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Mental Health Foundation Australia offers a number of support groups.

* Support Group for Pyschotic Disorders scheduled for 25th of October 2019 is CANCELLED.

SUPPORT GROUPS 

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Support Group for Depression

Date: 4th Wednesday of every month

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Swati Gossain

Description: Depression causes physical and psychological symptoms, which can include persistent sadness, fatigue, insomnia, pain, self-harm, futility, lack of concentration, loss of pleasure in things and activities that were once enjoyed, and thoughts of suicide. 

If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Our Support Group for Depression provides support for sufferers, their family members and carers. Through group discussion we focus on the symptoms of depression and how to manage them to promote better mental health. The caring and sharing of the group offers relief from isolation and loneliness.

We encourage family members and friends to attend the sessions in order to have enough awareness about the illness and how to support their loved ones. 

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for Anxiety

Date: 3rd Wednesday of every month 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Priscilla Floyd

Description: Feeling anxious in certain situations can help us avoid danger, triggering our 'fight or flight' response. It is how we’ve evolved to keep ourselves safe. Sometimes though, we can become overly worried about perceived threats – bad things that may or may not happen. When your worries are persistent or out of proportion to the reality of the threat and get in the way of you living your life, you may have an anxiety disorder. An example might be an excessive fear of a social or work situation.

 If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Our support group sessions offer sufferers and carers the opportunity to discuss their anxiety and help them learn how to deal with their fears, knowing they are not alone. The caring and sharing of the group offers relief from isolation and loneliness.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for Mood Disorders

Date: 3rd Tuesday of every month

Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Jenny McDowell

Description: People with Mood Disorders suffer from an inconsistent general emotional state (mood) involving feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. Their irregular emotions can interfere with their work, ability to function properly, daily and social activities, and personal relationships and possibly make them more prone to misusing drugs and alcohol. 

If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Sufferers as well as carers are welcome to share their experiences with other members of the group. Discussing your experiences with others helps you learn more about the management of the disorder and how to better deal with it.

Our aim is to help improve the quality of life and general well-being of the attendees. The caring and sharing of the group offers relief from isolation and loneliness.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for Eating Disorders

Date: 2nd Monday of every month

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: 76-78 Biggs St, St Albans VIC 3021

Facilitator: Angela Lim

Description: An eating disorder is a complex mental illness characterised by disturbed eating behaviours, distorted beliefs, and extreme concerns about food, eating and body size, shape or weight.

Eating disorders can be associated with major medical complications which can affect every organ in the body. They are not a lifestyle choice or about vanity. No one would choose to have an eating disorder.

If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Our group provides a safe space for carers and sufferers to share and discuss their experiences with the disorders. Self-acceptance is stressed. Attendees will receive guidance on how/where to find evidence-based information about the disorder and access relevant services. The caring and sharing of the group offers relief from isolation and loneliness.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for Gender Identity - TRANSmission

Date: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Miranda Sparks

Description: TRANSmission is a monthly gathering of transgender people to share and discuss their struggles in a safe space. The difficulties and discrimination facing Transgender people are unique and severe. The aim of the group is to create a sense of connectivity among the members/attendees and reduce isolation among this community.

If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for OCD

Date: 2nd Tuesday of every month

Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Jim Beer

Description: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a very misunderstood and trying condition which can make life extremely difficult for sufferers. People with OCD can have obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviour, or both. Often, if sufferers cannot carry out with their compulsive behaviour to distract themselves from their obsessive thoughts, their level of anxiety increases and creates a great deal of distress for them. 

If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Our support group aims to provide a safe space for those who suffer from OCD to discuss their feelings and thoughts freely and without judgment.

Attendees will also benefit from the evidence-based information and guidance that will be provided to promote healing. The caring and sharing of the group offers relief from isolation and loneliness.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for PTSD

Date: 4th Thursday of every month

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Renee Spencer

Description: People can suffer from PTSD after witnessing a traumatic event or/and living it. Sufferers may feel angry, worried, guilty, sad and lonely. They might have trouble sleeping or nightmares and flashbacks related to the traumatising event/s.

