Support Groups

    There are two types of support groups on this page; 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 has experienced mental health problems, you can join our Strong and Social Meetup page to keep up with the latest meetings. Check the listings below under Strong and Social.

    You can also join our Support Groups Facebook group to keep up-to-date about what is happening. It is a private group, so it is safe and respectful, and is supported by One Door staff.

    Note: support groups are not the right place to go if you are in a crisis. People generally need to be able to manage themselves in a social situation and in a community space.  We are happy, however, to provide crisis referral information.

    Contact our Support Groups Coordinator to find out more:
    Hugh Worrall, 0466 306 206 or email
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au

    Community-Based Mental Health Support Groups

    Place and name of group

    Who attends the group

    Time and place of meeting

    Contact

    Bankstown Beautiful Minds People interested in raising awareness and funds for mental health  4th Monday each month, 6.30pm
    Panania Christian Church
    183 Tower St, Panania
    bmbankstown@gmail.com
    www.facebook.com/beautifulmindsbankstown
    Bankstown Mental Health Carers Carers 1st Tuesday each month, 7pm
    Room 4, Level 4
    Bankstown Hospital
    Mae - 0439 473 926
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au
    Bathurst Mental Health Carers Support Group
    Carers and Supporters
    3rd Thursday of the month, 7pm
    Bathurst Information Neighbourhood Centre
    96 Russell St
    Christine - 02 6367 9292,
    zemzem27@hotmail.com
    Campbelltown Beautiful Minds People interested in improving mental health services in the Campbelltown area. 1st Thursday each month, 6pm. 
    Ingleburn RSL Board Room

    Cheryl
    sparadel@bigpond.net.au

    Coffs Harbour Mental Health Carers
    Carers
    1st Tuesday each month, 10am.
    Uniting Church, Corner Vernon and Gordon St, Coffs Harbour

    Yvonne - 02 6652 8633
    vmyquad@yahoo.com.au
    Chris
    waves372@hotmail.com

    Central Coast Schizophrenia
    and Bipolar Fellowship Support Group 
    People who have experienced mental health problems
    Carers and Supporters
    Currently holding picnic meetings in Woy Woy on the 1st Thursday of the month at 12noon.
    Stephanie - 02 4344 7989
    ks.wood@bigpond.com
    Cessnock Area Mental Health Support Group
    People who have experienced mental health problems
    Carers and Supporters

    1st Monday each month, 7pm.
    Cessnock Supporters Club,
    1 Darwin St, Cessnock.
    Margaret - 02 4937 1200
     https://www.facebook.com/groups/550839474934663/
    Hornsby Kuringai Association (HKA)

    Carers and people living with mental illness. HKA runs several community forums per year to present important issues about mental health.

    Currently working on restarting in-person meetings. Join the email list for newsletters and updates.

    Hugh - 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au

    Liverpool
    Strong and Social Mutual Support Group
    Monthly support catch-up for people who have experienced mental health problems wanting to build and maintain their recovery.
    2nd Wednesday, 6pm
    Liverpool Library, usually in the "Pink Room"
    George St, Liverpool.

    Hugh 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au
    Click here: Strong and Social - Meetup

    Newcastle Mental Health Social Support Group
    People who have experienced mental health problems
    Carers and Supporters

    Meet on the 3rd Monday each month, 4pm.
    Baptist Care, 88 Hanbury St, Mayfield.
    Social activities each month between meetings.

    Hugh Worrall - 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au
    Join the SMS list to find out about the social activities

    North Shore Mental Health Support Group.

    Carers and people with lived experience. Support people welcome.
    Topic Driven Discussion and sometimes led by an invited expert.

    Currently meeting via Zoom. Contact us to go on the email list to get the monthly newsletter and the zoom link.

    Hugh Worrall - 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au

    Northern Beaches Mental Health Support Group Carers and people with lived experience of mental health problems
    2nd Tues each month
    Currently meeting as a social group at Dee Why RSL.

    Hugh Worrall - 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au

    NOUS Social Group Social group for people of Greek descent who experience mental health problems.

    Every second Tuesday at different locations in Sydney Inner West.
    Please contact Paraskevi for details.

    Paraskevi - 0428 907 573
    paraskevi.trifyllis@onedoor.org.au
    nous@onedoor.org.au

    Nowra - Shoalhaven Mental Health Support Group
    People with lived experience, carers, supporters.
    This is a social group and they run events: The Big Crack-Up, Mental Health Art Competition and Christmas Hampers.
    Call Ann for details.

    Ann - 0414 061 021
    Matthew - 02 4421 8002

    matthew.sproule@health.nsw.gov.au

    Pennant Hills - Women Survivors of Child Sexual Assault Women Survivors  Weekly, Monday at 12noon.
    Pennant Hills Community Health
    5 Fisher Ave, Pennant Hills 
    Helga - 02 9481 8729
    Community Health Centre -
    02 9483 7999
    Parramatta Network This is a small social group interested in mental health and Parramatta heritage issues. Meetings are usually an informal discussion led by Leslie who also has a lot of mental health referral information. It is not a structured meeting and is not suitable for those looking for personal support.

