Klassic Transformations

Klassic Transformations Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program for men. At Klassic Transformations we transform lives one car at a time.
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01/12/2019

Good morning transformers, it's been a while since I've been able to post. I have arrived safely back in Mackay, unfortunately, I am still not well enough to attend the shed at this time.
Firstly, I want to say a very big thankyou to Lee, Lee has worked tirelessly over the last month's under quite difficult circumstances to keep our dream alive of reducing men's suicide in our community. Lee's dedication and support has been outstanding during this trying time. Thank you Lee. We are so very grateful for your dedication, support and belief for our program.
As I have been so unwell for so long, I have not been able to work on the floor and assist Lee to produce the work that is required for us to not only continue with our workshop but also to fund our program. We are completely self funded and do not receive any government funds. My inability to assist Lee has greatly reduced our income which has greatly reduced our ability to fund our much needed men's program. Our program has made a difference in so many men's lives and we are very proud of our small contribution to raising awareness of men's mental health issues as well as providing a safe place for our participants to attend and participate in our program.
Transformers, we need your help. Our funds are very low at the moment. We are asking for donations to assist us in keeping our program running. Any donation will be gratefully accepted, please help us during this difficult time to continue in assisting those men who themselves are having difficult times themselves.
My surgery was successful, however I have suffered some complications that will improve with treatment over time. I do hope to be back in our shed in the near future in some capacity and I'm looking forward to attending again.
Again guys, please assist us to keep our program running. You can donate directly to our bank account, details below.

Klassic Transformations
ANZ
BSB 014 676
Account 420958442

Thankyou transformers. I hope to see you all very soon.
Ash

25/11/2019

Hi Transformers Tania here. Well the rumour mill is running strong so I have consent to make public what is happening with Ash. Back in July Ash was diagnosed with terminal cancer. As you can imagine it rocked his world. He has kept it quiet whilst he has been undergoing treatment and getting his head around it. Last week Ash underwent surgery to remove a life threatening tumour from his brain. Unfortunately there were many complications with this surgery and Ash has had a stroke. He is ok however is, in his words, “a little f**ked up”. As you can imagine, Ash, his family and his Klassic Transformatios family are devastated. Please be patient with us as we go through this difficult time. It is Ash’s dream to keep our program running so I will do my best to fulfil that wish for him. Any enquiries can be directed to myself via messenger. Ash is currently in hospital in Brisbane and really wishes he could be here. He says hi and hopes to visit the shed soon.

22/10/2019

Good morning transformers, it's been quite a while since I have posted. Unfortunately I have been very sick. I'm posting today to reassure everybody that I am still 100% committed to our program and business. I and my doctors are working very hard to get me back to work as soon as is possible. Our business side is running on a skeleton crew right now, so our progress on jobs has been slowed considerably, please be patient with us, we will endeavour to get things back on track as soon as we can.
Ash

08/08/2019

Good morning transformers,
I am quite open about my emotions and feelings in my posts, i'm experiencing quite a challenging bout of depression, i have sought help and am continuing with that, life has many challenges, some are harder than others, usually most of us can get through the hard ones without too much trouble, but some of us struggle. Depression is sinister, it takes over completely, your thoughts are jumbled, and you begin to believe the dark thoughts. my depression has kicked in, i usually can cope and get through it reasonably well, but iv'e had to this time get help as i can't cope this time. i am suffering of feelings of feeling worthless, unloved, that i don't matter and never really did. Now i know deep down that is not true, but i cannot shake these thoughts. I hold onto the thought that i am doing some good in our community, i hold to the fact that i believe that i am a good man, i hold on to the thought that i am a supportive man and a loving man. But even this just doesn't seem to be enough, so it's off to the doctors again and to the counsellor to try and get help to ease my pain, to ease my feelings of feeling worthless, unloved and feeling that my feelings and emotions are not important or too hard to deal with.I preach a lot about the importance of speaking up about our feeling, talking, talking about what is bothering or hurting us, which can be hard sometimes when you are trying to make sense of things with a broken mind, sometimes it's as easy as resolving an issue, or finalising a project or event, that can put us on the path of healing. I talk constantly about it not being weak to put your hand up for help, i'm putting my hand up, i'm drowning in this depressive episode, i know i'll be ok, i'm getting help. Thankfully i have a good counsellor who is very supportive and understanding, i am seeing him again very shortly.
i'm putting this out here guys, so that you all may understand, that even us helpers need to be helped sometimes, we break too, sometimes we find life events hard to deal with as well, sometimes we can't cope, we may put that smile on our face, but sometimes we are screaming for help. Check on your strong friends or relatives, make sure they are ok, because these strong people, that, when they do break, it's often without warning. If you take anything away from this post today, i hope that it is a little more understanding, that we can all suffer from mental illness, depression, anxiety,and even the strong ones, especially the strong ones. Please guys,check on your strong ones.

