Support Groups

National

The Australia Counselling website provides an easy search tool to find counsellors and psychotherapists within Australia.

The Black Dog Institute has a list of support groups for depression and other mood disorders throughout Australia.

Grow provides peer support groups as well as courses, social activities etc for people with mental illnesses including depression.  There are Grow groups throughout Australia & New Zealand.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has links to information on support for people with mental illnesses, their carers and families.

Health Direct Australia has links to information on support for people with mental illnesses, their carers and families.

Dads in Distress Support Services Support groups for Dads throughout Australia.   1300 853437

Mens Shed A Place for Men to be Men, giving them somewhere to Talk and Learn. For Older Men it might be to learn how they fit into the Modern Man Mould, For Younger Men it might be to learn new skills. Online Version a joint venture between Beyond Blue and Australian Men’s Shed Association.

NPS provides an extensive list of support groups and links for those living with Depression.

Postvention Australia is the National Association for the Bereaved by Suicide.  This website provides information on available support groups and other resources available for those affected by suicide or grief.

ACT

PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information inc.) PANDSI provides support, education and information for families in the Canberra/ACT region who are experiencing Antenatal Depression and/or Post Natal Depression. 02 6288 1936

SHOUT, Self Help Organisations United Together  02 6286 4475

NSW 

CAN Mental Health  provide local & national peer support services and recovery activities. 02 9114 8150 (Sydney callers) or 1300 135 846 (for Intra &Interstate callers).

Black Dog Institue provide a wide range of services for depression and other mood disorders in NSW.

The Mental Health Association (NSW) has Anxiety Support Groups and provides the The Anxiety Disorder Support Information Line – 1300 794 992 which focuses more specifcally on anxiety disorders. Also provides the Mental Health Information Service on 1300 794 991 Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Way Ahead Directory provides a directory of mental health services in NSW

Queensland

Self Help Queensland Inc. (07) 3852 5933

Mental Health Association of Queensland (MHAQ) run a number of support groups in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

South Australia

MIFSA – MIFSA runs a number of support groups in SA for people living with a mental illness and their carers.

Victoria

Collective of Self Help Groups (COSHG) , (03) 9349 2301

ADAVIC (Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria) Local Support Group Locations

ARCvic (Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria) – provides support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders.

Outminds is a social group for people who identify as LGBTQI who are managing mental health.

Western Australia

Connect Groups is a fabulous place to start for anyone looking for a support group in WA!  Connect Groups helps to support both groups and individuals and provides an online search facilityto find support groups in your area within WA, as well as providing help to start a support group if there isn’t one handy to you!