Ease fear, improve wellbeing at group

WITH global wars, booming living costs and housing shortages, it’s not hard to understand why the number of those suffering with anxiety and depression is growing.

In fact, the World Health Organisation says the first year of Covid saw anxiety and depression cases rise by 25 per cent and this is also a figure reflected in the local community, according to Bankstown Anxiety Group convenor Rachel Flint.
But the good news is that attending a support group, like the one offered at Bankstown Library in the Lansdowne Room on the first Monday of the month, 6-8pm, can make all the difference to your mental health and well-being.
For men and women aged 18 to 80, the group usually attracts about half a dozen participants each month.
“You never know who or how many are going to turn up,” Rachael said.
“But we know who we see is just the tip of the iceberg; a lot of people are finding it hard to adjust to our ever-changing world.
“But coming along to our safe space really helps as people discover they are not alone in their fears and can share their experiences if they want to.”
She said talking about your feelings could also break down the social isolation often experienced by sufferers.
“Forming connections with others who understand can also help you get back on the road to recovery,” she said.
Provided by WayAhead, a state-based mental health charity, the group is open to all cultures. Book your place: or 9339 6013.