Ash

06/08/2019

Good morning transformers,
Alcohol, among men alcohol abuse is pretty common, i can't talk for other guys, but i can talk about myself and my relationship with alcohol. For the whole of my adult life i believed that alcohol was my friend, i had fun while drinking, or so i thought, but in reality i was using alcohol to escape, to numb the pain, to cope. The worst thing is that the problems that i was trying to escape from are still there the next morning. I lived my life in virtual denial, i told myself repeatedly that i was not an alcoholic because i didn't drink everyday. But i was so wrong, alcohol became a crutch, alcohol became my way of supposedly coping. When i got stressed, i drank, when i was sad i drank, when i was having emotional problems, i drank. I have been having sessions by phone over the last few weeks, today is my first face to face counselling session to help me change my behavior when it comes to alcohol. Today i am 9 days without alcohol, not one drop, you might think that is nothing to be proud of, but i have been having a very hard time lately emotionally and i would normally turn to alcohol, but i was able to resist that, there are important things for me to do, there are important things for me to achieve, and i have come to realise, and i think in this case i'm a bit of a slow learner, that alcohol is not my friend.I'm embarrassed to admit that i have a problem with alcohol, in fact i'm a little surprised that i can even write his post, i believe i am a reasonably strong man, but i am weak when it comes to alcohol, but i made a promise to myself and to some one important to me that i would sever my relationship with alcohol. Iv'e come to the realisation, again a bit of a slow learner, that alcohol, particularly for me, is destructive, i think it makes me feel good, and it does for a while, but what it is actually doing is helping me to mask my emotions, my problems, it numbs the pain just for a little while. I started thinking about my alcohol abuse a few months ago, but being a typical bloke i thought i could do it on my own, i can't, i need guidance, i need help, which i have sought and am continuing with that help and will do for probably the rest of my life.
Guys, i'm writing this post mainly for myself, but also to put it out there that i think a lot of us guys do the same thing when it comes to alcohol, and it is really not helping us. I worry, for myself, and i worry for other men who may be experiencing the same thing and use alcohol as i did. If you are reading this and my rambling post makes sense, please think about it, please seek help, it's not weak to ask for help, it actually takes quite a bit of courage, which on this topic i lacked.
Have a great day all,
Ash

06/08/2019

good afternoon transformers,
A continuation of my last post, i think i'm exactly like most men my age, i wasn't taught to show emotion, i was taught to lock it away and not be weak, we all know my thoughts on that now, but i think that because we were taught to mask our emotions, and mask our hurt, that when a traumatic event happens, we really struggle to cope, well at least i do, even though i am so aware of the importance of speaking up, i still find it very hard to fully open up, i realise now how, even though my message is to speak up, easy it is to fall back into old learned habits of masking my emotions and not speaking about it and also to not really seek help as it was so easy to justify existing on auto pilot and not dealing with the situation, this i now fully understand is not just damaging to me but also those around me. My hope by sharing my thoughts and story is that somebody may read this and be experiencing the same thing but not realise it, and see that i can talk about it and that i am seeking help to take steps towards healing, and take steps themselves to open up about their emotions and seek help themselves.
Have a great day all,
Ash

