Carer Support Groups

Arafmi’s Support Groups warmly welcomes anyone who is caring for or supporting somebody with mental health support needs.

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 fill out the Expression Of Interest (EOI) form below. 

Face-to-Face Carer Support Group EOI Form:

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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 person 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  family member, loved one 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

Registration for 1pm First Friday of the month, please click here

Registration for 6pm Fourth Monday of the month, please click here

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

This support group provides peer support to mental health carers.

When: 6pm Third Tuesday of the month

To register your interest, please click here >

Borderline Personality Support Group

When: 1pm Third Thursday of each month

Caring for a loved one with a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can bring with it some unique challenges. This support group has been created specifically to support the carers of those with a BPD and is a result of recent feedback from our carers. 
 
If you are a caring for a family member or a friend who has a BPD, please join us for our online carer support group. We will be running these groups via Zoom.

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 health needs (whether diagnosed or not). 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 health needs.

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!