ROCKHAMPTON'S Tamsyn Kiery knew she wanted to volunteer for the Grow program after watching others struggle with their mental health.

"For the last year and a half I have realised how important mental health is through personal things that we went through," she said.

"Through interaction with people going through the same thing, I learned that not everyone has the skills to help them deal with those emotions."

The newly trained volunteer mentor works for the national mental health support group, Grow.

The program is designed to help people build resilience, life skills and develop personally through mutual support.

With established groups in both Yeppoon and Rockhampton, Tamsyn said the organisation was growing.

"We are expanding out to Emerald, Mackay and a few other areas as well," she said.

"Mental health covers a wide range of things; from relationship breakdowns or the loss of someone close to them... right up to severe mental disorders where you have been officially diagnosed."

Tamsyn said she joined with the intention of helping as many people as she could.

"The main thing I love about Grow is expanding on my friendships," she said.

"And there is the personal benefit of the program itself helping me in my life too."

Those interested in joining the Grow program can visit the website ( or call 1800 558 268.

Help is available

If you or someone you know needs help, phone Lifeline on 131 114; the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.