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ARAFEMI merger with Mind

As of December 2, 2013 ARAFEMI Victoria merged with Mind Australia. As a result of the merger all ARAFEMI services now come under Mind.


What will happened to ARAFEMI?

All the services that were previously offered under ARAFEMI will continue to be offered under Mind. We will continue to provide a holistic approach to mental illness, where the active symptoms of illness are only one part of the difficulties encountered by people experiencing mental health problems and their families.

ARAFEMI - A History

ARAFEMI was first formed in 1979, by a group of concerned families who got together to share their experience and concern at how their loved ones with a mental illness were being treated within the mental health system. As in many of the emerging community and carer led action groups (often referred to as grassroots movements), the impetus for getting together was a result of ever increasing demands on carers with little or no available community supports. The de-hospitalisation and de-institutionalisation of mental health care to home based and community care led to an increasing responsibility, reliance and demand on carers to have greater levels of knowledge and expertise in supporting their loved one with a mental illness.

ARAFEMI became an incorporated body and gained funding as a ‘mutual support and self help’ (MSSH) organization which set about to support carers and develop a range of services that assist people with a mental illness. ARAFEMI grew its range of supports to consumers substantially providing accommodation, home based outreach, prevention and recovery care and specialist programs that work with people isolated by mental illness, homelessness and other barriers.

On December 2, 2013 ARAFEMI Victoria merged with Mind Australia. The merger reflects the values and visioning of founding members and will ensure broader support to families, carers and people experiencing mental health issues.