Cruising toward better mental health

Sunny skies and a leisurely trip on the Clarence River, complete with Christmas lunch and a ukelele band, made for a perfect excursion recently for 50 friends of the local Mental Heath Support Group.

It was a great day out and wonderful to see people who have the challenge of mental health issues enjoying a fantastic day on the river, said Mental Health Support Group co-ordinator, Barbara Swain. The old ferry boat was perfect with plenty of space so people were able to make new friends, join in with a sing-a-long, try some dance routines or just stretch out in the sun and simply enjoy being on the water.

The Mental Health Support Group is a small organisation that tries to help people on the road to recovery from mental heath problems. Outings that allow people to have fun and make new friends are an integral part of this.

The excursions are only possible with the help and co-operation of local agencies including New Horizons, Ontrack, GROW, Nexus and Mission Australia, said Barbara.

The group is always looking for more volunteers. If you have some spare time and want to help, phone Barbara on 6628 7936.


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