Support Groups

Assisting people maintain good mental health, stay connected, and overcome isolation in a peer-to-peer setting.

Support Groups

One Door has provided a framework for support groups since 1986. Support groups continue to be at the core of our services, assisting people to maintain good mental health, stay connected, and overcome isolation in a peer-to-peer setting. All groups are listed at the bottom of the page.

One Door currently coordinates two types of support groups:

  • Strong and Social mutual support groups: these are community-based, lived-experience groups run by a peer leader. Membership varies between consumer, carer, and mixed.
  • Carer support groups: these are connected to the Family and Carer Mental Health Program. Many are peer-led and all are supported by a Carer Advocate.

*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, or call the main One Door info line on 1800 843 539.

Join Strong and Social

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. 

We are also looking for 'lived experience' volunteers to help lead new Strong and Social groups. We're particularly interested to start some groups for people under 35 years. If you are in Sydney or elsewhere in NSW and are interested to gain experience leading a group then please contact us. Training and support are 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.


Want to learn more?

Click in the button below to have a look at our Meetup group or contact our Support Groups Coordinator to find out more. 


Contact us

Hugh Worrall - Support Groups Coordinator
Phone: 0466 306 206

Find a Support Group close to you

One Door currently coordinates three types of support groups, 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.

Moruya & Batemans Bay Support Group

1st Thursday of each month

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Moss Vale Carers Support Group

Second Wednesday each month

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Newcastle - Strong and Social

Mental Health Social Support Group

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Northern Beaches Mental Health Support Group

Social group for carers and people with lived experience of mental health problems.

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Online Bipolar Support Group

People with a lived experience of bipolar, carers and support people.

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Panania all ages plus Families, Carers and Friends

Mutual support and social connection

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Parramatta Information & Support Group

Monthly mutual support and friendship

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Port Stephens Support Group

2nd Monday each month

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Queanbeyan Carers Group

Last Monday each month

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Rozelle - Strong and Social 'Bay Run' for under 40s

Monthly picnic, social and walk of the bay run for carers and friends looking for mutual support and friendship

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