For all our Mr. Perfect community seeking that extra level of support and most importantly action, read on courtesy of Jack Jones, Growth Room Manager at The Banksia Project.
The Banksia Project is an organisation that has been developed by young men throughout Sydney who want to make a change regarding Mens mental health. Right now, it is an epidemic. Not enough action is being taken to reduce the rate amongst young Australian males.
Unlike other mental health providers and services, the Banksia Project aims to improve and increase mental wellness practices, not focussing on mental illness. We look to provide a network for individuals to be comfortable to express and comprehend their feelings and avoid heading down a mental illness path. It is a preventative approach.
We have combined with the UTS health and psychology unit to develop the Growth Rooms; community led meetings of around 10-15 men, where mental wellness practices are taught and encouraged. Community facilitators have been trained to run the Growth Rooms to ensure conversation is guided towards our psychologists modules, for the best possible outcomes. They will run for 2 hours, once a month, for a 6 month period
These groups are completely confidential. They provide a safe space for men in our community to develop relationships with others around them, on a like-minded journey towards mental wellness. They are completely free and have been established and coordinated by the banksia project. All that we ask is that individuals complete a short survey before and after the 6 month program, to measure its effectiveness.
This has never been done before. It is a first of its kind approach that may change the game when it comes to men's mental health. It may help us put an end to this horrible epidemic that currently affects us all in some way throughout our community. It may be your friend, brother, dad, uncle, partner or colleague that suffers, we all know someone.
To find out more check out the flyer below and go to www.thebanksiaproject.com.au