• WHAT WE DO

    We are a NDIA registered provider and an established Mutual Support & Self Help (MSSH) organisation helping members, friends and families who have experienced mental health uncertainty. Our service is built on fundamental Recovery principles.

  • MEMBERSHIP

    Membership is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition i.e. depression, bipolar and other affective disorders, their family and friends.

  • WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

    Our focus is not identifying your negatives but building your strengths. We do this by three assumptions: belonging, expression, and sharing. Let’s not be defined by our deficits, but by how we deal with them and become part of the Community we want.

How can we help together?

The Group will continue to offer its members, and other interested persons, the opportunity to meet regularly, and provides care and support to those in need. We aim to promote well being, to inform and educate those with mental health conditions, their carers and the public.

Peer Support

As a member based support group all our members have experiences in living with a variety of mental health conditions. An important aspect of our service is we encourage everyone to help each other through sharing experiences, coping strategies and understanding of our unique existence, its trials and successes.

Volunteer

Members are encouraged to help out on a volunteer basis at our friendly community support centre situated at 284 LaTrobe Terrace, Newtown. Activities may involve introducing new members, assisting with administrative tasks, or with the development and arrangement of new, interesting activities for our members.

Resources

We offer support groups, social activities, creative workshops, relaxation & meditation, real life advocacy, library, volunteer training, and community centre. We can provide details on research, other support Agencies, advocacy groups and Departmental services. The centre strongly advocates Advanced Directives assisting those around you to understand your needs when unwell.

Self Help

We can prepare a personalised recovery map to help you identify your needs and wants, setting you on a path to a better lifestyle. Self-understanding, we believe, comes through awareness of your own state, your interpersonal space and the role a community plays in all our lives.

NEWS

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Conquering the silent treatment: Fighting depression and running the Black Parade

Caleb Ryan didn’t talk about his mental illness for two decades. He didn’t tell his friends, or extended family. Even his long-term partner, the mother of his two young sons, didn’t know until until a couple of years ago.

Mostly, it was fear holding him back. Fear of being labelled. Fear of being stigmatised, of appearing...

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People falling through cracks of ‘botched’ mental health system, Minister says

PEOPLE are falling through the cracks of the State’s “botched” mental health system and “going missing”.

Mental Health Minister Martin Foley this week told the Geelong Advertiser Victoria’s public mental health system — including Barwon Health — was under review and would be overhauled.

Results of the independent review were expected to be delivered to the State...

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