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Banksia Project Launches ‘Growth Rooms’ Ahead of Men’s Health Week

As International Men’s Health Week kicks off again, it’s safe to say the mental health challenges being faced by men across the globe are more than acute as ever.

That’s why men’s mental health support group The Banksia Project has expanded its free services to include increased virtual support, in line with demand and alarming unemployment figures during COVID-19.

The Banksia Project is a community of ongoing connection and support, which provides a safe, judgement-free service called “Growth Rooms” – free to attend and conducted weekly via Zoom. The hour-long sessions, facilitated by trained volunteers, focus on ways to overcome daily challenges and encourage participants to connect with like-minded peers and share life experiences.

Early results have been nothing to sneeze at. After just three Growth Room sessions, participants on average reported feeling 40 per cent more connected, 30 per cent more resilient and 25 per cent happier.

Now the group has expanded its offering, launching up to two additional Growth Rooms a fortnight, with the opportunity for women to also join.

The Banksia Project’s Program Director, Jack Jones said Banksia Project’s focus on community and open sharing is vital to overcoming anxiety and loneliness, particularly as we slowly but surely oull out of this difficult time. “It’s clear that Australians are actively looking for support networks, and we are determined to encourage as many people to try out our free Growth Rooms and experience their benefits,” he says.

After just three Growth Room sessions, participants on average reported feeling 40 per cent more connected, 30 per cent more resilient and 25 per cent happier.

Each Growth Room hosts up to 10 people to ensure participants can forge strong, ongoing relationships within a small group, and additional support and referral networks are available if required.

“We liken our groups to a ‘gym for the mind,’ as they encourage prevention and maintenance of mental health through education, regular support, trust and mateship. We recommend participants attend as many sessions as possible to build a strong sense of community and a self-care strategy tailored to their needs,” Jack says.

To register for a free virtual Growth Room or enquire to become a Volunteer Facilitator, visit: https://thebanksiaproject.org.au

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