REACH Wellbeing Program 

Reach Wellbeing Program

The REACH program is a 9-week psycho-educational wellbeing group (based on the principles of responsibility, education, acceptance, connection and hope) to help participants who experience depression or bipolar to manage their mental health and stay well.

Topics include: 

  • fostering strengths

  • dealing with loss and grief

  • identifying early warning signs and triggers

  • wellbeing strategies

  • nurturing support networks

  • creating a unique Wellbeing Plan

Eligibility criteria for participants:

  • Over 18 years old

  • Diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder, for a minimum of one year

  • Capacity to participate in a group setting

  • Capacity to commit to attending the 9 weekly sessions

  • Acceptance of illness

  • Motivation to implement personal change strategies

Facilitators profiles:

Samuel Walker from BIG co-facilitates the REACH Wellbeing Program with Jillian le Gros from Bayside Mental Health Service generally once a year - offering their unique blend of lived experience and mental health nursing perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach makes for an incredibly rich and diverse program where people who experience mood disorders like depression and bipolar can learn together new skills and strategies that support positive mental health and boost wellbeing.

Samuel Walker is a lived experience practitioner and the Coordinator of BIG, a purely peer-operated mental health community on Brisbane’s Bayside. He brings to the group his unique peer perspective as someone who has not only lived with a mood disorder for over 20 years, but has learned to live well. Jillian Le Gros is a clinical mental health nurse with Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from years of both clinical and community practice. Together they form a dynamic and diverse team who facilitate a truly transformative program for people wishing to work on their recovery from mental health challenges.

Bayside Initiatives Group Inc.
Unit 8 / 37 Veronica St.
Capalaba, QLD 4157

For more information contact BIG on:
(07) 3390 1116
0499 747 000

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