b.well The Buttery’s wellbeing program

b.well The Buttery’s wellbeing program 2017-03-22T13:13:49+00:00




b.well is a community  outreach service for people whose mental health and drug and alcohol use affect their desired way of life and well-being.

b.well promotes mental wellness and well-being.

Through b.well people can access a range of support services including:

Psycho education; peer support groups; individual support; activities programs; life skills programs; early intervention; living healthily programs.

The b.well service is free and confidential




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The philosophy of the b.well team is to instill hope and understanding and to create a sense of belonging for people with the dual diagnosis of  mental health and substance abuse issues.

Our groups have a focus on well-being and include a range of approaches. So whether you prefer to learn, be creative, meditate or be active, there will be a program that is right for you.

Peer support groups are demand driven and held at a range of locations across the NSW Northern Rivers Region. People of all ages take part. For details of current groups and a group that may suit your needs, please contact b.well: bwell@buttery.org.au

Or phone 02 6687 1658

If groups are not your thing, b.well offers individual counselling for people aged 18 and over. We can also provide support around families and carers. b.well also provides training to other organisations to enhance the services they offer for people experiencing mental health and substance misuse issues.

As one b.well client put it: “Meeting other people with the same challenges, made me feel that I was not alone.”

The Buttery acknowledges the support of the Department of Health (Commonwealth) and the support of generous donors for the b.well program.

PLEASE NOTE: b.well is a community-based program it is not a residential program.

If you are considering a residential program at The Buttery, please phone 02 6687 2399 between 9:00am to 1:00pm & from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm Fridays only for a confidential assessment.


The symbol for the b.well program is the koru, a Maori symbol signifying renewal. Renewal is key to achieving lasting well-being.

Northern NSW Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Integration Project

The Northern NSW Drug and Alcohol Treatment Integration Project aims to improve the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment services for individuals seeking support and treatment from Tweed Heads to Grafton.

The Treatment and Integration Project’s focus is to:

1. Build the capabilities in the general workforces to enable them to effectively respond to the treatment and support needs of individuals and their families impacted by substance misuse; and

2. Work with service providers to redesign systems to improve the integration and coordination of services across Northern NSW for people with substance misuse issues.

In 2017, the Treatment and Integration Project is working towards:

  • Increasing the access and availability of SMART Recovery groups across the region to people wishing to make behaviour changes. Guided by trained peers and professionals, SMART Recovery uses cognitive behaviour therapy and motivational tools and techniques to help themselves and each other with problematic behaviours. SMART Recovery groups and times can be found here.

  • Supporting local communities to be self-sustaining and take responsive actions to the evidence-informed needs through membership of seven Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs).

  • Building the capabilities of service providers to respond appropriately to people with substance use disorders, with a focus on increasing drug and alcohol referrals to appropriate services.

  • Working alongside Aboriginal communities to develop locally appropriate support for Aboriginal families in dealing with substance misuse issues.

  • Strengthening the integration and coordination of drug and alcohol and mental health treatment services for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance misuse, particularly Aboriginal people.

Sam Booker (R) and Kim Gussy, Program Coordinators