Laura’s Story

Before I discovered the Austin Clubhouse, I was just struggling with stress, fear, my schizophrenia and hearing voices, anxiety and depression, and controlling my anger.
I had heard about the Clubhouse from a variety of caseworkers, and at first didn’t try to get involved because of how far away it was from me. But I soon realized that the Clubhouse is open virtually during Covid-19, and this allowed me to apply and become a member.

Brian’s Story

Before Austin Clubhouse, I always felt a bit isolated because I could not share my diagnosis of bipolar and its symptoms with anyone outside my nuclear family. I had to rely on friends I met through my Jewish identity, or my love of playing sports or public speaking. I was frustrated because I usually had to hide my mental health diagnosis, since mental health is often considered a taboo subject. I was somewhat isolated and hesitant to socialize.

An Opportunity To Shine – Jason G Kelley

I just wanted to take a few moments to write this personal letter to you all and share some things with everyone here at the Austin Clubhouse:
Though it has been years since I was an active member at the Clubhouse, I cannot express easily enough how moving and touching the welcome has been since picking back up with the Clubhouse the last few days.

The Butterfly – Diane

Before I realized the Austin Clubhouse had gone remote I felt very isolated and had very few people to talk to due to the pandemic and the shut down. I felt irritated, a lot of sadness, and was falling into a bit of depression. It was frustrating to have such a small outlet. Furthermore, my feelings were amplified because I no longer had a choice to leave the house or not due to Covid-19. Because of health issues I had before the pandemic, and then the shut down, I can’t even remember the last time I left the house.

Kathryn’s Story During Covid

Before I realized the Austin Clubhouse had gone remote I felt very isolated and had very few people to talk to due to the pandemic and the shut down. I felt irritated, a lot of sadness, and was falling into a bit of depression. It was frustrating to have such a small outlet. Furthermore, my feelings were amplified because I no longer had a choice to leave the house or not due to Covid-19. Because of health issues I had before the pandemic, and then the shut down, I can’t even remember the last time I left the house.

Rachel’s Story

Before I realized the Austin Clubhouse had gone remote I felt very isolated and had very few people to talk to due to the pandemic and the shut down. I felt irritated, a lot of sadness, and was falling into a bit of depression. It was frustrating to have such a small outlet. Furthermore, my feelings were amplified because I no longer had a choice to leave the house or not due to Covid-19. Because of health issues I had before the pandemic, and then the shut down, I can’t even remember the last time I left the house.

Change – Kristin

Life at the Clubhouse changed drastically 3 weeks ago. Today we are living in a time of uncertainty, social distancing and sheltering in place. Thank God I have been able to stay connected to the Clubhouse community virtually and remotely. I still get to participate in the work and work side by side with other members and staff. It seemed strange the first week but we hit the ground running and haven’t looked back. We’ve ramped up our connectivity so that when we can physically return to the Clubhouse we will be stronger than ever.

Coming Together – Ashley

Hello Austin Clubhouse Members, These are very strange and uncertain times. This is very new to us all, and nobody really knows what to expect.  A lot of you may be riding this out with friends and family, or you might be alone. It's perfectly normal to feel anxious...

Gene’s Story of Recovery

Hi, my name is Gene, and I have been a member of Austin Clubhouse for a little over a year. I struggle with anxiety and depression along with being totally blind and hearing impaired. Before the Clubhouse it was hard for me to go anywhere and feel accepted and for people to get to know me….

Diane’s Story

I have bipolar disorder and anxiety. It took me years to get properly diagnosed and many more years to find the right medication. I have good meds now and am fairly stable. Here at the Austin Clubhouse I’ve found that others have had similar experiences. At my church...
Laura’s Story

Laura’s Story

Before I discovered the Austin Clubhouse, I was just struggling with stress, fear, my schizophrenia and hearing voices, anxiety and depression, and controlling my anger.
I had heard about the Clubhouse from a variety of caseworkers, and at first didn’t try to get involved because of how far away it was from me. But I soon realized that the Clubhouse is open virtually during Covid-19, and this allowed me to apply and become a member.

read more
Brian’s Story

Brian’s Story

Before Austin Clubhouse, I always felt a bit isolated because I could not share my diagnosis of bipolar and its symptoms with anyone outside my nuclear family. I had to rely on friends I met through my Jewish identity, or my love of playing sports or public speaking. I was frustrated because I usually had to hide my mental health diagnosis, since mental health is often considered a taboo subject. I was somewhat isolated and hesitant to socialize.

