Support Groups

If you would like to attend any of the support groups listed, please contact the ARAFEMI Carer Helpline on 1300 550 265 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) for further details.

Metropolitan Melbourne

Central East

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Chinese Carer Support Group Doncaster 2nd Tues / month, 10.30am-1.30pm For Chinese carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness
Seniors Carer Group Doncaster 3rd Thur/ 10.30am-12.30pm Carers above 50years of age.
Eastern Health support group Box Hill 1st and 3rd Tues / month, 7.00-815pm For Adults whose lives are affected by parents with a mental illness.

Dandenong

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
ERMHA Carers Support Group Narre Warren ( Fountain Gate) 3rd Tue / month 7.00-9.00 pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Aged Carer Support Group Dandenong 3rd Mon / month, 10am-12pm For carers of older people with a mental illness
GROW Better Together - Carer Support Group Dandenong 1st and 3rd Tues / month, 12.30-2.30pm For carers of people with a mental illness
CALD Carer Support Group Dandenong 4th Thus / month, 10am-12pm For parents who were born overseas and have a child with a disability
Southern Migrant & refugee centre group Dandenong TBA For CALD carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness
Grandparents Support Group South 4th Thur/ Month 12.00-2.00pm For people who are guardians or have custody of their grandchildren due to the parent/s having a disability, mental illness or alcohol/drug issue.
ARCVIC- OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Dandenong 2nd Wed/ month, 1.30-3.00pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for carers of people living with anxiety disorders and carers.

Inner South East

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Inner South Parents & Friends Support Group St Kilda 2nd Tues / month at 7.30-9.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
GROW Better Together -Carer Support Group Caulfield South 1st and 3rd Tues / month, 7-9pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Malvern Carer Support Group Malvern 1st Wed / month, 1.30-3.30pm For carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness
Toorak Carer Support Group Toorak Quarterly- next meeting August 18th For carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has dementia and/or related conditions
Wings of Care Family Support Group Caulfield Varies For Jewish carers of someone with a mental illness
BBQ Boys carer support group 1st Tue / month 11am A carer support group specifically for make carers living in the southern region. They are social outings with a base at the venue
ARCVic OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Bentleigh East 2nd Mon/ month, 7.30pm � 9.30pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for both people living with anxiety disorders and the family members and carers.

Inner Urban East

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Mood Disorders Support Group South Yarra 3rd Thur/ month, 7.30-9.00pm For people experiencing mood disorders and their family/friends.
Borderline Personality Disorder family & carers Support Group Hawthorn 1st Wed / month, 7-9 pm For carers of someone with borderline personality disorder
GROW Better Together - Carer Support Group hosted by MIND Hawthorn 1st & 3rd Thur / month, 7.00-9.00pm Education, information and support for parents and family carers.
ARCVIC Support Group Hawthorn 1st and 3rd Thurs / month 7.30pm
Camcare Carers group for Parents camberwell Every Mon / month during Oct-Nov , 1-3pm A group program for parents and carers coping with adolescent violence or other out-of-control behaviours
Bipolar Consumer Support Group Hawthorn 3rd Wed/ Month, 7-9pm Open support group for people experiencing bipolar disorder
Bipolar Babes Melbourne. Every 2nd Thur/ 7:00pm. Support group for people experiencing bipolar disorder

Inner West

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Norfolk Terrace Carers Support group Flemington once every month cares of someone with a mental illness
Waratah Voluntary Carer group Western Suburbs TBA Carers of someone with a mental illness
Inner West Carers Group Avondale Heights 2nd Thur/ Month, 6.00--7.30pm Carers of someone with a mental illness
ARCVIC- OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Ascot Vale 4th Thurs/ Month, 7.30pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for both people living with anxiety disorders and the family members and carers.
Family & Carer Support Group Moonee Ponds 7-8.30pm support group for parents supporting their loved ones with a dual diagnosis

Mid West

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Brimbank Carers Group Sunshine 1st Tues / month, 7.00-9.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Waratah Voluntary Carer group Western Suburbs TBA Carers of someone with a mental illness
The Granary Carer Support Group St Albans 3rd Thurs/ Month, 6-8pm carers of someone with a mental illness
Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit Carer Support Group Sunshine TBA
Maltese Carers support group Sunshine Friday/ Month, 10.30am-12.30pm Contact Maltese community centre at the number given above.

