I’m happy to say a new mental health support group for Ōmokoroa and the surrounding area is to hold its first get-together at the end of October.
It’s hoped Junction Coffee and Chat will take place on the last Monday each month, at the Ōmokoroa Community Church on Hamurana Road.
The initial session to assess the level of interest will be from 11am-12pm on the 30th of October. Those in nearby Pahoia, Whakamārama and Te Puna are also most welcome.
It’s a public environment and isn’t designed for in-depth discussion of health and illness for safety reasons. It’s about having respect and understanding towards all involved and how they may be feeling. 027 549 5410. Matthew.
Come along for a free cuppa and meet others in the community who can sit alongside you as we support one another to fully live a good quality of life.
It helps to share with others – tea or coffee and friends; the perfect blend to help relax and bring some sunshine through the cloud of isolation.
The idea is to have a friendly, safe environment for peers to get together and socialise, discuss life and what is happening for them. It’s a public environment and isn’t designed for in-depth discussion of health and illness for safety reasons. It’s about having respect and understanding towards all involved and how they may be feeling.
There is a growing evidence base of positive outcomes from peer support services. Whether you have experience of depression, anxiety or bipolar – you are not alone.
My personal journey of learning about that side of me began almost 20 years ago. I know I have benefitted greatly from just talking with people who “get it” and to whom some of my feelings have made sense. I am optimistic we can do some good together when people join up this way – just for a coffee and chat.
Junction of Greerton offers peer support and advocacy for people with an experience of mental illness or addictions. It is part of Turning Point Trust, which is contracted to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and is based at the Historic Village on 17th Avenue. I wish to volunteer to facilitate an Ōmokoroa group. In turn, I appreciate the guidance of Junction in seeking to establish this local support option.
Contact me if you have any questions or want to let me know you hope to make it along – or just pop by on the morning.