read more
An Opportunity To Shine – Jason G Kelley

An Opportunity To Shine – Jason G Kelley

I just wanted to take a few moments to write this personal letter to you all and share some things with everyone here at the Austin Clubhouse:
Though it has been years since I was an active member at the Clubhouse, I cannot express easily enough how moving and touching the welcome has been since picking back up with the Clubhouse the last few days.

read more
The Butterfly – Diane

The Butterfly – Diane

Before I realized the Austin Clubhouse had gone remote I felt very isolated and had very few people to talk to due to the pandemic and the shut down. I felt irritated, a lot of sadness, and was falling into a bit of depression. It was frustrating to have such a small outlet. Furthermore, my feelings were amplified because I no longer had a choice to leave the house or not due to Covid-19. Because of health issues I had before the pandemic, and then the shut down, I can’t even remember the last time I left the house.

read more
Kathryn’s Story During Covid

Kathryn’s Story During Covid

Before I realized the Austin Clubhouse had gone remote I felt very isolated and had very few people to talk to due to the pandemic and the shut down. I felt irritated, a lot of sadness, and was falling into a bit of depression. It was frustrating to have such a small outlet. Furthermore, my feelings were amplified because I no longer had a choice to leave the house or not due to Covid-19. Because of health issues I had before the pandemic, and then the shut down, I can’t even remember the last time I left the house.

read more
Rachel’s Story

Rachel’s Story

Before I realized the Austin Clubhouse had gone remote I felt very isolated and had very few people to talk to due to the pandemic and the shut down. I felt irritated, a lot of sadness, and was falling into a bit of depression. It was frustrating to have such a small outlet. Furthermore, my feelings were amplified because I no longer had a choice to leave the house or not due to Covid-19. Because of health issues I had before the pandemic, and then the shut down, I can’t even remember the last time I left the house.

read more
Change – Kristin

Change – Kristin

Life at the Clubhouse changed drastically 3 weeks ago. Today we are living in a time of uncertainty, social distancing and sheltering in place. Thank God I have been able to stay connected to the Clubhouse community virtually and remotely. I still get to participate in the work and work side by side with other members and staff. It seemed strange the first week but we hit the ground running and haven’t looked back. We’ve ramped up our connectivity so that when we can physically return to the Clubhouse we will be stronger than ever.

read more
Coming Together – Ashley

Coming Together – Ashley

Hello Austin Clubhouse Members, These are very strange and uncertain times. This is very new to us all, and nobody really knows what to expect.  A lot of you may be riding this out with friends and family, or you might be alone. It's perfectly normal to feel anxious...

read more
Gene’s Story of Recovery

Gene’s Story of Recovery

Hi, my name is Gene, and I have been a member of Austin Clubhouse for a little over a year. I struggle with anxiety and depression along with being totally blind and hearing impaired. Before the Clubhouse it was hard for me to go anywhere and feel accepted and for people to get to know me….

read more
Diane’s Story

Diane’s Story

I have bipolar disorder and anxiety. It took me years to get properly diagnosed and many more years to find the right medication. I have good meds now and am fairly stable. Here at the Austin Clubhouse I’ve found that others have had similar experiences. At my church...

read more
Rosemary’s Story

Rosemary’s Story

“After experiencing multiple losses, I felt hopeless, unmotivated, and lost. In spite of all my efforts and resources to lift myself out of an isolating depression, nothing worked. The Austin Clubhouse has provided me an avenue to socialize, meet new people, set and...

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Shane’s Story

Shane’s Story

Together, we have the strength to overcome whatever obstacles are in our way. By being together at the Clubhouse, we’re able to draw on strength from each other, in life’s hardest moments. When it feels too hard to do the simplest of things, or when we sense ourselves...

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Sierra’s Story

Sierra’s Story

At the Austin Clubhouse, our programs provide members hope when at times it can feel like there is none. Consistency and community provide an outlet for stress and a place where every individual's many talents can be utilized.   Meet Sierra. “For a long time I...

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Maria’s Story

Maria’s Story

“For a long time I struggled with depression and isolation and had been hospitalized a couple of times. It wasn’t easy at all to deal with this on my own. But then I came to the Austin Clubhouse and they helped me feel like I was worth something. The Clubhouse didn’t treat me like my diagnosis, I was treated as a person….

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