Middle South

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Mind Australia Cheltenham 1st Wed / month at 7.30-9.30pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Bentleigh Bayside Carer Support Group Bentleigh East 3rd Thurs / month, 10-11am For Carers
Kindscore Group Kingston/ Bayside Sat/ once a month For young people aged 8-18 years supporting someone with a mental illness
BBQ Boys carer support group 1st Tue / month 11am A carer support group specifically for make carers living in the southern region. They are social outings with a base at the venue
ARCVic OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Bentleigh East 2nd Mon/ month, 7.30pm � 9.30pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for both people living with anxiety disorders and the family members and carers.
Blossom Support Group Thursdays/ 4.00-7.00pm For young women dealing with Anxiety & depression

North East

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Carer Support Group Heidelberg 3rd Thurs / month at 7-9pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Eltham Carer Support Group Eltham 2nd Thurs / month at 7.30-9.30pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Carer Support Group Heidelberg 3rd Tue/ Month, 7-9pm

North West

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Finchley Family and Friends Group Broadmeadows 3rd Thurs / month, 7-9pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Coburg Carer Support Group Coburg 2nd Wed / month, 10am-12pm For carers of someone with a mental illness ( including carers with Greek Origin)
Waratah Voluntary Carer group Western Suburbs TBA Carers of someone with a mental illness
BPD Carers Group Brunswick TBA Carers of people with a Borderline Personality Disorder

Northern

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Darebin Support Group Regent 3rd Mon / month at 7.30-9.30pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Mill Park Support Group South Morang 4th Wed / month, 7-9.30pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
GROW Better Together - Carer Support Group Reservoir 2nd and 4th Tues / month,10am-12pm For carers of people with a mental illness
ADEC Greek Carers support group Preston Friday/ Month Greek carers of someone with a mental illness. group undertakes a number of activities as well

Outer East

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Ferntree Gully Family Support Group Ferntree Gully 3rd Wed / month at 7.45-9.45pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
GROW Better Together - Carer Support Group Scoresby 2nd & 4th Thurs / month 9.30am-11.30am For carers of someone with a mental illness
COPES Partners Support Group Ringwood 1st Sat / month, 1-3pm For partners of people with a mental illness
Wantirna South Mens Shed Carer Group Wantirna Tuesdays, 1-4pm It is a space for male carers to meet & share their experiences
Seniors Carer Group Doncaster 3rd Thur/ 10.30am-12.30pm Carers above 50years of age.

Peninsula

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Peninsula Carer council group Frankston 3rd Mon / month, 7.30-9.30pm For any carer of someone with a mental illness
Peninsula Mental Health service- Family support group Rosebud 1st Thurs / month, 1.30-3.30pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Chelsea Carer Support Group Chelsea 1st Wed/month 1:30pm - 3pm For carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness
St Peters Carers Group Mornington 2nd Thurs / month, 10am-12pm For carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness
BBQ Boys carer support group 1st Tue / month 11am A carer support group specifically for make carers living in the southern region. They are social outings with a base at the venue

South West

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Respite Connections Mens Carer Group Footscray 1st Mon / month, 10am-12pm For any male carers (not mental health specific)
Westgate Support Group Inc Altona 2nd Tues / month, 7-9pm For Families/ carers of people with a mental illness. The group meets regularly with local area mental health service managers;organises social & fundraising function; community awareness information stalls etc
BBQ Boys carer support group 1st Tue / month 11am A carer support group specifically for make carers living in the southern region. They are social outings with a base at the venue
Waratah Voluntary Carer group Western Suburbs TBA Carers of someone with a mental illness


Rural Victoria

Barwon

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Geelong Moods Support Group Newtown Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Drop in centre for people diagnosed with a mood disorder as well as family and friends of people with mood disorders
Mental Health Carer education & support group Newcomb 1st Thurs / month, 12.30-3.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Creative Carers Newcomb 2nd Thurs / month, 1.00-3.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Cubby House St Albans Park 3rd Thurs / month, 1.00-3.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Carers Support group-Family Drug Support Barwon Area 2nd & 4th Wed / month 7.00-9.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
GROW Better Together - Carer Support Group Geelong 1st and 3rd TWed / month, 6.30pm onwards For carers of people with a mental illness
ARCVic OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Geelong Last Thursday/ month ,7.00pm � 9.00pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for both people living with anxiety disorders and the family members and carers.

Gippsland

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Bairnsdale Support Group Bairnsdale 2nd Wed / month at 7-9pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Inverloch Support Group Inverloch 2nd Mon / month, 10am-12pm (and some Wednesdays, 10am-12pm) For carers of someone with a mental illness
Cranbourne Carer Support Group Cranbourne 2nd Tues / month, 1.30-3.30pm For carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness

Glenelg

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Sage Hill Carers Service - Portland Portland 1st Wed / month, 12-2pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Sage Hill Carers Service - Camperdown Camperdown 2nd Wed / month, 12-2pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Sage Hill Carers Service - Hamilton Hamilton 3rd Wed / month, 12-2pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Sage Hill Carers Service - Warrnambool Warrnambool 4th Wed / month at 12-2pm For carers of someone with a mental illness

