Would you like to have a say about what would help survivors?
The Royal Commission is currently asking for information on a range of issues affecting survivors in Australia, for example, What services do you think survivors need but are not currently available? What makes it easier for survivors to access the support they need? What are the barriers? What types of services work well to help survivors? If you would like to see all of the questions and have your say please visit the online submissions form at http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/policy-and-research/issues-papers-submissions/have-your-say If you would like more information about this read Issues paper 10. This is your opportunity to tell the commission about any problems you’ve encountered, where services are lacking and what you think will help survivors of child abuse. Submissions have been extended until the 30th of November.
Letter from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Received 26 August 2014)
“The Government is also committed to supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We know the effects of child abuse can last a lifetime and survivors face numerous hurdles. Organisations such as Heal For Life Foundation are essential in this work. I would like to congratulate you and your staff on the important work you do.”
Letter recommending our training (received 2 October 2015)
“I was privileged enough to attend the two day training workshop at Woomera (Albury) earlier this year. Firstly, I commend you and your team for providing access to this invaluable workshop. More importantly, I would endorse the type of program conducted by ‘Heal for Life’ as an invaluable method of assisting those most difficult of clients to make positive changes to their lives. These clients often present as clients of multiple agencies and are at high risk of harm to themselves or others. Many of these people have often been ‘written off’ as too difficult to deal with, or beyond help.” David Cottee, Detective Chief Inspector, Albury Local Area Command, NSW
We provide a proven, long lasting solution in a safe and supportive environment.
We have helped nearly 6,000 people heal during the last sixteen years.
Over 90% of people who have attended our residential retreats have said it was ”life changing” or “very positive”.
Our healing programs are carefully designed to help survivors understand the impact trauma has had on their lives. We provide knowledge and tools to help heal from the past and create a new and better future.
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“This was 5 of the best days of my life. I finally feel heard, I feel validated and worthy.” Linda T (Oct 2015)
“The focus is, quite rightly, not just on having an amazing week with big transformations, but on getting us ready to live those transformations in our ‘outside’ lives, stronger and healthier. I come here every year or two. It changes my life.” Jude A (Oct 2015)
“I really really enjoyed this whole experience – I needed it. I had no idea what to expect and it’s been challenging, scary, exciting, fun and I dare say life-changing. And I will be back.” Jay W (Oct 2015)
“It saved my life literally. I hoped it would and it worked, so thank you all so much.” Meg T (July 2015)
“Public Mental Health Services are not resourced for the long term management of the sequelae of childhood trauma. NGOs such as the “Heal For Life” programme are an urgently needed and valuable resource for unresolved trauma issues.” Dr Andrew Walker, FRANZCP, M.Psychotherapy (UNSW), Psychiatrist, Toronto, NSW (April 2015)
“Words cannot describe the gratitude I am feeling to have been given the gift of healing. I can only describe the week here as “magical”, like a fairytale. Witnessing my true self emerge from all the lies and false beliefs felt like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. I know 100% I have found my safe place. I can now sit quietly with myself and feel my feelings. I was absolutely terrified to drop my guard. The wall I built to protect my heart fell away ever so gently. The peer support volunteers at Heal for Life are my Angels.” Karen Alexander (April 2015)
“I really enjoyed my week here @ heal for life, in fact I didn’t want it to end, met heaps of wonderful people and can’t wait to return in July for 2 weeks, all the support team workers were amazing, and have helped me for the better so thank you very much I appreciate it heaps.” Krystal (March 2015)
“It seems ‘seamless’. It feels solid and secure and strong. You offer what you are. The information I was given before I came was exactly spot on. I will be back I hope. Again, thank you.” Niki (Feb 2015)
“When I fall down emotionally they are there to hold me safely. They made me feel they are with me.” Carlo, Philippines (Jan 2015)
“I loved the program because it gave us the freedom to choose healing for ourselves. I never felt forced to do something. Thank you Heal for Life Philippine Team for a successful healing week.” Trish (November 2014)
“It has been a profound experience and it’s indescribable. Thank you so much. It has been amazing.” Angela K (October 2014)
“I’d like to do my Masters in Psychology research on the 20 year anniversary of the miracle of this place.” Kate C (Sept 2014)