“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.” Rebecca Falls
Support groups are groups of people who get together and share their experiences of a common concern or life issue. The power of a support group comes from the understanding that people within a group have for each other, because as individuals they have dealt with or are still dealing with a mutual problem. The strength of the group lies in their shared stories and their ability to provide empathetic support rather than sympathetic assistance.
In the words of one Community Health Nurse, “Problems seem so much less overwhelming when shared with others who have had the same experience.”
ConnectGroups – Support Groups Association WA Inc is the peak body for Self Help and Support Groups across the state. We act as a referral service (both online and over the phone) for families and individuals looking for Self Help and Support Groups. We link existing groups to information and community networks, assist with support group development and management, help with community resources and services, and provide individual and group skills training. We tailor all our training and assistance to the individual needs of groups and individuals. We provide an advocacy service influencing, improving and assisting change by contributing to government policy.
In 2013 we’ll see the organisation focus on its two Mental Health Commission grants; Pay it Forward and The SHSG Care Package. We will also be looking to how we can support the new Road Trauma Service and will be exploring our Social Enterprise Model; Shared Office Space for Member Groups.
Emergency Contact Numbers
|Lifeline WA:||13 11 14|
|The Samaritans 24/7 Crisis Line||9381 5555|
|The Samaritans 24/7 Youth Crisis Line||9388 2500|
|Suicide Call Back Service||1300 659 467|
|Mental Health Emergency Response Line||1300 555 788|
|Kids Help Line (Children & Teens - anytime/anyreason||1800 551 1800|