Support Groups

    There are three types of support groups on this page; Strong and Social 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 has experienced mental health problems, you can join our Strong and Social Meetup page or our Support Groups Facebook group to keep up-to-date about what is happening. 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 under Strong and Social. 

    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. When a person is ready, 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 and Fundraising team to raise money to pay our fantastic Strong and Social Peer Leaders. Click here to have a look at our Meetup group or email or phone me directly (see below).

    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 help you find crisis support, please call us.

    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. Bankstown Beautiful Minds provides support for Banks House, the acute mental health unit at Bankstown Hospital. Last Monday each month, 6.30pm
    Revesby Workers
    2b Brett St, Revesby
    bmbankstown@gmail.com
    www.facebook.com/beautifulmindsbankstown
    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. Campbelltown Beautiful Minds provides support for the acute mental health units at Campbelltown Hospital. 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
    Uniting Church meeting room
    Donnison St, opposite Kibble Park
    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. This is a social dinner meeting in the Club. People provide mutual support. This meeting is good for older people.

    1st Monday each month, 6pm.
    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 not meeting but you are also welcome to connect with the North Shore Support Group in Chatswood. 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 mutual support catch-up for people who have experienced mental health problems and wanting to build and maintain their recovery. Peer led by Michael and Jody.
    2nd Wednesday, 6pm
    Liverpool Library,check which room.
    George St, Liverpool.

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

    Newcastle - Strong and Social
    Mental Health Social Support Group
    People who have experienced mental health problems,
    carers and supporters. Weekly social activities to help people find friends and maintain their mental health recovery. Peer led by Troy.

    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.

    This group is most suitable for older, experienced carers who are looking to connect with like-minded people.
    Topic driven discussion often by an invited guest speaker followed by supper and socializing.

    1st Thursday of each month, 7pm
    Hecules House, 49 Hercules St, Chatswood
    Zoom connection for the meeting available.
    Subscribe to the monthly email newsletter.

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

    Northern Beaches Mental Health Support Group Social group for carers and people with lived experience of mental health problems.
    2nd Tues each month
    Currently meeting as a social group at Dee Why RSL.
    Go on the SMS text list to get meeting info.

    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 who 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. This is a small group of women who offer mutual support. Weekly, Monday at 12noon.
    Pennant Hills Community Health
    5 Fisher Ave, Pennant Hills 
    Helga - 02 9481 8729
    Community Health Centre -
    02 9483 7999
    Parramatta - Strong and Social
    Employment Support Group
    For people who have experienced mental health problems and are interested to get mutual support to look for work or  to help them stay in work.

    1st Friday each month, 2pm
    Western Sydney University,
    2nd floor, turn left at the top of the escalators
    Meeting space nook by the windows.
    Call if you can't find us.
    Hugh 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au 
    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. Small social group. We take different walks around Parramatta Park each month and go for coffee.

    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 a lived experience of bipolar and 
    carers and support people.
    1st Sunday each month, 2pm.
    Currently meeting via Zoom
    Hugh - 0466 306 206
    hugh.worrall@onedoor.org.au
     
    Sefton Support and Social Group for the Mental Health Community
    People who have experienced mental health problems. We have a gentle mutual support catch-up, some mindfulness activities and some gentle walking. Each month we also do a social activity. Particularly good for older people. Peer led by Paul and Marianna.
    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 Mutual Support Catch-ups online

    Fortnightly 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 & 4th Wednesday each month catch-up, 7pm on Zoom

    Hugh 0466 306 206
    hugh.worralll@onedoor.org.au
    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

    Strong and Social Employment Support Group Monthly Employment Support Group with Hugh
    For people who have experienced mental health problems and are wanting to talk to people who are looking for work or are managing being in work.
    1st Wednesday each month on Zoom, 7pm
    We're hoping to regularly meet in-person when the pandemic is over. 

    Hugh 0466 306 206
    hugh.worralll@onedoor.org.au
    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
    Strong and Social - Events and Fundraising For people interested in being part of running fun events and doing fundraising to help pay our wonderful Strong and Social Peer Leaders.
    People with a lived experience, carers, support people and interested community members welcome.
    3rd Thursday each month on Zoom, click below:
    Strong and Social Events and Fundraising
    We're hoping to regularly meet in-person when the pandemic is over. 
    Hugh 0466 306 206
    hugh.worralll@onedoor.org.au
    Join our Meetup group:
    Strong and Social - Events and Fundraising (Sydney, Australia) | Meetup
      

    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
    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
    Bargo Carers Support Group Carers 2nd Thursday each month Carmel 0448 029 985
    carmel.averillo@onedoor.org.au 

    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
    Bowral Carers Support Group Carers 2nd Wednesday each month, 10am Carmel 0448 029 985
    carmel.averillo@onedoor.org.au 
    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
    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