About Bayside Initiatives Group Inc.
Since 2000, BIG has been supporting mental health consumers throughout the Redland and Bayside areas by offering 1-on-1 and group peer support, advocating on behalf of our members, encouraging participation in positive social networks and community events, and most importantly, providing our drop-in centre Community House - a welcoming sanctuary where members can feel safe and included.
Bayside Initiatives Group aims to:
Help you identify your interests, strengths an passions to enable you to reach your potential in life;
Offer a variety of fun, empowering and therapeutic programs focused on positive mental health outcomes;
Help you to understand your rights as a mental health consumer;
Offer consumers with pathways and projects that improve mental health services.
Help you to develop positive social networks, make friends and feel less isolated.
Members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of initiatives to address mental health issues, including:
Professional development for health service personnel;
Representing BIG in the mental health sector and leading in the Peer Movement in Queensland;
Mental health presentations in the public and private sectors.
Promotional and awareness campaigns targeted towards mental health consumers and the general public.
During the year BIG participates in community events including:
Thrive By The Bay
The Bay Islands Multicultural Festival
Mental Health Forums
Redlands Spring Festival
Mental Health Week
– Some facts –
One person in five will experience mental health issues in their life time.
There are different types of mental health issues, different causes and different types of treatment.
Some people will experience mental health issues just once, for others it may be recurrent, while some experience long-term symptoms.
Mental health issues can cause distress and challenges for the person experiencing it, as well as their family, friends and colleagues.
Help is available; ask your local doctor, mental health service, psychologist or psychiatrist.