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.