06/08/2019

Good morning transformers,
As you are all aware, and iv'e been quite open about it, i suffered some emotional problems over the past week or so, i am at this moment still quite vulnerable and fragile when it comes down to my emotions, but it is very important to talk about our emotions, and how we are reacting to those emotions, i myself, due to the strength and depth of my emotions, acted out of character and also felt, while i was in the throes of my depressive episode that nobody cared, especially the ones that i loved and cared for the most, now this isn't true, i am cared about, i am loved, and i am needed, i know this, but when you are in that dark place, that is what you feel. I have sought help, and will be continuing to attend counselling sessions, i had sought help on previous occasions in the last year or so, but i hadn't really found a counsellor that quite fitted, i had an awesome counsellor before this, however they no longer practise and the counsellor i was referred to just wasn't the right fit for me, this can be a very frustrating time, but the trick is to keep trying, to keep trying to find one that is right, don't give up, it's important to keep trying, not every counsellor is the right fit for every client.
Our emotions at times can be very strong, especially when it comes to personal issues, sometimes they are uncontrollable, you can feel like a totally different person, you can have thoughts that just are not true, and you can act entirely out of character, emotional pain is, i believe, especially for me, is most definitely the strongest and hardest to cope with, it consumes me when i'm in that frame of mind. Counselling, medication if required, and i require it, talking, trying to relax, are all good coping mechanisms. Just because i am having a hard time with my emotions, doesn't make me less of a man. I'll end this post here, will continue at a later time,
Have a great day all,
Ash

04/08/2019

Good afternoon transformers,
Mental health. So much stigma surrounds mental health, particularly amongst us men. I think I'm quite lucky where I am very aware of my emotions and struggles, however I can still get caught by surprise sometimes. I have suffered from depression and anxiety since my early teens. Undiagnosed for many years, I have had several serious episodes in my past and each and every episode is different. There is no one size fits all when we are dealing with mental issues, I stated before that I had what I call a mental melt down last weekend, even though I have been through these episodes and come out the other side, I was taken by surprise this time with the depth and length of this one. None of my coping strategies from previous episodes are working this time, to be honest, this is the first time in my life that I have ever felt completely lost. I'm suffering with confusion, can't seem to focus on anything for more than a minute or two, even this post so far has taken me well over 40 mins to write, I normally love to read or watch a movie, can't focus on even that. It's a bad place to be, and a very lonely and frightening place. I don't post my thoughts to try and get sympathy or accolades on my bravery to share. I post my thoughts and struggles I'm the hope that someone reading this will see that they are not alone if they are feeling the way I am and that it is more than ok to speak up about it. In fact it is essential that we speak up about our mental health. I will find my way, I will get through this. Just probably not today. But that too is ok. I think I put too much pressure on myself to heal as fast as possible, to pull myself up by the bootstraps, today, not tomorrow. It's an insidious thing this depression, it eats at your very core, and it's painful. So to you who are reading this and suffer depression, even though in those deep dark depths you feel so very alone and nobody cares, you are not alone, and there are heaps of people who care. Just breathe, hang on, fight, and watch the sun rise again.
Ash

03/08/2019

Good morning transformers,
I'm probably going to confuse the heck out of everyone, lord knows i'm confusing myself, i've been trying to take a break and rest and try to still my mind. But i can't seem to find anything that will occupy my mind for more than a few minutes, i need to be busy, need to be doing something other than sitting around and thinking too much. So i am going to go back to work, i can't not do anything and at least in the workshop there will be some positive production which i'm sure will at least help with the way i'm feeling.
Have a great day all,
Ash

03/08/2019

I apologise if any of you thought that because of my inability to explain my intentions well enough that you thought I was leaving permanently. Klassic Transformations will continue to operate as per normal as I have left it in very capable hands, nothing has really changed apart from the fact that I am having a much needed break. I know I present myself as nearly bullet proof with how I give my talks and run our program, but I have got to the point where I really need to practise a little self care.
Have a great day all
Ash

