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
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 email@example.com
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
5 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
Little Mountain Central Shops
9/65 Pierce Ave, Little Mountain Caloundra
1st Tuesday of the month, 10am – 12 noon
(From September changes to 11am – 12pm)
1151 Creek Road, Carindale
(near Millenium Boulevard)
Please note the group scheduled for Tues, 3 Aug will move online. Zoom registration link can be found here
2nd Friday of the month, 10am – 12 noon
375 Hamilton Rd Chermside
4th Monday of the month, 10am-12noon
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
** Please note that the support group scheduled for Thursday, 5 August will be held online. Link can be accessed here**
4th Friday of the month, 10am – 12 noon
Arafmi Ipswich Carer Hub
303 Brisbane Street Ipswich West
Please note: Logan group will not be meeting in October due to Arafmi Mental Health Week Activities
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
1 Station Street Strathpine
** Please note that the group scheduled for Wednesday, 4 August will be held via Zoom. Link can be accessed here. **
Last Saturday of the month, 10am – 12 noon
Arafmi Carer Hub (HO)
24 Chermside Street Teneriffe
3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am – 12 noon
155 Herries Rd Toowoomba
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.
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
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: 1pm First Friday & 6pm Fourth Monday of each month
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
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.
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.