What we're about

The reason this group exists:

This group provides an opportunity for people who experience anxiety/panic attacks/depression to meet, share and connect.

We endeavour to provide space for members to be themselves, as well as, provide space for members to share their struggles and accomplishments (no matter how big or small).

We aim to hold events that support, educate and gets us social.

A bit about the organisers:

Bè:

Hey guys :)

After many years unemployed due to my 'illness', I stumbled into working in the mental health sector. I now work as a researcher and educator with a number of government agencies, NGOs and other service providers to advocate for the rights and dignity of people who experience acute mental health distress. My aim is to improve programs and services that enhance service user outcomes.

I also work with people to support them in improving their wellbeing and in participating as active social citizens, in the way they choose, as valued members of society. My work with this Meetup group is an example of this.

We are experts through our experiences, and as such, I use my lived experience of 'diagnosis' and 'treatment' to inform my work. Although its taken longer than usual, I managed to complete a IV honours degree in social science and humanities and am now undertaking a PhD degree in Virtue Ethics and Mental Health Practice. I take a person-led, strengths-based, relational and inclusive approach to advocate for a model of support that places us at the fore of mental health programs and services and challenge mainstream models of services and practice that perpetuate stigma and discrimination.

Caroline:

Hi there!

I experience panic attacks and as a result have seen therapists, psychologists, read several books and vast materials online, practised therapies and techniques to help me along my journey in overcoming some of my everyday worries. I work as an artisan jeweller after leaving a corporate IT profession. Ive learnt a lot about myself and my illness and would love to share my experiences with people in the hope we can learn from each other.

Additional notes about the group:

* This group is not meant to replace any medical services, or other treatments, you are receiving. It is purely for support and educational purposes only.

* We aspire to create a safe, casual and welcoming space. Please let us know how we can do that for you. Anyone wanting a phone call or a one-on-one meeting before thinking of turning up to a group event can contact any of the organisers on Meetup's messaging page to request one.

* This is an open group and members are welcome to bring friends/family members.

* We don't get upset if you don't turn up to an event. We take RSVP as an indicator, not a commitment by you. Please feel free to RSVP and not show, or show up without RSVPing.

* We encourage participation in this group, including sharing information through the discussion forum, hosting your own Meetup events or posting suggestions.

* Offers by members to step up as organisers, or to assist in paying for the annual Meetup fee, are welcome.

Upcoming events (5+)

Last Picnic Lunch for 2019!

Victoria Park

Hey fighters! Let's have a picnic! Our last one for 2019. Meet 11am at Victoria Park in front of the old Gardner's Cottage Cafe. Bring your own snacks, buy something from the cafe or buy something from the supermarkets across the road at Broadway shopping centre. We usually sit at the benches next to the flying fox. This is a safe and welcoming group and we are here to support and provide opportunities for connections. You are welcome to bring friends and family, as well as, join and leave at your choosing. My number is[masked] if you need to locate us on the day. Hope to see you there :)

Mental Health Reading Group

Humanist House

A monthly reading group about mental health, the mental health sector, society and our place in it. For full details, please see our friends at Critical Perspectives on Madness at: https://www.meetup.com/Critical-Perspectives-on-Madness-Reading-Group/

Alternative to Suicide Support Group

228 Illawarra Rd

A new, safe and casual peer-led support group for people who are or have experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviours. Come and share your experiences and other forms of emotional distress without fear of judgment. We aim to listen, share, learn from each other, inspire and won't try and 'fix' or diagnose you. This is a non-medical space, there are no pre-requisites to participate (such as current contact with mental health services). And you can attend even if you don't have a current 'crisis' - all who have experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviours are welcome. The only one of its kind in Sydney, this support group is run by people who have experienced suicidal thoughts and/or actions. Hosted by Off The Wall, this group will be run fortnightly between 6.30 to 8pm at Marrickville's Frontyard Projects -- 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville 2204 (7 min walk to Marrickville Station). For further information, please visit: http://www.offthewall.net.au

Alternative to Suicide Support Group

228 Illawarra Rd

A new, safe and casual peer-led support group for people who are or have experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviours. Come and share your experiences and other forms of emotional distress without fear of judgment. We aim to listen, share, learn from each other, inspire and won't try and 'fix' or diagnose you. This is a non-medical space, there are no pre-requisites to participate (such as current contact with mental health services). And you can attend even if you don't have a current 'crisis' - all who have experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviours are welcome. The only one of its kind in Sydney, this support group is run by people who have experienced suicidal thoughts and/or actions. Hosted by Off The Wall, this group will be run fortnightly between 6.30 to 8pm at Marrickville's Frontyard Projects -- 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville 2204 (7 min walk to Marrickville Station). For further information, please visit: http://www.offthewall.net.au

Past Events

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