If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Our support group sessions offer support for sufferers and carers and provide awareness about PTSD and equip attendees with appropriate information on how to deal with the disorder to help relieve their distress. The caring and sharing of the group offers relief from isolation and loneliness.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for Youth Anxiety Disorder

Date: 2nd Thursday of every month

Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Laura Christopolous / Rachael Wynne

Description: Adolescence can be a tumultuous time of emotional adjustment and personal growth. Sometimes young people need support and reassurance to progress through this critical transition point. At times anxiety, expectations and fears of the future can be overwhelming.

If you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Our support groups offer a warm and confidential setting to discuss and reassure that you can look to the future with optimism.

Our groups provide awareness about anxiety issues equip attendees with the right information on how to deal with their challenges and fears. By having the right professional information, young people are better able to better to cope with current difficulties.

Parents, carers, professionals, friends, and relatives, are all welcome to join/attend the support group with the advance permission of the facilitator. 

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for African Women

Date:  2nd Monday of every month and 3rd Thursday of every month

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Venue: 3/9 Motto Court, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029

Facilitator: Kafia Ibrahim

Description: Adjustment to a new culture and unfamiliar country can be daunting. Sometimes some simple education and information about new customs, expectations and ways doing things can make a great difference to one’s social and employment opportunities.

The aim of this group is to support African women with their wellbeing, promote connectedness, and reduce isolation. The support group provides the attendees with guidance about mental health and self-care and a safe space to share their concerns about the challenges they face and ask for advice and help.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for Indian Women

Date: 3rd Monday of every month

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Venue: 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit VIC 3030

Facilitator: Neetu

Description: Adjustment to a new culture and unfamiliar country can be daunting. Sometimes some simple education and information about new customs, expectations and ways doing things can make a great difference to one’s social and employment opportunities.

The aim of this group is to support Indian women with their wellbeing, promote connectedness, and reduce isolation. The support group provides the attendees with guidance about mental health and self-care and a safe space to share their concerns about the challenges they face and ask for advice and help.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for Pakistani Women

Date: 1st Monday of every month

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Venue: 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit VIC 3030

Facilitator: Aysha Umair

Description: 

Adjustment to a new culture and unfamiliar country can be daunting. Sometimes some simple education and information about new customs, expectations and ways doing things can make a great difference to one’s social and employment opportunities.

The aim of this group is to support Pakistani women with their wellbeing, promote connectedness, and reduce isolation. The support group provides the attendees with guidance about mental health and self-care and a safe space to share their concerns about the challenges they face and ask for advice and help.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for Turkish Women

Date: 3rd Thursday of every month

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Venue: Homestead Community and Learning Centre

Facilitator: Serap Filiz

Description: Adjustment to a new culture and unfamiliar country can be daunting. Sometimes some simple education and information about new customs, expectations and ways doing things can make a great difference to one’s social and employment opportunities.

The aim of this group is to support Turkish women with their wellbeing, promote connectedness, and reduce isolation. The support group provides the attendees with guidance about mental health and self-care and a safe space to share their concerns about the challenges they face and ask for advice and help.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for Bipolar Carers

Date: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month

Time: 7.00pm - 8:30pm

Venue: 27, Cromwell road, South Yarra, VIC 3141

Facilitator: Andrew Dickinson

Description: This is a safe place to share your experience of living or knowing someone with Bipolar Disorders or simply listen to peers of a similar experience. The Bipolar Support Group helps to provide information to carers about the condition and how they can help their loved one.

Loneliness and isolation can be major issues for carers. Finding someone to talk to and share your experiences and feelings with can be a big help, whether it's family, a friend or fellow carers. Our support group may help you to find the find the help and support you need.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422
 

 

Support Group for Domestic Violence

Date: Every 1st Wednesday of the month 

Time: 11.30am to 1.30pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Sonia Dahiya

Description: Many people find it difficult to talk to anyone about the abuse they go through within their home. For many who are victims of domestic violence, friends and family are often the first people they talk to about it. It takes a lot of time, planning, help and courage to escape domestic violence. It's important to know that help is available from people who know and care about your situation.

