Sun Shine: Worcester’s Genesis Club goes the distance for mental health

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Any important long-term goal requires perseverance and hope. Whether it’s finding the right job, attending college, or finishing a seven-mile road race, the Worcester Genesis Club is there to provide the starting point for its members to dream big and finish strong.

Genesis Club, an agency offering a wide range of services for those suffering from mental illness, has had a home in Worcester on Lincoln Street since 1988.

“To help people with these disorders, it takes establishing a stable foundation,” said Kevin Bradley, the clubhouse’s executive director. “We want to help members [get] back to work, get back to housing, and get back to being a part of the community.”

Peter Dixon, a longtime volunteer, left, and director Kevin Bradley stand outside Genesis Club on Lincoln Street.

Sean M. Haley / For Worcester Sun

Peter Dixon, a longtime volunteer, left, and director Kevin Bradley stand outside Genesis Club on Lincoln Street.

Therefore, the club focuses on establishing a baseline of healthy routines, time and stress management skills, finding gainful employment, and having a sense of belonging; things that anyone can take for granted until they are forced to go without them.

Like a couple decades fewer to look forward to, for instance.

“People with mental illness have a 25-year earlier mortality,” Bradley said in reference to data from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “It’s not something people like to talk about, but it’s an important issue.


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