Calendar to raise awareness

IT TAKES guts to admit you have a problem but Bauple’s Judith Courtice is no coward.

She has shared her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder with the whole of Queensland in a 2010 calendar published by the State Government.

Her newfound status as a calendar girl – Miss November to be exact – is all in a bid to raise awareness of disability.

“I hope to be able to work and improve services for not only the mentally ill but everyone in general,” Judith said.

“Being connected and active and involved makes our communities, especially rural communities, a better place to live and work.”

Moving to Bauple in 2001 was meant to make life easier for Judith but, she said, her health went downhill and a misdiagnosis made things even worse.

But with the help of family and friends and various community organisations, Judith turned her life around.

“If you are valued and needed, no matter what your disability, life has purpose and meaning and all the rest is easy.”

The Department of Communities asked people with a disability to share their stories of life, to help break down barriers and create a more understanding and inclusive society.

Twelve of those stories were chosen to feature in a calendar.

The men, women and children all have different disabilities but have learnt to live with the challenges and draw on their strengths. Calendars are available from Department of Communities offices, local libraries and Queensland Government Agent program offices.



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