WayAhead runs over 30 support groups throughout NSW for people with anxiety and their friends and family. All groups are free of charge and there is no need to book attendance. You do not need to live anywhere near the meeting location to be welcome at a WayAhead support group.
What happens at an anxiety support group?
Our groups are usually comprised of a small number of people who come together to share personal experiences and information in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.
Meetings usually last for about an hour and a half and are led by a trained group facilitator.
WayAhead’s support groups are currently run in the following locations…
Key to icon colours: ■ General anxiety group ■ OCD-specific group ■ Restricted access group
Can’t find a group near you?
Online forums provide an opportunity for users to seek support and share their experiences in a safe, anonymous and moderated online environment. Popular examples include those provided by SANE (hosted on the WayAhead website) and by Beyond Blue (external link).
Alternatively you may wish to search for support groups run by other organisations using the WayAhead Directory.
If you would like to start a support group in an area that we do not currently serve, please see our page about becoming a facilitator.
Outside New South Wales
Our colleagues at the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) run similar anxiety support groups in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Our support groups could not take place without the generosity and dedication of our volunteer facilitators. Many have first-hand experience of anxiety themselves and all are passionate about helping others to cope with their own anxiety difficulties.
Could you help others to manage their anxiety by running a support group?
WayAhead provides training, resources and ongoing assistance to our facilitators and will help to advertise the group to your prospective attendees.
We are always keen to hear from people thinking of setting up a group themselves, so if you think this might be for you, or if you have any further questions about becoming a facilitator, please contact us on 02 9339 6013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilitator Training Days
Our training days usually take place twice a year at the Collective Purpose Hub in Woolloomooloo.
..Our next Facilitator Training day is on 20 April 2018...
For more information contact Rachel on 9339 6013 or email email@example.com
Providing support to a diverse community
WayAhead especially welcomes expressions of interest in running our support groups from First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and LGBTI Australians. You can find out more in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. We also provide translated resources for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
..We are currently looking for volunteers to run an Arabic-speaking support group. If this could be you, please get in touch!..