Support and self-help groups
Support groups provide information, programs, social networking and support opportunities to people who share common interests or experiences.
A number of support groups are listed in the mental health services directory.
ARAFMI Friends and Carers Association provide counselling, support groups, programs and information for families and carers as well as respite opportunities and a recreation program for mental health consumers. They provide services in rural areas as well as a COPMI program (children of parents with a mental illness), formerly known as the Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill.
Carers WA is the peak body for family carers and provides information, education, counselling and advocacy.
ConnectGroups is the peak body for support groups in WA. They provide start up, ongoing development, advocacy and networking services to the community. They have a comprehensive online directory of groups and associations in W.A. providing informal and friendly support as well as more structured programs.
GROW is Australia’s only national peer support organisation which provides a peer supported program for growth and personal development to people with a mental illness and those people experiencing difficulty in coping with life’s challenges. Grow also provides a free alternative to counselling through an interactive, caring, non-judgmental voluntary weekly support group with a follow-up plan to keep in touch with group members. To find a location closest to you visit Grow WA Group Directory.
Even Keel offers a network of support groups in WA for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia and other related mental illness.
From The Heart WA (formerly Post Natal Depression Support Association) is a volunteer run consumer organisation that provides support and information to women, partners and families who are affected by stress and depression related to pregnancy, childbirth and the addition of a new child to the family.