    6pm, 1st Tuesday of the Month
    Parramatta Seniors Centre
    Next to Parramatta Library
    2nd Floor.

    Leslie - 0407 368 095,
    leslierogan@hotmail.com
    Parramatta - Strong and Social
    People who have experienced mental health problems.

    1st Wednesday of the month, 12noon,
    'Walk,Talk and Cafe'
    in Parramatta Park.

    Hugh 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au
    Click here: Strong and Social - Meetup

    Port Macquarie - Hastings Mental Health Support Group
    Carers and the people you care for.
    Last Friday each month, 10am.
    McAdams Building
    (adjacent to Players Theatre)
    Sheila - 0408 235 870
    mentalhealthsupport@hotmail.com
    Ryde Bipolar Support Group People with lived experience and 
    Carers
    1st Sunday each month, 2pm.
    Currently meeting via Zoom
    Hugh - 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au
     
    Sefton Support Group
    People who have experienced mental health problems
    Every Friday, 10am - 12noon
    Sefton Roundabout Youth Centre
    104 Carlingford St, Sefton
    Paul and Mariana
    Paul - 0434 797 927
    Hugh - 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au
    Strong and Social - online

    Monthly catch-up for mutual support.
    Monthly Employment Support Group
    Monthly Creative Circle (still forming)
    For people who have experienced mental health problems. Carers and support people are welcome.

    2nd Tuesday monthly catch-up, 7pm
    3rd Tuesday Employment Support Group, 7pm
    4th Wednesday monthly catch-up, 7pm
    on Zoom
    Hugh 0466 306 206
    hugh.worralll@onedoor.org.au
    Get on the email or sms list for the Zoom link
    Join our Meetup groups: 
    Strong and Social - Mutual Support Group
    Strong and Social - Employment Support Group
    Strong and Social - Creative Circle
      

    Family and Carer Mental Health Support Groups

     

    Place and name of group

    Who attends the group

    Time and place of meeting

    Contact

    Albury Carers
    1st Thursday each month, 2.30pm.
    Albury

    Susan - 02 6021 5882
    susan.morris@onedoor.org.au

    Armidale Carers 4th Monday each month, 
    Alternating lunch-time and after-work.
    Armidale.
    Also online.

    Isabelle - 02 6772 3211
    isabelle.devos@onedoor.org.au
    Please contact for information about the online support group.

    Balmain Mental Health Carers Support Group
    Carers 1st Tuesday each month, 7pm. 
    Balmain Town Hall
    Bronwyn - 0427 601 795
    Bronwyn.Monro@gmail.com
    Bateman's Bay - Caring Connections Carers

    3rd Monday each month. Please call for location. 

    Allyn - 0422 404 442
    acc.cooke@gmail.com
    Angela 0455 402 763
    Angela.stewart@onedoor.org.au
     Bega Carers Support Group
     Carers 3rd Monday each month
    5.15pm to 7pm

    Bega
    Samantha scram1970@yahoo.com.au
    Merimbula
    John and Lynda john.aynsley@bigpond.com
    Christopher Young chyoung.au@gmail.com

    Burwood Carers Support Group
    Carers
    3rd Tuesday each month, 7pm.
    Burwood RSL

    Loris - 02 9708 2670
    or 0466 549 095

    loris.saysana@onedoor.org.au

    Camden Carer Support Group Carers 4th Tuesday each month
    10am to 12noon
    Narellan
    Janelle - 0423 767 501
    janelle.hint@onedoor.org.au
    Campbelltown Carers Support Group
    Carers
    3rd Tuesday each month, 5.30pm.
    One Door Mental Health
    3/208 Queen St
    Campbelltown
    Janelle - 0423 767 501
    janelle.hint@onedoor.org.au
    Canterbury Mental Health Carers
    Carers
    2nd Tuesday each month, 10am.
    Bridgewater House,
    11 Berna Ave, Canterbury
    Valentina - 0401 694 396
    valentinamk@onedoor.org.au
    Canterbury NOUS Carers
    Greek Carers
    1st and 3rd Monday each month, 10am.
    Bridgewater House,
    11 Berna Ave, Canterbury

    Paraskevi - 0428 907 573
    paraskevi.trifyllis@onedoor.org.au
    nous@onedoor.org.au

    Canterbury Vietnamese Carers Support Group
    Vietnamese Carers
    Fortnightly on Monday's, 10am. 
    Bridgewater House,
    11 Berna St Canterbury
    Lianne - 0478404662
    lianne@onedoor.org.au
    Corowa Carers Group
    Carers
    Last Tuesday each month
    10.30am to 1pm
    Intereach Hub
    Corowa

    Michelle
    ph: 02 6021 5882
    mob: 0481 010 728
    michelle.conroy@onedoor.org.au
    Deniliquin Carer Support Group Carers 1st Tuesday each month,
    10.30am to 1pm
    Intereach Deniliquin Hub 

    Michelle Conroy - 0481 010 728
    michelle.conroy@onedoor.org.au

    Glen Innes - CUPS (Carers Under Pressure) Carers  4th Tuesday each month, 1pm.
    Glen Innes.
    Also online.
    Isabelle - 02 6772 3211
    isabelle.devos@onedoor.org.au
    Please contact for information about the online support group.
    Goulburn Mental Health Family and Carers Support Group Mental health carers for building social support and information exchange.

