Arafmi’s Support Groups provide a safe place for mental health carers to come together on a regular basis to share their feelings, socialise, offer comfort and support, and share helpful coping skills.
Who are the Support Groups for?
Arafmi Support Groups are for people who care for, or about, someone with mental illness/es. We warmly welcome parents, partners, relatives and friends caring for/about a loved one with mental illness. The person they care for may have a mood disorder (such as bipolar disorder and depression), anxiety disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) and other mental illnesses.
There are other issues or disorders that affect the brain, that are not considered mental illness. Examples include autism, acquired brain injury, dementia (eg Alzheimers syndrome), Asperger’s syndrome and intellectual disabilities (like Down Syndrome).
If you’re unsure whether our support groups are relevant to you and the person you care for, please get in touch with us so we can discuss your needs.
What to expect at a Support Group?
Our Support Groups offer a supportive environment where people have the opportunity to talk about their feelings, help explore alternative ways of coping, offer support to other group members, or to simply listen and observe. Support groups are also a valuable means of informing carers of Arafmi services and resources that are available to assist their caring role.
Online Support Groups
Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, our face to face carer support groups have been temporarily postponed. However, we understand the importance of our support groups and have moved them online for the time being.
To participate in these meetings, you will need a reliable internet connection and a smart phone (or laptop, computer or tablet).
Meeting times are scheduled in (AEST) Australian Eastern Standard Time. If these times do not suit you, we also offer 1:1 phone support calls or we can also chat to you on email. To book a 1:1 phone call, please call our 24/7 Carer Helpline on 1300 554 660 or click here to email our Carer Support team.
It is important you register for the online support sessions, please fill in the registration form below.
Interested in Facilitating a Support Group?
If you have ever thought about facilitating a Carer Support Group, or feel there is an opportunity to start a new group in a different area, we’d love to hear from you! Download our form for more information.