Goulburn

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Shepparton Generalist Carer Group Shepparton 3rd Thurs/ Month, 11am-1pm Carers of someone with a mental illness
Tatura Carer Support Group Tatura 4th Mon/ Month, 11am-1pm carers of someone with a mental illness
Euroa Carer Support Group Euroa 1st Wed/ Month, 10.30-11.30am Carers of someone with a mental illness

Grampians

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Mind Australia Cheltenham 1st Wed / month at 7.30-9.30pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Bacchus Marsh Support Group Bacchus Marsh 2nd Wed / month, 10.00-12.00pm For carers of people with a disability
Ballarat Family and Friends Support Group Ballarat 3rd Wed / month, 7-9pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Horsham Family and Friends Mental Health Support Group Horsham 4th Tue / month, 7.00-8.30pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Eating Disorders Carers Support Group Ballarat 2nd Thurs / month, 7-9pm For carers of people with an eating disorder
Bacchus March Parent Support Group Bacchus Marsh 4th Mon / month, 10:30-12:30am PINARC Support Services. The Group meets monthly in Bacchus Marsh to provide support, networking and information sharing for parents and carers of infants, children or young people with disabilities.
Harrow Carers Group Harrow 2nd Mon of every 2nd month, 11.30am-2.30pm For carers of people with a mental illness
Depression & Bipolar Support Group Warracknabeal Tuesdays, 11.00am -1.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
Kindscore Group Kingston/ Bayside Sat/ once a month For young people aged 8-18 years supporting someone with a mental illness

Lodden

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Bendigo Relatives and Friends Support Group Bendigo Call above number to find out details For carers of someone with a mental illness
Southern Mallee Mental Health Carer Group Swan Hill Last Wed / month, 1-3pm For carers of someone with a mental illness
The Extremes- Bipolar Community Bendigo 1st Tue / month, 11.00am-12.30pm It is a consumer group but all welcome, carers, parents, loved ones and people with Bi-polar Disorder.

North East Hume

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
ARCVic OCD & Anxiety Disorders Self Help Support Group Wondonga Last Tues / month, 7pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for both people living with anxiety disorders and the family members and carers.


Specific Types of Carers

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Chinese Carer Support Group Doncaster 2nd Tues / month, 10.30am-1.30pm For Chinese carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness
Wings of Care Family Support Group Caulfield Varies For Jewish carers of someone with a mental illness
CALD Carer Support Group Dandenong 4th Thus / month, 10am-12pm For parents who were born overseas and have a child with a disability
Southern Migrant & refugee centre group Dandenong TBA For CALD carers who provide substantial care and support to a friend or relative who is frail aged, has a mental illness, a disability, or a chronic illness

Children of a Parent with a Mental Illness

For further information about programs and supports for children, please refer to www.copmi.net.au or telephone the ARAFEMI Carer Helpline for assistance.

Partners of a Person with a Mental Illness

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
COPES Partners Support Group Ringwood 1st Sat / month, 1-3pm For partners of people with a mental illness


Carers of People with a Specific Diagnosis

Bipolar Disorder

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
COPES Partners Support Group Ringwood 1st Sat / month, 1-3pm For partners of people with a mental illness
Depression & Bipolar Support Group Warracknabeal Tuesdays, 11.00am -1.00pm For carers of someone with a mental illness

Borderline Personality Disorder

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Borderline Personality Disorder family & carers Support Group Hawthorn 1st Wed / month, 7-9 pm For carers of someone with borderline personality disorder

Anxiety

For further information and support groups, please refer to www.adavic.org or www.arcvic.com.au or telephone the ARAFEMI Carer Helpline for assistance.
Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
ARCVIC- OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Dandenong 2nd Wed/ month, 1.30-3.00pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for carers of people living with anxiety disorders and carers.
ARCVic OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Geelong Last Thursday/ month ,7.00pm � 9.00pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for both people living with anxiety disorders and the family members and carers.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
ARCVIC- OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Dandenong 2nd Wed/ month, 1.30-3.00pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for carers of people living with anxiety disorders and carers.
ARCVic OCD & Anxiety Disorders Support Group Geelong Last Thursday/ month ,7.00pm � 9.00pm The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run this ongoing open Support Group for both people living with anxiety disorders and the family members and carers.

Eating Disorders

For further information and support groups, please refer to www.eatingdisorders.org.au or telephone the ARAFEMI Carer Helpline for assistance.
Name Suburb Meeting Time Description
Eating Disorders Carers Support Group Ballarat 2nd Thurs / month, 7-9pm For carers of people with an eating disorder


If you would like a support group added to this database or your details up-dated, please telephone the ARAFEMI Carer Helpline.