SUPPORT GROUP: Tracy Ahlquist from Nanango said she was approached by numerous community members who were looking for a safe space to talk about their mental health.
SUPPORT GROUP: Tracy Ahlquist from Nanango said she was approached by numerous community members who were looking for a safe space to talk about their mental health. Liana Turner

A safe space to heal through unity

NANANGO has a brand new community-driven mental health support group that is set to kick off in August.

Tracy Ahlquist from Nanango said she was approached by numerous community members who were looking for a safe space to talk about their mental health.

"The group is called Holding Space and we are having our first face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, August 6 from 12noon until 1.30pm," she said.

"Holding Space is a place to talk, listen, establish friendships, and heal through unity.

"It's free to attend and will be at Rapid Fitness in Nanango."

Ms Ahlquist said anyone can come along if they're interested.

"We are a group of Nanango residents with mental health who recognised that an opportunity to connect face-to-face for support and healing was needed in our community," she said.

"Holding Space has established protocols and guidelines for face-to-face meeting to create safety for our most vulnerable, so we can talk to hear one another, establish friendships and support each other through unity.

"The group is also supported by a number of qualified volunteers who will assist us to stay on point by facilitating the group."

Ms Ahlquist said the group is not allied with any religious, political, government, or non-government institutions or organisations.

"Also if you are interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator, you are welcome to join us at the face to face meeting in August," she said.

For more information visit the group's Facebook page, Nanango Mental Health Peer Support Group.