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There are three types of support groups on this page; Strong and Social peer-led, lived-experience mutual support groups, community-based support groups which are peer-led and have mixed membership, and carer support groups which are connected to the Family and Carer Mental Health Program (scroll down the page).
If you're a person who is working on your mental health recovery and you feel ready to meet other people for mutual support and friendship, you can join our Strong and Social Meetup page or our Support Groups Facebook group to keep up-to-date about what is happening in the Strong and Social groups. Email or sms Hugh, details below, if you prefer to join our email or sms list to get updates. Check the individual groups on the list below.
We are currently looking for 'lived experience' volunteers to help lead new Strong and Social groups. We're particularly interested to start some groups for people under 35yrs. If you are in Sydney or NSW and are interested to gain experience leading a group then please contact us. Training and support is provided and you will meet other people who are leading support groups. Helping lead a support group can help build recovery, boost self-esteem and even help move towards getting back into the paid workforce. We'd love to talk to you.
We are also very interested to meet people who would like to be part of our Strong and Social Events Team to help raise money to support the fantastic Strong and Social Paid Peer Leaders project. Click here to have a look at our Meetup group or email or phone Hugh (see below).
Note: while support groups are good for mutual support, exchanging information and social connection, they are not the right place to go if you are in an immediate crisis. In support groups people generally need to be able to manage themselves in a social situation and in a community space. We are happy, however, to help you find crisis support, please call us, or call the main One Door info line on 1800 843 539. The NSW Health Mental Health line is 1800 011 511 or if it's an emergency call 000.
Contact our Support Groups Coordinator to find out more:
Hugh Worrall, 0466 306 206 or email email@example.com
3rd or 4th Saturday each month, 10.30am.
Casula Powerhouse, at Casula Train Station.
Contact us if you'd like to join in.
The walk is led by Hanh.
Look for the bunch of (fake) sunflowers to find us.
Yvonne - 02 6652 8633
Summer - Woy Woy waterside park in the gazebo (look for the sunflower). Covid-safe outdoor meeting space.
Winter - Uniting Church meeting room
Donnison St, opposite Kibble Park
1st Thursday of the month at 12noon.
Good for mature, experienced carers.
Currently not meeting but you are also welcome to connect with the North Shore Support Group in Chatswood.
Fortnightly social and mutual support catch-ups. Cafe and walk activities and online Zoom meetings.
An opportunity for people under 35s and their families/carers to meet together, enjoy a social time and exchange mental health info and support.
2nd Saturday in Hornsby and 4th Thursday in Waverton at 10.30am.
We meet in a cafe and go for a walk.
Social activities such as walks, coffee catch-ups and excursions each week of the month and a planning meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month in Mayfield at 4.30pm.
Hugh Worrall - 0466 306 206
Join the SMS list to find out about the social activities
Click here to join the Newcastle Strong and Social Meetup group to keep up-to-date with activities.
This group is most suitable for mature, experienced carers who are looking to connect with like-minded people.
We social meetings in Chatswood every second month and an online meeting with a guest speaker in the alternative months.
1st Thursday of each month, 7pm
Hecules House, 49 Hercules St, Chatswood.
Can join in via Zoom. Contact us for the link.
Hugh Worrall - 0466 306 206
Contact us to find out about the next meetings and events.
Ann - 0414 061 021
Matthew - 02 4421 8002
Not currently meeting.
3rd Wednesday each month
12noon - 2pm
We gather inside the big gate on O'Connell St, at the top of George St. Usually at the cafe tables or on the park benches. Look for the bunch of (fake) sunflowers to find us.
TBA - in 2023
Current season starts on Wednesday Feb 8, 2023.
6 x online workshop sessions
2 x in-person weekend social meetings
Strong and Social Online
Mutual Support Catch-up with Hanh
Monthly Catch-up for Mutual Support, peer led by Hanh
For people who have experienced mental health problems. Carers and support people are welcome.
2nd Tuesday each month catch-up, 7pm on Zoom
Call, text or email Hugh to get the Zoom link or join the Meetup or Facebook groups.
Hugh 0466 306 206
Get on the email or sms list for the Zoom links
Join our Meetup group:
Strong and Social - Mutual Support Group
or Facebook group:
One Door Mental Health Support Groups | Facebook
Susan - 02 6021 5882
Isabelle - 02 6772 3211 or 0400 463 171
Please contact for information about the online support group.
4th Tuesday each month,
10am to 12pm
3rd Monday each month. Please call for location.
Loris - 02 9708 2670
or 0466 549 095
Paraskevi - 0428 907 573
Michelle Conroy - 0481 010 728
Last Monday each month
5.30pm - 7pm
Workspace Goulburn - Boardroom
Monique Foster - 0400 533 052
Please contact for time and location.
Margaret - 0456 966 173
Mydie - 02 6551 4333
1st Tuesday each month, 12.30 - 2pm.
Please contact for location.
Johanna Rowe - 0466 560 233
Last Friday each month, 11am.
Contact Lynette for the venue info.
2nd Monday each month, 10am
Yaacaba Centre, Nelson Bay from May 2021
Daryn Steer firstname.lastname@example.org
0400 498 479
2nd Tuesday each month, 10am.
Please contact for location.
Di - 0418 652 976
Isabelle - 6772 3211 or mobile 0400 463 171
Please contact for details of online support group.
Monthly - first Tuesday 10 am – 11 am and
Monthly - third Tuesday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
please contact your local Carer Advocate or
Mydie on 0429 995 907 Email: email@example.com
Diane on 0428 466 542