Support Group for those with Bipolar Disorder – Caloundra, Qld
Caloundra Pharmacist, Peter Davis, has identified a distinct lack of community support for patients who suffer with Bipolar Disorder. In order to improve this, Peter has decided to start a monthly meeting, where those suffering from Bipolar Disorder are welcome to come and share their journey with others with a lived experience of Bipolar Disorder. Meetings are intended to be interactive, supportive and informative.
Peter has a very keen interest in Mental Health and recovery from mental illness. Having a lived experience of Bipolar Disorder for over 25 years, he is eager to continue the removal of the stigma of Mental Illness in society. “This can only be done by educating society, family and sufferers”.
Peter is also involved in the Compeer Program run by St Vincent de Paul. Compeer promotes companionship between volunteers in society, and a matched companion who has a mental illness. Friendships are formed due to weekly visits with the volunteer and companion. The success of this program in the Caloundra area has been astounding.
As a long term and dedicated member of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland, Peter will facilitate the Bipolar Support Group under the banner of the Fellowship. Please feel free to come along and share with others who are able to understand your personal experience and support you in your efforts to overcome Bipolar Disorder.
The group will meet on the first Monday of each month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at the Caloundra Community Centre.
58a Queen St, Caloundra
Mental Health Awareness Support Group, Maroochydore, Qld
Members travel from as far away as Doonan in the north, Caboolture in the south and Maleny in the hinterland. As well as the meeting, the group meets socially for Dinner and Breakfast, monthly, at varying venues on the coast.
Kylie Jones, a foundation member of Peter’s Support Group, has approached Peter with the intention of starting her own Support Group. Seeing the need for a more geographically favourable location, it was decided that Kylie would facilitate a second meeting during the month from the more central area of Cotton Tree.
Kylie, who also lives with Bipolar Disorder, has completed various Training and Courses. A Diploma in Community Services, Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs , a Mental Health First Aid Certificate and a Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator course.
Consequently, Kylie is well qualified and experienced to facilitate her Group, not to mention her enthusiasm and passion towards Mental Health.
Kylie’s Support Group will differ from the Caloundra based Bipolar Support Group. It won’t be diagnosis specific. It will be known as a Mental Health Awareness Support Group. Members and their carers/partners with any form of Mental Illness are welcome.
The Group will provide the opportunity for people who are seeking support for all matters of Mental Health. The format will be open forum to encourage talking and meeting others who may have similar life stories to tell. The Group will offer informal support in a positive, non-judgmental environment.
The Mental Health Awareness Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre,
2 Fifth Avenue, Cotton Tree 4558. Members are welcome to arrive at 6pm for tea/coffee and introductions, for a 6:30 to 8:30pm meeting.
Members are welcome to attend either the Caloundra or Maroochydore meetings each month. However if you’d like to attend both, you are more than welcome.
Members from both groups are invited to attend the monthly Dinners and Breakfasts as well.
Both Support Groups are kindly sponsored by the Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland (MIFQ). Kylie and Peter are very grateful for the support of MIFQ.
Both Support Groups believe Recovery from Mental Illness is possible and share the same ethos as MIFQ, being
“Our vision is that people affected by Mental Illness, live the life of their choice, are accepted and valued in the community, and that families and carers are supported and validated”.
If you are interested in attending Kylie’s new group or Peter’s existing Group or you’d would like to know anything further, please contact Kylie or Peter as below