Living Catholic e-News October 2016
Navigating mental illness
It is easy to lose sight of recovery amid the fog of depression but through a support group in Adelaide, Dr Michael Musker is giving people new hope of navigating mental illness.
A senior research fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Mind & Brain Theme, Dr Musker has teamed with Centacare mental health worker Debra Daw to deliver the Black Dog Institute’s REACH program.
It is the second time Centacare has brought the psycho-educational wellbeing group to SA.
REACH is being highlighted as part of Mental Health Week. People with diagnosed mood disorders meet weekly to learn from one another, share their stories, and develop a plan to get better – and stay well.
“By sharing experiences with others, participants can see they are not alone,’’ Dr Musker says.
"Techniques such as expressive writing and mindfulness exercises are used to highlight the importance of hope in dealing with depression and bipolar disorder.
“We provide participants with the skills to help themselves and keep track of their illness. We also help them understand what happens when they relapse, and how they might respond.’’
In their lifetime, one in seven Australians will experience depression and one in 33 men and women will be affected by bipolar disorder.
The REACH program runs 6-8pm every Thursday to December 8 at Centacare’s Fennescey House, 33 Wakefield St, Adelaide. For bookings, phone Centacare 8159 1400.
Information on Mental Health Week activities can be found on Centacare’s website