Back to busi­ness for lo­cal sup­port group

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Te­gan Guthrie

A one-stop shop for peo­ple seek­ing sup­port and ad­vice on men­tal health is­sues has re­opened fol­low­ing the Christ­mas break.

Mates 4 Mates Gold­field­sEsper­ance re­sumed its weekly sup­port group and safe space at 24-26 Burt Street this week.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 6pm-7pm the doors are open for any­one who wants to at­tend a men­tal health sup­port group, and from 10.30am ev­ery Fri­day the space is a drop-in cen­tre for peo­ple look­ing for ad­vice and sup­port.

Pres­i­dent Kathy Niko­laenko said Mates 4 Mates was avail­able to any­one who was hav­ing a rough time, or knew some­body who could use a help­ing hand.

“On Fri­days we don’t have a pro­gram, we just open up and any­one who wants to come in is more than wel­come,” she said.

“We have the re­sources here for any­one try­ing to find out what is avail­able and where to go, and we can walk be­side them if needs be.”

Ms Niko­laenko said the sup­port group nights of­ten drew no more than five peo­ple, but they were open to any­one who needed help.

“It is not like go­ing to a coun­sel- lor, we’re not coun­sel­lors,” she said.

“We don’t ask ques­tions or hound peo­ple about what is wrong.

“We’re just there when you are ready and will lis­ten when you need us.

“And reach­ing out is a big step, and it can be daunt­ing, so we don’t pres­sure any­one into telling us their story . . . it’s up to you who you share it with.”

Ms Niko­laenko said she was look­ing for fi­nan­cial sup­port to keep the shop op­er­at­ing in the fu­ture.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Ms Niko­laenko on 0430 447 785.

Pic­ture: Tori O’Con­nor

Mates 4 Mates Gold­fields-Esper­ance’s Keith Cowan and Kathy Niko­laenko.

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