July 12 2010

Building Resilience Against Depression

Building Resilience is a not-for-profit association, set up to empower individuals who suffer from depression or low moods to seek assistance through conventional, natural and creative therapies. More than one in five Aussies are facing this every day, so it’s a very important issue that can be worked on in safe, comfortable surroundings.

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The programme, starting in Brisbane on July 27th, encompasses both educational and active aspects to support and treat anyone in their journey fighting depression.

Program creator Nadine Zrinzo has been battling depression for the past 15 years.

“What I learnt is that everyone’s experience with depression is different and that a one size fits all approach will not always work. We all need to manage the complexities of our lives, families, jobs and other priorities, making it sometimes necessary to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to managing depression.”

I agree! And the programme reflects this pretty well. Some of the topics covered are conventional such as psychology, exercise, nutrition and medication; others are natural such as acupuncture and naturopathy; whilst some are creative (yay!) such as art therapy. The topics covered for the course starting on the 24th August are available at the website. My favourite angle they examine is self-care, something I struggle with a lot.

There are just twelve participants in each work group, so there is a relaxed atmosphere. They even let you bring a loved one for support. Sometimes the people around us need a hand too, and it can help them understand what really helps us get by.

“We are endeavouring set up a program that helps participants to gain clarity about their path to happiness, through the assistance of a variety of trained practitioners.”


When: Tuesday 24 August – Tuesday 6 October
When: 6pm – 8pm
Where: The Exchange, Shop 1, 42 Blamey Street, Kelvin Grove, QLD

Building Resilience is celebrating their first round on August 24th, with an introductory 50% rate. Check it out, or pass onto anyone you think would benefit.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis and requires immediate assistance please contact one of the services below:

Ambulance Services – call 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
SANE 1800 18 7263


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    5 months ago

    This sounds like a great idea, and I hope the participants get what they need out of it. But naturopathy and other “natural” medicines???

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    robyn kieseker

    5 months ago

    this is a great iniative. hope to get there. charlotte, there are natural alternatives around. you can contact me on my linked in page – have a look at dr philip days’ the abc’s of disease and how he treats mental illness.

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    Judi Shearer

    5 months ago

    Charlotte…it was interesting to read your blog post.

    With all the news in the media and advertising it would appears that there are only medical answers to depression.

    I am a health practitioner who has worked in the natural medicine area for over 30 years. I am in private practice as a psycho-therapist and one of the main areas ia am particularly interested in is depression and have had great succss with cliens who look at this in a holistic way.

    I am also a lecturer at Endeavour College where I lecture on holistic medicine modalities.

    I will be presenting at the 1st session of the program and am delighted to contribute my time to the program.

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