Even Keel Support Group Overview

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One of the most powerful tools a person can use in their journey of recovery from their mental illness is a support group. Even Keel’s support groups assist all to gain a greater understanding of mental illness and promote recovery. We welcome anyone over the age of eighteen.

Our groups are informal and friendly, focusing on sharing common experiences such as how having a mental illness affects your life and the impact on others around you. Other topics that get discussed are:

    • the stresses of day-to-day living
    • coping strategies that can assist
    • exercise
    • medications and its side effects (informally)
    • the chemical imbalance mental illness can bring about in the brain/body
    • the importance of sleep
    • stigma
    • social media
    • socialization
    • finding the right level of support within the community
    • coping with remorse and guilt over behaviour when unwell
    • how to progress and achieve recovery

All information supplied is of a general nature and we try our best to assist in identifying appropriate referral options.

For the individuals who attend our support groups, we find that it helps them to take control of their own health through encouraging balanced medication, supporting choices to have improved self-management practices and identifying behaviour triggers that can lead to ill-health.

Some recent comments from individuals that have attended our support groups:

“Just having someone who understands there to talk to…”

 “It’s important to have someone to discuss the issues and provide immediate advice…”

“Even Keel facilitators encouraged me to refocus on strategies that have worked for me before and that there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’…”

For family, friends and carers (even associates or colleagues) our support groups offer openness to discuss risk-taking behaviours, provide tips on how to manage this aspect of their loved one’s illness better.

Some recent comments from family members and carers that have attended our support groups:

“Even Keel improved my awareness and understanding of my loved one’s illness and helped me to develop coping strategies to manage better…”

“Attending the Even Keel support groups have had a positive impact on my family members’ health and wellbeing for I understand more now.”

“Even Keel contributed to improvements in my own wellbeing”

 Why a support group?

A group provides friendly, informal meetings for people who have had a lived experience of mental illness and provides an opportunity to discuss common problems and how best to live with this serious and often debilitating illness.

The uniqueness of Even Keel Support Association’s groups is that our facilitators have personal experience and are caring, supportive, and empathic. Because of our lived experiences and training, we have an understanding of what every participant brings and shares with everyone present.

It gives people an opportunity to speak about themselves without fear or stigma of being judged. Our groups are in safe and supportive environments, in addition, we hope to assist individuals to gain confidence with people and in the community.

Many people find that the real value of a group is the time to talk with others about, living with a mood disorder. Most individuals that use our service commend the high level of commitment of staff and volunteers. These individuals noted the importance of their shared experience with mental illness and one member stated that it “makes a big difference in understanding” the issues.

We hope to improve community engagement by running these mutual support and self-help support groups in various locations in the metropolitan area including the Peel region, as well as one mutual support and self-help group in the South West region of Western Australian in Busselton.

The majority of our mutual support and self-help groups are located in the suburbs of Perth such as Cannington, Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland, Riverton, and Yokine. We also include the Peel Region of Mandurah and Rockingham.

Even Keel also facilitates in-patient information sessions at the majority of the psychiatric treatment facilities around the metropolitan and Peel region. These facilities include Bentley Hospital, Mimidi Park and Sir Charles Gardner Hospital.

List of Support Groups

Cannington Group

Location:     The Leisure Plex, cnr Wharf & Sevenoaks Sts, Cannington
When:         4:30pm, last Saturday of each month
Contact:      Brenda 0498 476 840 or Office (08) 9274 8200

Fremantle Group

Location:     The Meeting Place, 245 South Tce, South Fremantle
When:         1pm, First Saturday of each month
Contact:      Darryn 0419 963 700 or Office (08) 9274 8200

Joondalup Group

Location:     Joondalup Public Library 1st Floor, Meeting Room 1, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup
When:         1pm, 1st Thursday of each month
Contact:      Freddie 0472 668 294 or (08) 9274 8200.

Midland Group

Location:     Midland Women’s Health Care Place, 4 The Avenue, Midland (Entrance at the Back)
When:         10am, last Saturday of the month
Contact:      Jessica 0439 522 140 or Office (08) 9274 8200

NOTE: Parking is located along the side of the building and the entrance is at the back of the building through a wooden gate then turn to the right.

Riverton Group

Location:     McDonalds Restaurant on, High Road, Riverton
When:         6pm, 2nd Tues of each month
Contact:      Lyn on 0404 022 902 (after hours)

Rockingham Group

When:         2pm, 3rd Sun of each month
Location:     Contact Ingrid 0412 522 387 (8 AM to 8 PM ONLY)

Yokine Group

Location:     Yokine Community Centre, 287 McDonald Street, Yokine
When:         1pm, 3rd Saturday of each month
Contact:      Brenda 0498 476 840 or Office (08) 9274 8200

Busselton Group

Location:     85 Bussell Hwy
When:         Wednesday only by appointment

Inpatient Information Sessions

Bentley Hospital: Mills Street, Bentley

Fremantle Hospital: Alma Street, Fremantle

Marian Centre: Cambridge Street, Wembley

Mimidi Park: PaRK Mental Health Services Elanora Drive, Rockingham

Royal Perth: Ward 2K Wellington St, Perth WA 6000

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital: Located at Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Hospital Ave, Nedlands

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