Carer Support Groups
Arafmi’s Support Groups warmly welcomes parents, partners, relatives and friends caring for/about a loved one with mental illness.
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.
Face to Face Carer Support Groups
We are very pleased to announce that some of our support groups are now able to meet face to face.
As you can appreciate, our ability to host to face to face support groups is reliant upon the venues we use for our groups. As these venues are opening back up and accepting their usual bookings, they are notifying us.
Online Support Groups
Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, some of our face to face carer support groups have been temporarily postponed. However, we understand the importance of our support groups and are now offering a series of online support groups:
Monday: 10am – 11am & 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday: 10am – 11am
Thursday: 1pm – 2pm
Friday: 1pm – 2pm
To participate in these meetings, you will need a device that connects to the internet and a reliable internet connection.
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.
Please fill in the registration form below to access the online support groups.
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.
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.