Friday, February 23, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Share Your Story At Weekly Support Group

Anyone in the community that wakes up in the morning feeling sad, lost or alone is encouraged to reach out and come along to the On The Men-d Support Group which takes place at the Skatepark in Cannonvale every Wednesday.

Initially a men’s group, the support network is now open to everyone regardless of gender.

Established by qualified counsellor, Bob Eden, the informal weekly catch-up is an opportunity for people to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe and respectful space.

“It’s all about expressing your feelings and helping you heal,” said Bob.

“If you want to share, then share, if you don’t want to, then don’t, it’s totally up to you.

“This is a safe place of non-judgement where everyone will feel acceptance and validation.”

Bob started his own mental health journey in 1984 when he began suffering with depression, a condition he battled for 20 years.

During this time, he was “locked into anti-depressant addiction” and living in a system which he believes “wanted customers not cures”.

It took him many years to realise that what really helped him was talking and sharing his experiences with others.

This is the main impetus behind his support group where the philosophy of the talking stick offers everyone in the group a voice to share their stories if they wish.

The support group takes place every Wednesday at the Skatepark in Cannonvale at 10am.

There is also a meeting every Saturday at 7am via zoom.

For more information about the group, please contact Bob directly on or call him on 0458 772 726.

WHAT: On The Men’d Support Group

WHERE: Cannonvale Skatepark

WHEN: Every Wednesday at 10am

Caption: Bob Eden started the support group to encourage other people to share their stories. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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