Amy’s story

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Amy* from Tarrengower Prison

 

I grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne. I have three siblings, an older brother, and a younger brother and sister. Growing up, I loved snowboarding.

After finishing high-school, I went to uni, got engaged and fell pregnant with my son – he’s now 21. Later I went back later and finished my studies.

I went to prison for a car accident. Two people died, but there was no drugs or alcohol involved – that wasn't until after. I was on bail for a number of years before being sentenced, and during that time I developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I didn't cope very well, and I was using drugs to help deal with it all. My life started to fall apart.

When I first went to prison, my mental health really suffered. Then I started counselling with Caraniche and everything started to improve. At first, I only did individual counselling – it took my counsellor a lot of convincing to do a group program. But now I've realised the value of the group setting. It's changed my view so much that I'll do group therapy when I get out.

I can't thank Caraniche enough for the help they've given me. They are very good at what they do. I've learnt a lot about myself, and I'm 100 times better than when I first arrived.

I'm now completing post-grad study through distance education. When I get out, I want to return to work.

*Names have been changed.