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Mental Health Foundation Australia offers a number of support groups.

* Support Group for Depression, Anxiety, Domestic Violence, PTSD, Turkish Women, African Women, Bipolar Carers, Pyschotic Disorders, Personality Disorders, Relationship Trauma will be running from August

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: 

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:

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

 

Support Group for Psychotic Disorders - 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:

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:

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:

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

 

Support Group for Personality Disorders

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:

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:

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