03/08/2019

Good afternoon transformers,
I feel I need to clarify what I said in one of my previous posts. I have not left klassic transformations nor have I any intention of leaving klassic transformations. I am struggling with my mental health and am needing to take some personal time to try and get myself on back on track as I'm no good for anybody nor klassic transformations when I'm in this position mentally. I will be returning soon .
Ash

02/08/2019
Suicide Prevention Timaru

Suicide Prevention Timaru

There are 3 main reasons (or a combination there of) that people complete suicide.
1. I AM IN PAIN: “I am in pain and I just want/need it to stop!” For older people (who are a surprisingly large demograph) it can be physical pain brought on by age or injury. For others it is mental or emotional pain i.e. A relationship break up. A sense of abandonment. A loss of entitlement. Financial crisis etc, all of which leads to depression and a sense of helplessness and/or hopelessness.
2. I’M CAUSING PAIN: “My friends have stopped taking my calls. My family have stopped talking to me and have had enough of my problems. Wherever I am I seem to suck the oxygen from the room. Everybody would be better off if I wasn’t here…”
3. I WANT TO CAUSE PAIN: “You hurt me, now I’m going to hurt you!”
The common factor in all 3 scenario’s is hurt or pain and with pain comes distorted thinking. When that happens normal rationale or common sense flies out the window. It is common for people who have never experienced suicidal thoughts to believe that suiciders are ‘selfish’ and only thinking of themselves. But the reality is – in their distorted mind – most people who attempt suicide believe they are doing their families and friends a favour.
So what can we do???
SUICIDE DO'S and DON'TS
SUICIDE DO'S
When talking to a suicidal person
DO: Be yourself. Let the person know you care, that he/she is not alone. The right words are often unimportant. If you are concerned, your voice and manner will show it.
DO: Listen. Let the suicidal person unload despair, ventilate anger. No matter how negative the conversation seems, the fact that it exists is a positive sign.
DO: Be sympathetic, non-judgmental, patient, calm, accepting. Your friend or family member is doing the right thing by talking about his/her feelings.
DO: Offer hope. Reassure the person that help is available and that the suicidal feelings are temporary. Let the person know that his or her life is important to you.
If the person says things like, “I’m so depressed, I can’t go on,”
DO: ask the question: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” You are not putting ideas in their head, you are showing that you are concerned, that you take them seriously, and that it’s OK for them to share their pain with you.
SUICIDE DON'T'S:
DON'T: Argue with the suicidal person. Avoid saying things like: "You have so much to live for," "Your suicide will hurt your family," or “Look on the bright side.” Making a suicidal person feel guilty will only make them feel worse and possibly more suicidal.
DON'T: Act shocked, lecture on the value of life, or say that suicide is wrong. Again, making a suicidal person feel guilty serves no purpose. It's not about you, it's about them.
DON'T: Promise confidentiality. Refuse to be sworn to secrecy. A life is at stake and you may need to speak to a mental health professional in order to keep the suicidal person safe. If you promise to keep your discussions secret, you may have to break your word.
DON'T: Offer ways to fix their problems, or give advice, or make them feel like they have to justify their suicidal feelings. It is not about how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting your friend or loved one.
DON'T: Blame yourself or feel like you need to fix the problem. You can’t “fix” someone’s depression. Your loved one’s happiness, or lack thereof, is not your responsibility. Listen. Let the suicidal person unload despair, ventilate anger. No matter how negative the conversation seems, the fact that it exists is a positive sign.
TALKING TO A PERSON ABOUT SUICIDE
Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult for anyone. But if you're unsure whether someone is suicidal, the best way to find out is to ask. You can't make a person suicidal by showing that you care. In fact, giving a suicidal person the opportunity to express his or her feelings can provide relief from loneliness and pent-up negative feelings, and may prevent a suicide attempt.
WAYS TO START A CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE:
"I have been feeling concerned about you lately."
"Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing."
"I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately."
QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK:
"When did you begin feeling like this?"
"Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?"
"How can I best support you right now?"
"Have you thought about getting help?"
WHAT YOU CAN SAY THAT HELPS:
"I don't know what to say, but I will sit here with you so you know you are not alone and I care"
"You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change and I am happy to stay with you until it does"
"I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help."
"When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold off for just one more day, hour, minute—whatever you can manage

