World Mental Health Day – Raising Awareness for Mental Health Education

It’s an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

At home, at work, with family and friends, or in the wider community, we can all do something to help reduce stigma around mental illness and make way for more people to seek help and support.

Dee Why RSL Club is a strong supporter of the local organisation ‘One Door Mental Health – Pioneer Clubhouse’.

One Door operates a day program based on a ‘recovery-oriented model’, explained Pioneer Clubhouse Co-ordinator and UK mental health nurse Tristy Robinson. One Door helps around 100 Northern Beaches locals aged 18 years and over.

“We provide a safe and welcoming environment to assist members to get back into a daily routine; there’s a strong partnership between staff and members here. We focus on tasks throughout the day like admin and running a café.

Pioneer Clubhouse offers various employment and education opportunities as well as social activities – including art groups, writing groups and gardening groups. Members choose the jobs they wish to do, that need doing and get value from by developing specific skills.”

They have also recently commenced an employment training hub and in the coming year, Dee Why RSL will fund the purchase of iPads and software in order to provide appropriate technology for taking orders and payment running the in-house café.

Through this partnership, the Club has provided almost $80,000 in total support in since 2009.

“Thank you to Dee Why RSL for their continual support, which has been critical in helping us develop the employment and training programs we offer to our members.”

The normal day to day clubhouse activities are not only personally rewarding for members, but over a period of time give members the self-confidence to attempt their own job or work placements. As well as developing specific skills, members develop generic skills needed for open employment; ability to work as part of a team, take instructions, work around others, responsibility, being on time, and developing a work tolerance.

“Here it’s very much about being part of a community,” added Tristy.

Pioneer Clubhouse began operating early in 1995 in Balgowlah. It was the result of community efforts to give people with a mental illness an opportunity to recover and rebuild their lives. At this time there was no such facility in the region or anywhere else in NSW. This innovative concept was a reflection of changing attitudes towards mental illness.

For more information contact Pioneer Clubhouse. phone 02 9907 9999 or

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World Mental Health Day, October 10, is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.