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 We are going online for APRIL 2020!

 All support groups in APRIL 2020 will be via our online platform. Please register for your group below and you will receive a link/ contact number to join the support group on the day. If you have any difficultues, please contact supportgroup@mhfa.org.au 

 

Mental Health Foundation Australia offers a number of support groups.

 

 

 

  

SUPPORT GROUPS 

DESCRIPTION

REGISTRATION

 

 

Depression Support Group

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

 

Anxiety Support Group

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

 

 

Mood Disorders Support Group

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

 

 

Gender Identity - TRANSmission Support Group

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

 

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Support Group

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

 

PTSD Support Group

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 

Date: 1st Thursday of every month

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

Facilitator: Aneka Srinivasan, Natalie Frattaroli

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 Youth

Date:  4th Tuesday of each month

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Venue: Wyndham Park Kindergarten, 53 Kookuburra Av, Wyndham

Facilitator: Philasande Dladla

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 Youth 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 Wednesday of every month

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Venue: 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit VIC 3030

Facilitator: Ravinder Kaur

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 Wednesday 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 African Women

Date: 4th Tuesday of every month

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue: Wyndham Park Kindergarten, 53, Kookuburra Ave, Wyndham.

Facilitator: Philasande

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

 

 

Men's Welbeing Support Group

Date:

Melbourne: Every 2nd Wednesday and Thursday 

Echuca: Every 3rd Monday

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue: 

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

Echuca: 257, High Street, Echuca 3564

Facilitator: Dale Cosgrave and Shelton Fernando

Description: 

Men can sometimes be reluctant to seek help when they feel overwhelmed. As a result, they may live with untreated and often undiagnosed mental health conditions that impact on the quality of their life.

Doing what you can to maintain your mental health wellbeing is important in overcoming issues. Finding the time to do regular physical activity, keeping up your social life, and making healthy lifestyle choices are a few examples of mental well-being.  There are times when talking about your issues with someone else can be the assistance you require.

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

 

 

 

Support Group for Family Violence

Date: Every 2nd Monday of the month 

Time: 11.30am to 1.30pm

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

Facilitator: Aisha Usman

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 family violence. It's important to know that help is available from people who know and care about your situation.

 Our Family 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 Hearing Voices

 

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?

Support Groups for “Hearing Voices” (an umbrella term used to refer to auditory, visual, olfactory, sensory experiences and other beliefs that others around them do not experience) provides an open space for the voice-hearer to feel comfortable, accepted, and openly talk about their personal experiences. The aim of the groups is to develop skills to change their relationship with the voices.  The emphasis is not on eliminating the voices, but rather on transforming the voice hearer’s experiences from confusion and fear to acceptance and recovery.  This aims to provide the skills to shift the power balance from victim to victor in a positive direction. Using The Hearing Voices approach attendees will be equipped with the appropriate information and resources as to how to deal and relieve their distress. The caring and sharing of the group will offer support to people experiencing isolation and loneliness from their mental health challenges and build a network of supports.

 

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

 

 

 

Support Group for Personality Disorders

Date: 1st Wednesday 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: 3rd Thursday of every month

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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

Facilitator: Eleanor Brysha

Description: Humans are social creatures that cannot survive without the pack. Throughout our lives we will find ourselves in relationship with family, friends, bosses, co-workers and intimate partners, to mention a few.

Some relationships may be nurturing and positive, while others feel negative and harmful.

Distressing interactions in our relationships can result in trauma and affect our sense of self. We can be left with upsetting memories, emotions and anxiety long after the event.

Attending a support group and creating positive connections can be a good step in the healing process.

In particular, this support group may appeal to:

- people who are experiencing current relationship difficulties 

- people who feel traumatized by past relationships

- people in caring roles who put the needs of others above their own

- people with specific conditions (e.g., BPD)

- people who have experienced psychological abuse

- people who are feel very affected by the wants/needs/moods of others on a daily basis

This support group aims to provide attendees with a safe space to share their stories, concerns and challenges. It will also allow for discussion about strategies for self-care and developing/maintaining healthy relationships.

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