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 FREE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS 2020!

 All support groups until further notice will be via our online platform. Please register for the support group you wish to attend. Once you register, closer to the support group date, your facilitator will contact you with the link to join the meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact, supportgroup@mhfa.org.au; 1300 643 287

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Indian & Pakistani Youth Support Group has been rescheduled to 13th of July 2020 at 4:00 pm. Please register, and receive the link to the meeting closer to the meeting date.

Mood Disorders Support group will not be taking in any further participants for JULY. If you wish to attend, please register for August. Apologies for any inconvenience, this may cause.

Gender Identity Support Group will meet ONLINE on the 7th of July 2020.
For the 21st of July 2020 - Please register, and we will keep you updated if the mode of delivery changes.

Rest all Support groups will be meeting online. 

 

Overview:

Mental Health Support Groups focus on individuals’ strengths, not weaknesses and works towards the individual’s wellbeing and recovery. 

Mental Health Support Groups (MHSG) are among the best and most widely proven methods for empowering and connecting consumers, caregiver, family and friends. In these groups, participants can open up, realise they are not alone, address past unresolved issues, set new goals, learn new skills and take charge of their lives. For many people, the support group is the best environment to accomplish these changes.

The support groups allow members to exchange new methods, skills and strategies to cope with current challenges.  Interaction within a structured group is particularly useful for group members to learn self-care. They can become more communicative and learn how to assert themselves by knowing their rights. Most of all, a support group can help someone with a mental health issue to learn which behaviours are acceptable and which are not.

The support provided in support groups might be social, emotional or practical support but importantly this support is mutually offered and reciprocated, allowing peers to benefit from this mutual support.  The key elements of a support group are that they are built on shared personal experience and empathy. It focuses on individuals’ strengths, not weaknesses and works towards the individual’s wellbeing and recovery.

For more information on how support groups work , please refer to our Fact Sheet.