Boost for Lismore mental health support organisation
MENTAL health organisation Grow has celebrated 22 years stationed in Lismore with the grand opening of its new premises in South Lismore.
Grow provides a peer-supported program for growth and personal development to people with a mental illness.
It focuses on building relationships to tackle feelings of isolation that usually occur alongside mental health issues.
Grow members, volunteers and employees gathered yesterday at a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Regional field worker for Grow, Teena Mitchell, said the new space marked the next step of Grow’s journey.
“We’re very lucky to have this centre,” she said.
“Our goal is to buy this place, expand and build up more groups.”
Ms Mitchell joined Grow as an employee two years ago, after overcoming her own battle with mental health.
“I’d been really unwell for a long time and didn’t even realise it. I thought of suicide quite often and I’d been in so many bad relationships,” she said.
“I broke down and I ended up in the clinic. That’s where I found out about Grow because they go and talk to inpatients at the hospital.
“I haven’t left since I started.”
Angela Dalu, who has been a Grow member since it began in Lismore, said she felt alone in her battle before she heard about Grow.
“At the time, to be depressed was to be sad, to be grieving,” she said.
“I came to my first group and my life was changed.
“To come into a group and hear them talk, I realised for the first time I was not the only one.
I owe my life to them.”
The new Lismore office is located at 18 Union St.
To attend a meeting, call the NSW office on 9633 1800.