Army veteran Brock proudly served his country in tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Timor, all within the space of five years. Upon his return to civilian life, Brock noticed his mental health was on a downhill slide.
“The decline happened slowly, until one day I suddenly fell off the cliff completely. I went to the emergency department and was admitted to the mental health unit at the PA. I started working with Paul from RFQ and he was amazing, he really helped me a lot.”
Brock then transferred to a private hospital, where he discovered a coping tool that would become a big part of his life – art.
“I remember in 8th grade, the teacher basically telling me I was completely failing at art – I thought ‘I just don’t understand this art stuff’. But when I reconnected with it as an adult, and I wasn’t being judged or marked on it, I found it was really therapeutic.”
Brock finds that keeping busy and focused on tasks he finds valuable is beneficial to his recovery. He has recently started volunteering in the Wounded Heroes’ op shop and veterans’ lounge, connecting with other people who have been impacted by war.
“Volunteering keeps me going and gives me a focus. I’m looking into the possibility of helping facilitate a weekly art group too, which I would love to do. Personally, art has been a major contributing factor behind my improvement and I would love the opportunity to help others heal through art.”
Brock says displaying and selling art in the 2021 Recovered Futures Art Exhibition, his first ever exhibition, gave him confidence in his abilities as an artist.
Read Brock's full story here on the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition website where you can see all the artwork in this year's Exhibition.