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

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 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. 

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.

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

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.

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