mood can last a week or more, and affect our thoughts and behaviour.

 

It is treatable.

Depression

Depression can happen to anyone and is a common medical condition

 

One in 20 Australians are affected by depression each year.

 

It can cause a low mood that doesn't go away and makes us feel very sad or withdrawn. It interferes with the way we go about our everyday lives and can make it hard to cope.

 

Some people describe it as being in a really dark place that's difficult to come back from. Others describe it as a numb feeling.

 

It is treatable.

Korsakoff's Syndrome

Korsakoff syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B-1).

 

Korsakoff syndrome is most commonly caused by alcohol misuse (a form of Alcohol-related brain damage), but certain other conditions also can cause the syndrome.

 

When thiamine levels fall too low, brain cells cannot generate enough energy to function properly.

 

It is treatable.

Psychosis

Psychosis is a mental disorder where a person loses the capacity to tell what is real from what is not. They may believe or sense things that are not real and become confused or slow in their thinking.

Psychosis often occurs as a part of other mental illnesses.

 

It is treatable.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness with much stigma and misinformation associated with it. This often increases the distress to the person and his/her family.

Symptoms include delusions, hallucinations and thought disorder.

Many misunderstandings surround schizophrenia, which contribute to the stigma, isolation and discrimination that can be experienced by people with schizophrenia and their families and careers.

It is treatable.

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