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Free mental health information sessions to empower family and carers


The Buderim Private Hospital’s Cooinda Mental Health Service is offering a series of free mental health information sessions for the family and carers of a person who has experienced a mental illness.

The purpose of these sessions is to inform and empower attendees so they can use the knowledge to better understand and support their loved one.

Rae Priaulx, Director of Clinical Services, said that a special effort is made to ensure the sessions are presented in everyday language and delivered in a friendly, supportive environment.

“Mental health is one of the major health issues currently facing Australians and this extends to our Sunshine Coast community,” Ms Priaulx said.

“Through the Cooinda Mental Health Service, we will continue to support people in our community living with mental illness and equip their loved ones with quality information to help and support their recovery,” she said.

The sessions will be presented by specialist mental health clinicians such as psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nurses.

The sessions for 2018 are:

Wednesday 14 March – The treatment of chronic pain

Wednesday 13 June – The treatment of personality disorders

Wednesday 12 September – Supporting loved ones with depression

Wednesday ​12 December – Supporting loved ones with anxiety disorders

The sessions are held from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Cooinda Mental Health Service on the hospital campus at 12 Elsa Wilson Drive, Buderim.

For more information and to register your interest in attending, call 07 5452 0658 or visit the hospital’s website here.

Buderim Private Hospital has been serving the Sunshine Coast community since 1980 and is part of UnitingCare Health - one of the largest not-for-profit private hospital groups in Queensland which manages more than 1000 licensed beds across four hospitals.