Mental illness aid

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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Participants at last year’s building resilience workshop in October.
Camera IconParticipants at last year’s building resilience workshop in October. Credit: Supplied

The Mental Illness Fellowship of WA will host a range of mental health workshops for Narrogin residents, with the first program starting next week.

The My Recovery Snapshot program is a free peer education workshop for people living with mental illness.

It will take place at the Dryandra Country Visitor Centre on March 9 and 10.

MIFWA work-ready project officer Uli Schoen said the program would give participants an opportunity to learn about mental health and recovery.

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Wellways to Work is also coming to Narrogin, and will run from April 16-May 28.

“Wellways to Work is a seven-week education and support program that supports people affected by mental health issues to take steps towards work and study,” Ms Schoen said.

Ms Schoen said both MIFWA programs would be firsts for Narrogin.

“Both programs are led by peers — trained people who have their own lived experience of mental health issues and recovery,” she said.

“This helps create a safe place for sharing experiences and learning new tools to assist in recovery.”

According to MIFWA, evaluation shows that people taking part in these workshops leave feeling more empowered and confident to challenge stigma and improve their overall health.

To register, call Ms Schoen on 9237 8900.

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