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Cabrini Women’s Mental Health cares for women from all walks of life who are experiencing some form of mental health illness.

Our programs are designed to provide women with the necessary tools to heal and grow.

We equip our clients with new coping skills to ensure they can handle challenges in the future.

The four stories below are from women who have been referred to our service for help.

Maria, 28, teacher

I came to Australia when I was young. I always wanted to have a big family and to become a teacher. I wanted my family to be safe and full of love, but that’s not how life is. It is hard to protect them from what happens behind closed doors.

It (the abuse) was never physical, but my husband would never let me spend money on myself, or my boys, even though I was the only one working. He would say small things about me that made me feel worthless. I felt like I was letting my kids down and was not taking care of them.

This started to spill over into my work through COVID. I started to think I was worthless as a teacher and a mother, and that life for my kids would be easier if I was not around; like I was a burden to them and my husband.

Sarah, 42, senior legal executive

When I first came to Cabrini I was completely burnt out. My work was my entire world. I felt dragged down from working in a male-dominated environment and feeling like I did not fit in as a woman. It was exhausting, I was completely worn out. I felt like I was worthless and that I could not do my job, that I could not be a woman. I did not know how to keep going at this pace.

An outstanding mental health wellness hospital. This model needs to be repeated throughout the world. If you arrive with the attitude to improve yourself with the assistance available, you will gain so much. All the staff were dedicated. - Anne

Sophie, 33, nurse

Working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as a nurse was awful. I just wanted to be strong for my colleagues; if they thought I was okay, then maybe it would help them feel like our shift would be okay, but I knew that I was not. Everything just became too hard, and I was so anxious going to work each day. I started to have anxiety attacks in the carpark, and sometimes I would not be able to make it from there. 

I did not want to admit that I needed help, that my anxiety was getting too much. I felt like a failure as a nurse and did not know how I could reach out to anyone. 

Laura, 26, police officer

I was an extremely motivated and happy newly qualified police officer with my whole career in front of me when I was assaulted at work. Although the injuries I sustained were not that bad, it was the compounding effect of months of verbal abuse from the public and the assault that slowed my return to work. Having severe anxiety and depression associated with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from the assault has led me to a substance dependence. This in turn led me to lose my identity.  

From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank you enough for this experience. I was scared to come here but you all made me feel so welcome. Never have I felt so safe, respected, heard and cared for. Through my experience I have learnt that it is okay to open up and ask for help and support. I can't thank you enough for the genuine care and empathy you have all shown me. Thank you so much for everything. - Susan

Cabrini Staff