Minds 101 Perth Mental Health Peer Support Group
About the Group
The group was formed to enable anyone who is having problems coping with life to learn new skills. There are no professional counsellors and we do not give or interfere with any medical advice.
Members can learn how to find their own solutions, using very basic principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from a published, self-help text book. The group does not use 12-step or religious methods.
Members are free to decide what suits them and what doesn’t. No one is ever forced to do or reveal anything they do not wish to. We want people to feel at ease.
Minds 101 is not allied with, or funded by, any outside organization. It is fully self-supporting. This gives members the freedom to discuss anything troubling them, with the knowledge that no one outside the group will become involved.
Self-help support groups have been proven as an effective tool for mental health issues since Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1935 and refined when Grow Australia branched out from A.A. in 1957.
Peer support groups are not designed to replace professional treatment, but to complement it. Usually counselling or treatment has a finite lifespan, leaving people at a loss as to where to go for ongoing support.
Consequently, free peer based support is an ideal way to fill the gap. People help each other as equals, not judging or labelling anyone, and focusing on the problem rather than the person.
Confidentiality is vital and only first names are used. If someone is in severe distress, then they will be advised to seek immediate professional care.
Graham was an active member of A.A. from 1986 to 2006, and became a Grow member in 2013.
He has gained extensive experience in running self-help group meetings as a result, and has seen just about everything that can happen in a meeting.
Having suffered not only alcohol addiction, but chronic anxiety and depression, he has had to learn coping strategies himself.
Through various treatment centres, he has learned the CBT (and ACT) techniques that are used in this group.
Graham is now in his mid-sixties, has been married since 1974, has two adult children and an adult granddaughter.
While very much an introvert, he is passionate about mental health issues, and especially people helping each other find their own solutions.
About the Venue
CLAN Midland Incorporated has kindly offered us the use of the Midvale Neighbourhood Centre to hold our meetings and to satisfy mandatory insurance requirements.
The building is essentially a small self-contained flat with a lounge, kitchen, toilet facilities and secure backyard. Onsite parking available.
This will help members feel safe and at ease, and there is little outside noise on weekends to disturb the meeting.