    3rd Tuesday each month,  10:30am.
    Meets at the Greengrocers on 
    Clifford St. 

    Setayesh - 0400 533 052 
    seta.noor@onedoor.org.au

    Great Lakes Mental Health Carer Support Group  Carers 

    Forster.
    Please contact for time and location.
     

    Margaret - 0456 966 173
    glmentalhealthcarers@gmail.com
    Mydie - 02 6551 4333
    mydie.keegan@onedoor.org.au

    Griffith
    Carers
    3rd Monday each month, 11am
    Griffith
    Jo - 0458 299 067
    Joanne.polkinghorne@onedoor.org.au
    Inverell Support Group

    Carers

    1st Tuesday each month, 2pm.
    Please contact for location. 

    Kristy - 02 6721 4197
    kristy.goman@onedoor.org.au
    Liverpool Fairfield Mental Health Carers
    Carers
    1st Thursday each month, 11am. 
    Cabravale Diggers Club
    1 Bartley St, Canley Vale
    Amy - 02 4625 1639
    amy.kemp@onedoor.org.au
    Maitland Carers 3rd Thursday each month, 10am. 
    Maitland. 

    Debbie - 0466 560 233
    debbie.dunn@onedoor.org.au

    Marrickville Support Group Carers Last Wednesday each month, 2pm-3.30pm
    Marrickville Cottage
    behind Marrickville Health Centre
    155-157 Livingstone Rd
    Marrickville
    Suki Su - 0417 370 222
    suki.su@onedoor.org.au



    Merimbula -
    Sapphire Coast
    Carers

    Last Friday each month, 11am.
    Merimbula Club Sapphire.

    Lynette - 0466 329 315
    lynette.duck@onedoor.org.au
    Moss Vale Carers

    2nd Wednesday, 10am.
    Please contact for location. 

    Carmel - 02 4868 2755
    carmel.averillo@onedoor.org.au
    Newcastle Carers Support Group Mental Health Carers - social activities 4th Wednesday each month, 9.30am
    Various locations, contact to confirm.
    Mydie Keegan mydie.keegan@onedoor.org.au 
    0400 498 479
    Port Stephens Support Group Mental Health Carers

    10 May, 7 June, 5 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October, 8 November, 6 December 10.30am to 12pm

    Yaacaba Centre, Nelson Bay from May 2021

    Sue McMahon

    Mydie - 02 6551 4333
    Mydie.keegan@onedoor.org.au

    Queenbeyan Carers Mental Health Carers 1st Wednesday each month, 2.30pm.
    Please call or email for the location.
    Melanie - 02 5112 1990
    melanie.turner@onedoor.org.au
    Tamworth Mental Health Carers Support Group Carers  

    2nd Tuesday each month, 10am.
    Tamworth
    Please contact for location.

    Di - 0418 652 976
    carerinfohne@onedoor.org.au

    Taree - Manning MH Social Family and Friends Carers 4th Tuesday each month,
    1pm-3pm
    78 Wynter St.

     

    Tenterfield - Support Group for Mental Health Carers Carers 2nd Tuesday each month, 12pm. 
    Tenterfield
    Also now online.

    Isabelle - 0400 463 171
    Please contact for details of online support group.

    Ulladulla Carers Carers 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, 1pm.
    Ulladulla Community Resources Centre,
    78 St Vincents St. 
    Sharon - 02 4285 0019

    Upper Hunter Mental Health Carer Support Group
    Carers 3rd Tuesday each month, 10am - 12noon
    Muswellbrook
    Hayley - 0466 453 078
    hayley.hungerford@onedoor.org.au
    Villawood - Vietnamese Carers Support Group
    Vietnamese Carers
    4th Monday each month, 10:00am.
    Villawood Senior Citizens Centre
    29 Villawood Rd, Villawood
    Lianne - 0478 404 662
    lianne@onedoor.org.au
    Wagga Wagga
    Carers
    1st & 3rd Tuesday each month

    David McLennan 0481 915 526
    david.mclennan@onedoor.org.au
    Warialda Carers 2nd Tuesday each month, 2pm
    Warialda

    Kristy - 02 6721 4197
    kristy.goman@onedoor.org.au