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Jessica's Story

Jessica was always shy but starting high school was a very daunting prospect. Together we can help Jessica overcome her anxiety and settle into school.

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Jessica's Story

Relationships are at the heart of why CatholicCare exists and all of our programs and services focus on helping people to build positive relationships and repair connections when needed. Individuals and families, refugees and asylum seekers, kids in school, or people in prisons; there are times when everyone needs a little help.

Jessica wasn’t looking forward to starting high school. She had always been painfully shy and the violence she had seen at home along with the breakdown of her family, caused her to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. 

High school was a very daunting prospect and Jessica often felt sick about attending. That was until she joined the Year 7s ‘Drop In’ Group run by CatholicCare. There she felt safe. No one yelled at her and she could spend her lunchtime playing Uno, or just colouring in. She began to look forward to these weekly sessions.

As Jessica built trust with one of the counsellors, she began to talk about her panic attacks and when they started.  The counsellor suggested that Jessica meet with her weekly to talk. These one on one counselling sessions have provided Jessica with a positive outlet and techniques to cope with her panic attacks. The counsellor also spoke with Jessica’s Mum and is helping her build positive interactions at home.

Over the year Jessica’s anxiety improved and she made friends within the ‘Drop In’ group. Now in Year 8, Jessica and her friends continue to support each other and have come back to be leaders for a new group of Year 7’s. Jessica’s hasn’t had a panic attack for six months and is feeling positive about her future thanks to the support of those around her.

Last year CatholicCare helped over 18,000 people like Jessica and her family. We know that all families face times of conflict and struggle, but some need extra support to get through. CatholicCare’s mission is to strengthen individuals and families and equip them with the skills they need to face life’s challenges. 

At CatholicCare we are seeing more and more young people like Jessica who are struggling with the challenges and changes of life. They can easily find themselves on the margins of society, feeling isolated and excluded with no idea where to turn. It is times like this, where CatholicCare’s programs and interventions are needed the most.

Together, we can help those less fortunate in our community, and in our neighbourhood, who need support. Together we can help people live ‘life to the full’

To donate please use our donation form or call 03 9287 5517.

Thank you for helping the most disadvantaged in our community. Together we can build a society where young people in need are given a chance at a brighter future.

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