One in seven Australians suffer with some form of depression in their lifetime. Based on a measure of its negative effects on communities and individuals, it is currently rated as the world’s third most debilitating and costly illness. The World Health Organization has predicted that by 2030 it will be number one. Studies have shown that depression is implicated in the development of other conditions such as chronic fatigue, weakening of the immune system, heart disease and suicide. It attacks all age groups and social classes, and its effects on family members, friends and work-mates can be enormously challenging.
This free 8-week course aims to provide participants with a structured, educational program about the nature of depression, its known contributing causes and options for recovery. It is not intended to instruct you on what your life should look like nor does it offer a one-size-fits-all strategy to deal with the feelings of being down. Rather it aims to stimulate an attitude of interest and inquiry in you toward your current challenges and to uncover the meanings that feel right for you within the larger story of your unique life. A combination of facilitator input, personal sharing and group exercises will allow you to explore the nature of your experience and then, from there, to consider possible movement toward your desired goals.
Depression is closely linked to social isolation. This support program is designed to offer empathic understanding through interaction with those who have had similar experiences. Professional mental health guidance will provide a framework for group members to explore their neglected strengths so that they are better placed to deal with their depression and begin to build a positive vision of their lives. Donation-based, individual sessions with a counsellor will be available during the eight-week program for participants who desire it.
Venue: Highlands Family Centre: 2 Holmhale St., Bowral
Time: Wednesdays, 7-9pm starting October 12, 2016
Bookings & information: David del Sole: 02 4862 3595