Are you after some support to achieve change in your life right now? Check out our new series of face-to-face group sessions. Limited Spaces Available
CatholicCare Courses 2020
Would you like some support to achieve positive change in your life right now?
You may find what you're looking for in our group sessions. These face to face group sessions are available to adults who would like to strengthen relationships, support children's development and build resilience within a supportive environment, alongside others who share similar life experiences.
All of our 2020 courses are listed on our website. Click below to view the schedule.
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE CatholicCare is a COVID safe agency, which means a limitation on numbers to ensure we are meeting social distancing regulations. Due to this, our groups may be at or close to capacity. If this is the case, there is a waiting list, and clients will be contacted should a space become available. We are able to provide a letter to confirm the place on the waiting list, and if suitable offer alternative support through counselling or referral. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The safety of our clients, staff and community is paramount to us
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of many members of our parishes, schools and communities. In fact, most of us will experience a mental health problem at some point over the course of our lives. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who need our support. Our parishes, organisations and communities can be places of acceptance care and healing, not places of rejection, judgment or stigma.
To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, the Catholic Social Justice Statement, welcomes the deinstitutionalisation of mental health care in Australia. However, without adequately funded community mental health services, there is a gap in the system through which people continue to fall. Social determinants including poverty, living conditions, and personal security are significant contributors to mental ill-health. Experience of First Nations people and communities, asylum seekers and refugees, people who are homeless and those who are in prison are highlighted.
“Our society tends to draw away from, or to push away, those who confront us with our frailties and limitations” which is “completely at odds with the story of Jesus” who “takes on the frailty of the human condition” and ”draws near to those who are sick or who have disabilities, those who are marginalized or despised”. People living with mental ill-health are part of the Body of Christ – ‘us’ and not ‘them’ – and share equally in Jesus’ promise of the fullness of life (Jn 10:10).
You are asked to reject stigmatisation, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community.