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Mackay, QLD
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Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
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At Klassic Transformations we transform lives one car at a time, and reduce the risk of suicide and self-harm in men in the Mackay area. Men 25-50yrs at risk of depression, suicide and self-harm collaborate with a person with a disability who is also at risk of depression, suicide and self-harm to design, restore and sell classic cars. They work with our staff, who have all had mental health first aid training, to design and restore classic cars, bikes and caravans which will then be sold. All proceeds of the sales will go back into the program. The participants of the Klassic Transformations Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program gain new skills to help with future employment opportunities, have a boost in confidence and self-esteem, and are no longer isolated. They make new friends and feel proud of their achievements. They are involved in the process from the design stage right through to the sale of the cars. To date we have had 7 cars and 4 caravans donated to us. We have the encouragement and support of organisations such as the Black Dog Institute and the Centre for Rural and Remote Health, together with the Mackay Regional Council, and the Mackay Suicide Prevention Network. We are currently in the process of taking expressions of interest from organisations and individuals who are interested in supporting or being involved this program. We are looking for participants, volunteers, investors and supporters. We are having open days next Wednesday the 23rd of January 2019 & Thursday the 24th of January, 2019 where anyone who is interested in the program can drop down to our shed in Temples Lane, Bakers Creek to chat to our staff about the program and check out the shed and cars. If you love cars and feel you are at risk of suicide, know of someone who is at risk, or your organisation is interested in referring participants, please do not hesitate to contact Tania on 0418151484 or Ash on 0411742787 during office hours to sign them up. Or if your organisation would like to write a letter of support for funding purposes please send to [email protected] . Klassic Transformations Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program is the first stage of our social and emotional wellbeing hub and we look forward to expanding our services into hospitality, art, music, training of the long term unemployed and creating healthy minds for all involved in our programs.

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Great work Ash & Team xo
My name is Tania De Brincat and I am a co-founder of Klassic Transformations. At Klassic Transformations we transform lives one car at a time, and reduce the risk of suicide and self-harm in men in the Mackay area. Men 25-50yrs at risk of depression, suicide and self-harm collaborate with a person with a disability who is also at risk of depression, suicide and self-harm to design, restore and sell classic cars. They work with our staff, who have all had mental health first aid training, to design and restore classic cars, bikes and caravans which will then be sold. All proceeds of the sales will go back into the program. The participants of the Klassic Transformations Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program gain new skills to help with future employment opportunities, have a boost in confidence and self-esteem, and are no longer isolated. They make new friends and feel proud of their achievements. They are involved in the process from the design stage right through to the sale of the cars. To date we have had 7 cars and 4 caravans donated to us. We have the encouragement and support of organisations such as the Black Dog Institute and the Centre for Rural and Remote Health, together with the Mackay Regional Council, and the Mackay Suicide Prevention Network. We are currently in the process of taking expressions of interest from organisations and individuals who are interested in supporting or being involved this program. We are looking for participants, volunteers, investors and supporters. We are having open days next Wednesday the 23rd of January 2019 & Thursday the 24th of January, 2019 where anyone who is interested in the program can drop down to our shed in Temples Lane, Bakers Creek to chat to our staff about the program and check out the shed and cars. If you love cars and feel you are at risk of suicide, know of someone who is at risk, or your organisation is interested in referring participants, please do not hesitate to contact Tania on 0418151484 or Ash on 0411742787 during office hours to sign them up. Or if your organisation would like to write a letter of support for funding purposes please send to [email protected] . Klassic Transformations Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program is the first stage of our social and emotional wellbeing hub and we look forward to expanding our services into hospitality, art, music, training of the long term unemployed and creating healthy minds for all involved in our programs. Tania De Brincat Founder Klassic Transformations