A free USQ mental health service initiative will make access to expert support much easier for people suffering from mental health problems.
Run by the USQ Ipswich Psychology and Counselling Clinic, the information sessions are held every Tuesday at Aveo Springfield (12-1pm) and USQ Ipswich (1-2pm).
Clinic Director Jean McCausland-Green said the program provided benefits for both the University and the wider Ipswich community.
“We are aware that it can take months for people to see a psychologist, while not everyone can afford the services,” she said.
“These information sessions are an informal and friendly way for people to get professional advice about coping and resilience strategies and learn practical tools to improve their overall wellbeing.”
The sessions are run by provisionally registered psychologists, currently undertaking postgraduate studies at the University.
Topics that are covered include sleep tips and tricks, beating the blues, stress management, mindfulness and grief.
USQ Psychology student Brittany Apps, who has previously run similar sessions for residents at Aveo Springfield, said she jumped at the chance to be involved.
“It’s been a rewarding opportunity to get some hands-on experience, whether it is applying my skills through group work or delivering a presentation,” she said.
“I believe we’re already seeing some positives outcomes, and I’m proud to be part of a program that is offering a valuable service to the public.”
For more information about the services available at the USQ Ipswich Psychology and Counselling Clinic, visit Psychology Clinic or phone 3812 6163.
Healthy and Active Minds
When: Every Tuesday, 12-1pm
Where: Aveo Springfield Auditorium, 2 Symphony Way, Springfield Central
Healthy Minds – Healthy Life Group
When: Every Tuesday, 1-2pm (until June 18)
Where: USQ Ipswich Psychology Clinic (Room B223), 11 Salisbury Rd, Ipswich
* No RSVP required for either group. For more information, contact Jean McCausland-Green on 3812 6183.
Provisional psychologist Brittany Apps.