 Our Domestic Violence support group might be the safe space one if looking for to know their rights or to heal the emotional scars by sharing with people who care.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for Psychotic Disorders - Hearing Voices

*CANCELLED ON 25th October 2019, Monday

Date: 4th Monday of every month

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Venue: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Fiona Nguyen

Description: Are you distressed by "Hearing voices" or do you support someone who is?

Many people hear voices and find them helpful, sacred or just a normal part of life. Some people find voices confusing or frightening and seek help to cope. This can often result in a diagnosis of schizophrenia or other mental health diagnoses.  The Hearing Voices Approach is the peer-led recovery model for people who hear voices, seeing visions, sensing things and having beliefs that others may find unusual.

Possible symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, talking incoherently and agitation. The person with the condition usually isn't aware of his or her behaviour.

If your life feels like it is on a downward trajectory and you are struggling to cope, perhaps a support group might help. Our support group sessions offer support for sufferers and carers and provide information about psychoses. This information may equip attendees with the appropriate information as to how to deal with their illness and to help relieve distress. The caring and sharing of the group offer support to people experiencing the isolation and loneliness of psychotic illness.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for Grief and Loss

Date: 4th Tuesday of every month

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Venue: 27 Cromwell Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Robyn Maree

Description: Life is the result of a series of changes from birth to death. Be it physical, emotional, career or relationship. Change is inevitable and is synonymous with life, growth and eventual death.

Feelings of loss and grief can be experienced after we lose someone or something, we care about like; the death of a loved one; loss of a relationship; loss of a pet; loss of a job; a change to your way of life; or loss of important possessions. The grief you experience in these instances is not an illness - it is a normal response to a life event that everyone must face at some point. It takes time to adjust and to learn to live our life without that person, thing or way of life.

The Support Group for Grief and Loss provides a caring and sharing environment in which participants can discuss and resolve the loses they have experienced.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

 

Support Group for Adults who grew up with a mentally ill parent - S.C.A.R.S

Date: 4th Tuesday of every month

Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Venue:  Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Robyn Maree

Description: SCARS is a support group for adults who still suffer due to their parent's mental illness or trauma inflicted upon them as children.

The conflicting emotions of love and fear towards a parent with a mental illness can confuse and wound years after childhood.

This group provides a safe place for 'scarred' adults to talk and share what has worked to relieve their inner conflicts or simply share stories with sympathetic listeners.

 This support group helps participants to reflect upon the difficulties and experiences of growing up as the offspring of someone who had a mental illness; assist each other with continued emotional response; discover what characteristics/strengths are shared; and gain knowledge and skills to build resilience for the future.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for Personality Disorders

***September 2019 session has been cancelled. Support group resumes from October 2019***

Date: 3rd Friday of every month

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Venue:  Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Michelle De Sicheroli

Description: personality disorder is a condition where someone’s personality traits – the way they think, feel and behave – can be extreme and challenging, causing them great distress. Such people often Fear of abandonment. People with BPD are often terrified of being abandoned or left alone; my have unstable relationships; unclear or shifting self-image; be subject to impulsive, self-destructive behaviours; extreme emotional swings; chronic feelings of emptiness; and, explosive outbursts of anger. Friends and loved ones can struggle to cope with such behaviours.

If you, a family member or friend is struggling, there is help.  The Mental Health Foundation Australia provides a free support group for adults, family and friends.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422

 

Support Group for Relationship Trauma

Date: 1st Friday of every month

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Venue:  Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

Facilitator: Eleanor Brysha

Description: If you’ve experienced an extremely stressful or disturbing event that’s left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control, you may have been traumatized. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.

Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. 

 One of the ways to heal such traumatic experience is participating in social activity such a being part of support group. Listening can be a key step to initiate in healing this issue.

For information about group session please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au or phone 9826 1422