Carer Workshops

Arafmi’s Carer workshops are specifically designed for carers and families of people with a psychosocial disability. These workshops provide an opportunity to learn and practice the many skills used in providing care to another person with a mental illness.

Who are the carer workshops for?

Arafmi Carer Workshops 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 Alzheimer’s syndrome), Asperger’s syndrome and intellectual disabilities (like Down Syndrome).

If you’re unsure whether our workshops are relevant to you and the person you care for, please get in touch with us so we can discuss your needs.

If you’re currently a mental health professional and are not, or have not cared for or about someone in a personal capacity, these workshops are not appropriate for you. Please contact us to discuss training opportunities specifically for mental health professionals.

What to expect?

The interactive workshops are designed to help carers understand the impact of mental illness on their loved one; how to improve their relationship; how to develop caring skills, and how carers can keep themselves well emotionally in the long run.

There’s also an opportunity to connect with other carers who may be experiencing similar issues and learn from each other. The carer workshops go for 31/2 hours with a break for morning tea.

How to register for our carer workshops?

If you’d like to attend one or more of our carer workshops, it is important that you register so that we have an idea of numbers for resources and catering. You can register online, or if you prefer you can call us on 07 3254 1881 or email us at

How much does a workshop cost?

Our workshops incur a $10 fee for non-members and $5 for members which we kindly ask you to bring on the day. We would encourage everybody to become an Arafmi member and receive a range of benefits for an investment of $10 (for waged) and $5 (non-waged) and to also help Arafmi with our fundraising for carer events. Click here to find out more about becoming a member.

Let’s Take a Break Together (Online)

  • Sessions are held at 3pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

This is a 15 minute session where we will be practicing breathing and relaxation techniques together to help clear our minds, relax our bodies, and improve our ability to focus..


The Power of Personal Boundaries (Evening)

Boundaries protect us, put us in charge of our own lives, promote healthy relationships, promote independence and reduce stress and conflict. In this workshop we explore indicators to set a boundary, how and why we sabotage our efforts and practice the steps to set healthy boundaries.


Bouncing Back – Building Resilience

This workshop is designed to help carers understand resilience – what it is and how to strengthen it. ‘Bouncing back’ is redefined to ‘bouncing forward.’ We personalise strategies to enhance resilience and let go of past hurts. We examine factors that contribute to the stresses of caring and how they can be managed.


Coping Skills for Carers

A workshop designed to look at a broad range of issues that Mental Health Carers confront such as communicating with someone who is unwell, providing support to someone with mental health challenges, coping with difficult behaviour and understanding the symptoms of the major mental illnesses.


Effective Communication

This workshop covers useful communication skills and specific strategies for communicating with someone who experiences psychosocial issues. Participants are encouraged to practice these skills at the workshop.


Let’s Talk about Suicide (Evening)

In this workshop we discuss suicide myths and facts, factors that influence suicidal behaviour, risk and protective factors, warning signs and helpful responses. We also consider emergency plans and other plans to keep loved ones safe. Also there is a focus on hope for the carer and how they can impart hope to the person with the mental health issue.


Grief and Beyond (Evening)

  • 24 Chermside St, Teneriffe

Everyday impacts of a variety of losses on carers and their loved ones are often just under the radar of awareness yet have profound emotional effects. In this workshop we talk about a less-commonly understood type of grief that carers experience where there is no finality, or community acknowledgement or rituals to support their grieving process. Also we focus on coping strategies and the transforming power of grief.


Dual Diagnosis – Mental Illness and Substance Use (Weekend)

Carers explore possible reasons for using substances; helpful and unhelpful responses; when their loved one may be most receptive to change; strategies for coping and the importance of self-care.


Fit for Caring (Evening)

This workshop is designed to give participants an opportunity to look at their own needs, discuss the impact of the caring role and explore self-care strategies to ensure good emotional health and general well-being.


Understanding and Supporting Recovery

  • 24 Chermside St, Teneriffe

The recovery approach to mental illness is about helping a person take control of his/her own life. This workshop assists carers in understanding recovery based practice and care. It offers suggestions on how carers can avoid common pitfalls and how to best support their loved ones on their journey of recovery.


Become a member today

To cover the costs of resources and light catering, our workshops incur a $10 fee for non-members and $5 for members. We would encourage everybody to become an Arafmi member and receive a range of benefits for an investment of $10 for wage-earners and $5 for non-waged members.

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