Why did you want to be a People Connector with the ACDC Project?
Shannon: I wanted to become a People Connector with ACDC to further my own skills and experience in mental health while being able to make a positive impact on people’s lives and mental health.
Andrew: Initially I was hesitant to become a People Connector due to the unknown of door knocking. However, I was able to overcome that fear as the possibility of helping someone in need was far more important to me.
How have you found door-knocking in the Macedon Ranges so far?
Shannon: I was initially unsure how people would react to a stranger knocking on their door. To my surprise most people are interested in having a chat with us, which has been a positive experience.
Andrew: It’s still early days so far, but we have found that people in the Macedon Ranges are keen to share their stories.
What is one of the best things about your job as a People Connector?
Shannon: It has been really interesting to hear life stories from people I otherwise wouldn’t meet or engage with. To then see how grateful people are once they feel they have been listened to is a rewarding experience.
Andrew: I feel humbled that people are willing to open up and share their vulnerabilities about their mental health and wellbeing experiences and needs.
How do you think the ACDC Project will help people in Macedon Ranges?
Shannon: I think the ACDC Project will assist people to identify their own or others’ needs and be able to find a service that is suitable to them. I also think it will encourage people to continue the discussion with their friends/family or others in the community and help break down the stigma around mental health.
Andrew: We have already been able to assist people to seek services within the Macedon Ranges area. I’m certain the anonymous results from the survey will also assist the ACDC Project team to improve access to ongoing services in the area well into the future.