Pull on your odd socks for men­tal health

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

It’s not ev­ery day you head to work or school in odd socks.

But this week that’s ex­actly what GROW is ask­ing ev­ery­one in Co­bram-Ba­rooga to do.

Once a year GROW holds a na­tional ‘odd socks day’ to raise aware­ness of men­tal health, to de-stig­ma­tise it and pro­mote its work.

This year the Mur­ray to Moun­tain re­gion of GROW is hold­ing its ‘odd socks day’ in Co­bram at Fed­er­a­tion Park on Friday.

Start­ing at 11 am and run­ning un­til 3 pm the event will in­clude a free sausage siz­zle, guest speak­ers and a band for en­ter­tain­ment.

Or­gan­iser Michael Cur­tis said GROW was a com­mu­ni­ty­based men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tion that started in Syd­ney more than 60 years ago.

He said there were now GROW groups in all states and ter­ri­to­ries through­out Aus­tralia and the or­gan­i­sa­tion had spread over­seas to coun­tries in­clud­ing the United States, Ire­land and New Zealand.

‘‘The GROW pro­gram has been de­vel­oped from the learnt ex­pe­ri­ence of peo­ple from GROW groups across the 60 years it has been op­er­at­ing,’’ Mr Cur­tis said.

‘‘GROW is a valu­able ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram that teaches how to man­age our emo­tions so we can live a hap­pier and health­ier life,’’ he said.

‘‘Our meet­ings are 100 per cent con­fi­den­tial. Mem­bers are ex­tremely wel­com­ing, mak­ing it friendly and com­fort­able for first timers.’’

GROW gives par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity:

● To learn how to eval­u­ate the symp­toms of anx­i­ety, stress and de­pres­sion.

● To of­fer peer sup­port and share chal­lenges and as­pi­ra­tions in 100 per cent con­fi­den­tial­ity.

● To learn what true friend­ships are and have an op­por­tu­nity to make new friends.

● To learn new skills to have a hap­pier, health­ier and more pros­per­ous life.

● To meet and grow on a weekly ba­sis with like-minded peo­ple.

● To de­velop the lead­er­ship skills GROW be­lieves ex­ists in all of us.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to: www.grow.org.au/

Best feet for­ward: Friday is GROW’s ‘odd socks day’ to raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues.

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