The groups usually comprise a small number of people who come together to share personal experiences and information in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Group members may also suggest guest speakers.
Participants often form a bond based on the commonality of their day-to-day experiences. They learn from each other, experience relief, have fun, and become inspired by each other's journeys. Often there are people present who have recovered from their illness/disorder, who choose to attend to provide support to others.
What happens at a support group?
Monthly meetings usually last between 1-2 hours and are led by a trained, volunteer facilitator.
Our support groups are free-of-charge. You need to register to attend a support group.
For more information call 9339 6013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"I date my recovery from OCD from the day I first attended a support group. There I found people who understood exactly what I was going through, because they were going through it too - or had been through it, and come out the other side."
Support Group participant
Support Groups for people with anxiety disorders (monthly meetings) - please note many of the groups do NOT run in December and January due to the holidays period. Please check the support group listing for more information on group schedules.
IMPORTANT - These are not treatment groups. They are places where people who are impacted by anxiety can give and receive support related to living with and managing their anxiety. They are facilitated by trained volunteers who have a diverse range of experiences but who are not qualified health professionals. As such, these groups are not suitable for people with high levels of mental distress which may be associated with psychosis, severe depression or active post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We recommend that you do not attend these groups if you are experiencing high levels of distress as it is unlikely that they will able to meet your needs.
For more information, or to discuss whether these groups are suitable for you, please call 02 9339 6013 or email email@example.com.