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.

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Face to Face Carer Support Groups

Arafmi has a number of monthly face to face groups in Brisbane and regional areas in Queensland. New carers are always welcome at all of these groups. If you have any questions or are planning to attend a group for the first time please contact the Carer Support Team on 3254 1881 or at supportgroups@arafmi.com.au

In the event that we need to change venues and meeting details due to COVID-19 we will update the website.

4th Friday of the month, 9:30 – 11:30am 

Family relationship Centre 
Bingera St Bundaberg 

4th Thursday of the month, 10am – 12 noon 

Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre 
9 George Street Caboolture 

2nd Tuesday of the month, 1:30 – 3:30 

Coast Roast Coffee Shop  
Shop 79, Cairns Central Shopping Centre  
McLeod St, Cairns 4870 

3rd Tuesday of the month, 11am – 1pm 

Nicky’s Café  
Little Mountain Central Shops 
9/65 Pierce Ave, Little Mountain Caloundra 

1st Tuesday of the month, 10am – 12 noon 
(From Aug changes to 11am – 1pm) 

Carindale Library 
Westfield Carindale 
1151 Creek Road, Carindale 
(near Millenium Boulevard)

2nd Friday of the month, 10am – 12 noon 

Chermside Library 
375 Hamilton Rd Chermside 

4th Monday of the month, 10am-12noon 

CWA
3 Waterloo Street Cleveland
 

3rd Monday of the month, 10am – 12noon 

Hub Neighbourhood Centre  
79 Poinsettia Street  Inala 

1st Thursday of the month, 1.30pm-3.30pm 

Indooroopilly Library – meeting room 
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre 
Level 4, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly 

4th Friday of the month,  10am – 12 noon 

Arafmi Ipswich Carer Hub 
303 Brisbane Street Ipswich West  

1st Monday of each month, 10.30am -12.30pm 

Kingaroy RSL Club 
26 Kingaroy Street 

2nd Wednesday of the month, 10am – 12 noon 

Amputee Family Support Rooms 
Logan Central Community Centre 
9-11 Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central 

3rd Friday of the month, 10am – 12 noon 

Encircle Neighbourhood Centre 
1 Lamington Drive Redcliffe 

1st Wednesday of the month 10am – 12 noon 

Strathpine Library 
1 Station Street Strathpine 

Last Saturday of the month, 10am – 12 noon 

Arafmi Carer Hub (HO)
24 Chermside Street Teneriffe 

3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am – 12 noon 

Toowoomba Library 
155 Herries Rd Toowoomba 

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Online Carer Support Groups

To participate in these support groups, 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. Please note we do not run our online carer support groups on public holidays.

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. 

Online Carer Support Group

To register, please clink on the relevant link below:

Caring for a spouse/partner with a mental health illness is a different experience to caring for an adult child or other family member or friend. This support group has been created in response to feedback our carers and will be an online space where carers can connect and support each other.

When: 6pm Second Monday of the month

To register your interest, please click here >

Caring for a loved one with a dual diagnosis can bring with it some unique challenges. This support group has been created specifically to support the carers of those with a dual diagnosis and is a result of recent feedback from our carers.

If you are a caring for a loved one, whether it is a family member or a friend who has a dual diagnosis, please join us for our online carer support group. We will be running these groups via Zoom.

When: 6pm fourth Monday of the month

To register your interest, please click here >

Arafmi Carer Support Group for families caring for youth experiencing mental health illness.

This support group provides peer support to people who care for their loved ones experiencing mental illness.

When: 6pm Third Tuesday of the month

To register your interest, please click here >

Who are the Support Groups for?

Arafmi Support Groups are for people who care for, or about, someone with mental illness/es (whether diagnosed or not). 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.

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.

Click here to download a copy of our Support Group Guidelines.

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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.