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Featured Project - Groups 4 Health

Want to expand your social world and improve your health? If you are experiencing low mood, or just feel isolated and in need of developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones, then the FREE program GROUPS 4 HEALTH might be for you!

Groups 4 Health


Groups 4 Health is an evidence-based group program that is designed to help people better understand and manage their social relationships, with the goal of improving health and well-being. It consists of 5 x 1.5 hour weekly sessions with 6-8 participants per group.

Is GROUPS 4 HEALTH a program for me?

If you are feeling:

  • sad,
  • stressed and nervous, or
  • lonely or isolated

then Groups 4 Health can help. The program addresses these issues by helping you to strengthen your existing social connections and develop new ones.

What topics will be covered?

Session 1 – Why your social group ties matter?

  • Increases awareness of the role that social groups play in our lives
  • Helps people to discover the benefits of social groups

Session 2 – Mapping your social world

  • We will illustrate your social group networks and relationships between them
  • This will be used to identify any areas that can be strengthened and developed further

Session 3 – How to make the most of your existing social networks

  • Discovering the best ways to make the most of your group ties
  • Identifying key ways to reconnect with old group ties

Session 4 – Building new connections

  • Identifying groups one wants to join
  • Developing the confidence to join new groups

Session 5 – Ensuring your group ties endure

  • Troubleshooting any issues encountered in managing social groups

How much does the program cost?

Nothing! The program is free.

What is involved?

After registering your interest, via phone or email (see below), a member of our research team will send you an email, requesting you to fill in an online questionnaire before the group commences. The information you provide helps us to check on your eligibility for the program. Once complete, we will tell you if you meet the eligibility criteria.

In order to check how you are going and if the program is helpful, you will also be asked to fill in some surveys and other measures throughout the program and 2 months after it finishes.

When and where are the groups run?

The workshops will be conducted at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Groups will start in June 2015 and will continue throughout 2015.

The first 4 sessions of the workshop will take place at the same time each week, followed by the final session one month later (at the same time).

Please email or call Melissa Chang on 07 3149 3946 to register your interest. Alternatively,  you can visit for more information.

This study is being supervised by Professor Catherine Haslam ( and adheres to the guidelines of the ethical review process.

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