Mental health aid to Grow

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Harvey will soon be home to mental health peer support group Grow.

Grow is a community-based organisation helping Australians recover from mental illness, a life crisis or loss of a loved one, job or relationship.

The program, which has been running since 1957, is designed to provide a mutual support group and assist personal development.

Members meet weekly for a two-hour session and are run by recovering and trained Grow members who have volunteered to lead the groups.

Grow Group Development Worker Emma Blackwell said the program had helped thousands of Australians recover from a range of mental health issues.

“Grow is a caring and supportive, community-based organisation that has developed a unique program for improving and maintaining mental wellbeing,” she said.

With 180 groups across Australia, Ms Blackwell is excited to be putting Harvey on the Grow group map.

“Given the large community focus in Harvey, I think Grow groups will work really well in Harvey,” she said.

Group members meet weekly to engage in group discussions, interactions and readings that encourage participation.

Ms Blackwell will be holding an information session outlining what Grow is and how it can help individuals on Tuesday, June 25, at the Harvey Senior Citizens Centre.

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