At YAMHS we understand that mental illness can feel quite isolating and it can be hard to find people to connect with who will understand. We have compiled a list of support groups and online forums that we believe are useful.
Youth online support circles
Kids Helpline Circles is a free, safe, & anonymous peer support group for improving overall wellbeing and mental health for young people in Australia aged 13-25 facilitated by Kids Helpline Counsellors.
When you’re dealing with difficulties, sometimes it helps to engage with peers going through a similar situation.
We know it can sometimes be difficult to ask for help, Kids Helpline Circles is your go-to online peer support group.
Share your thoughts, access helpful info and chat to others who are going through similar challenges. You can even offer support to others, too!
Beyond blue offers a range of forums that you can talk about issues you are facing or read about other peoples experiences. The forums cover topics such as general metal health, a range of mental health conditions, and also forums for different groups- LGBTQIA+, Youth, carers and others.
Sane offers 2 groups of forums to participate in. This includes a lived experience one and the friends, family and carer one. The forums cover a range of mental health experiences and can be good to read and share your experience but there is less contribution by medical professionals so not the place for asking for medical advice.
Online group chat
Group Chats run for approximately 1 hour and are hosted by mental health professionals and members of the headspace Youth National Reference Group (hY NRG) and Family and Friends Reference Group.
Anyone can view a Group Chat live chat or transcript. In order to participate, you will need to create a Group Chat profile.
Eating disorder online & in person support groups
Facilitated by our specialist counsellors, support groups can help you:
Feel heard and understood
Find hope and inspiration through others experiences
Learn new skills and strategies.
Online recovery support group 16+ Every Mon 7:30pm – 8:30pm AEST
Online support group for fam and friends 1st & 3rd Wed monthly, 6:30 –7:30 pm
family and friends support group (18-25 yo) Every 2nd Wed monthly 6:30-7:30
Face to Face Times
Selected dates as seen on website. ($20 Fee)
General anxiety online & in person support groups
Way Ahead 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. Best for people with generalised anxiety, OCD and other anxiety disorders.
In a range of locations including Campbelltown, Mittagong, Campsie, Sutherland and others. See the website for details on those meetings
*Due to COVID19 There are temporary online support groups*
Mens support networking
Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help. Probably because of this, many men are less healthy than women, drink more, take more risks and suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression.
Shed activities vary depending on the location so check out the website and nearest shed to you and check in
One door has created a database of local mental health support groups for carers, young people and different cultures. To find a group that suits you check them out below