It’s not every day you head to work or school in odd socks.
But this week that’s exactly what GROW is asking everyone in Cobram-Barooga to do.
Once a year GROW holds a national ‘odd socks day’ to raise awareness of mental health, to de-stigmatise it and promote its work.
This year the Murray to Mountain region of GROW is holding its ‘odd socks day’ in Cobram at Federation Park on Friday.
Starting at 11am and running until 3pm the event will include a free sausage sizzle, guest speakers and a band for entertainment.
Organiser Michael Curtis said GROW was a community-based mental health organisation that started in Sydney more than 60 years ago.
He said there were now GROW groups in all states and territories throughout Australia and the organisation had spread overseas to countries including the United States, Ireland and New Zealand.
‘‘The GROW program has been developed from the learnt experience of people from GROW groups across the 60 years it has been operating,’’ Mr Curtis said.
‘‘GROW is a valuable educational program that teaches how to manage our emotions so we can live a happier and healthier life,’’ he said.
‘‘Our meetings are 100 per cent confidential. Members are extremely welcoming, making it friendly and comfortable for first timers.’’
GROW gives participants the opportunity:
●To learn how to evaluate the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.
●To offer peer support and share challenges and aspirations in 100 per cent confidentiality.
●To learn what true friendships are and have an opportunity to make new friends.
●To learn new skills to have a happier, healthier and more prosperous life.
●To meet and grow on a weekly basis with like-minded people.
●To develop the leadership skills GROW believes exists in all of us.
●For more information, go to: www.grow.org.au/