Consumer Support Groups

Bereaved by Suicide Peer Support Group

Regional area where program is delivered: Launceston

Organisation delivering the program: ARAFMI (An Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (Tasmania) Inc.)

Description of program:

The Bereaved by Suicide Peer Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm, at Lifelink Samaritans, Launceston. These meetings may include caring and supportive conversation, information sharing, service recommendations, guest speakers on mental health.

Eligibility criteria:  Participants who have been bereaved by suicide

How to apply:  Contact ARAFMI North on 6331 4486

Where to go to find out more information:

Email: north@arafmitas.org.au

Web: www.arafmitas.org.au

Phone: (03) 6228 7448

Bipolar Support Group

Regional area where the program is delivered:  Launceston

Organisation delivering the program: ARAFMI (An Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (Tasmania) Inc.)

Description of program:

Bipolar Support Group meets on the forth Monday of each month, 1:00pm – 3pm, at the ARAFMI Centre, 34 Howick St, Launceston. These meetings may include caring and supportive conversation, information sharing, service recommendations, guest speakers on mental health.

Eligibility criteria:

Participants need to be people who have experienced, or are experiencing mental illness and are not currently in crisis.

How to apply for the program: Contact ARAFMI North on 6331 4486

Where to go to find out more information:

Email: north@arafmitas.org.au

Web: www.arafmitas.org.au Phone: (03) 6228 7448

Club Haven

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: Devonport

Description of program:

Club Haven is a social and support network for adults (aged 18-60) with mental illnesses who live in Devonport and surrounding areas.

Club Haven provides:

  • a relaxed, comfortable, friendly place where Club members can meet, socialise and develop skills
  • a range of activities, such as computer training, First Aid training, cooking, craft or gym, as well as social events
  • a supportive environment in which to build self-esteem, independence and confidence

Where to go to find out more information:

Please call (03) 6423 6329

Community Central

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Colony 47 Inc

Regional area where the program is delivered:  Hobart

Description of program:

Community Central is a drop in centre that provides social support and counselling.

Where to go to find out more information:

Colony 47

47 Davey Street, Hobart

Tel: 1800 265 669

Website: www.colony47.com.au

Eureka Clubhouse

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Colony 47 inc

Regional area where the program is delivered: SE Tasmania, Moonah

Description of program:

Eureka Clubhouse is a community based rehabilitation centre run by and for people who have had mental health problems. You can find friendship, understanding and confidence in a supportive environment, and at the same time develop life and employment skills.

Participation at Eureka Clubhouse is voluntary with YOU making the decision about when to attend, how long you attend and what area you work in.

The basis of Eureka Clubhouse is the work ordered day. Through this the members are involved in meaningful activities such as administration, food services, gardening and maintenance which can lead to supported employment opportunities.

Eligibility criteria for the program: Diagnosed or perceived Mental illness

How to apply for the program:

Contact or be referred to the service for an orientation visit by telephoning us on 62789179.

Where to go to find out more information:

Call 62789179

Visit Eureka Clubhouse 6 Florence Street Moonah

GROW Groups

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  GROW

Regional area where the program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program:

GROW operates ten to twelve support groups for people with a mental illness each year in metropolitan and regional locations.

The groups offer a recovery-focussed, community-building educational program based upon a spirit of genuine love, care and understanding.

The importance of alleviating the distressing symptoms of mental illness, improving an individual’s functioning and enhancing their sense of wellbeing are major priorities of the GROW program.

The Program is a cognitive behavioural approach to mental health. The Program is presented in a structured way through weekly two hour meetings and has a 12-Step framework is at its heart.

Where to go to find out more information:

Telephone (03) 6223 6284 or email: tas@grow.net.au

You can also visit their website at www.grow.net.au or download the GROW booklet containint fifteen personal testimonies hereHOT Group (Helping Ourselves Together)

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  ARAFMI (An Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (Tasmania) Inc.)

Regional area where the program is delivered: Hobart & Southern Regions

Description of program:

HOT Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 7:00pm, at 1 Bowen Road, Moonah. These meetings may include caring and supportive conversation, information sharing, service recommendations, guest speakers on mental health, DVD screenings, and supper.

Eligibility criteria for the program:

Participants need to be people who have experienced, or are experiencing mental illness and are not currently in crisis.

How to apply for the program: Contact the ARAFMI South Helpline on 6228 7448

Where to go to find out more information:

Email: south@arafmitas.org.au

Web: www.arafmitas.org.au

Phone: (03) 6228 7448

Huntington’s Disease Drop in Centre

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: Huntington’s Disease Association of Tasmania

Description of program:

The Huntington’s Disease Association provides education, information, resources, advocacy and support to people with Huntington’s Disease, their carers and families, those 'at risk' of developing Huntington’s Disease and the broader community.

They provide a drop in centre which provides support and advocacy.

Where to go to find out more information:

Phone: (03) 6431 3403
Email: hdatas@bigpond.com

Website: http://www.huntingtonsaustralia.asn.au/tasmania.html

Mates Program

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Australian Red Cross

Regional area where the program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program:

Mates is a befriending program that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to offer ongoing friendship to a person with a diagnosed mental illness.

The Mates Program is designed to provide supportive friendships between volunteers and people who have become isolated because of living with illness. The friendships not only enhance the quality of life of those involved, but also facilitate building bridges back into the community by reducing the social isolation faced by many.

Eligibility criteria for the program:

· Have a diagnosed mental illness

· Person is over 18 years old

· Be working with a mental health care professional on a regular basis

· Is isolated and lonely due to mental health issues

How to apply for the program:

· Clients are referred by Mental Health Care Professionals

· Individuals can self refer by ringing the regional Coordinator

Where to go to find out more information:

Southern Region: Phone: 62356025 or email ssherrin@redcross.org.au

Northern Region: Phone: 63312522 or email  jdalgleish@redcross.org.au

North West Region: Phone: 64311848 or email jsale@redcross.org.au

Pathways

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: North of Tasmania

Description of program:

Pathways provides structured social activities and skills development for people with persistent and severe mental illness. It is a community program that provides support for day to day living.

It provides a friendly, relaxing place for people aged 18 and over with a diagnosed mental illness. Members are a part of a team that plan group activities and outings.

Where to go to find out more information:

Call (03) 63 310 224

Self Help Support Groups

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  ROPES Inc (Reaching Out to People in Emotional Stress ) Inc

Regional area where the program is delivered: Southern Tasmania

Description of program:

Ropes is a self-help support group for men and women over 40 who have experienced emotional stress, depression or a mental illness. It aims to provide support from people who have been through similar situations. We meet twice weekly Wednesday and Friday 10am – 3pm. Cost 50c per day for tea/coffee our activities include group discussion, craft, games relaxation, video/dvd and activities to help build self-esteem. Support is available one and one or through group discussion

Where to go to find out more information:

Tel: (03) 6273 0456

Email: ropesinc@bigpond.com

Thinking Well Support Group

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: ARAFMI (An Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (Tasmania) Inc.)

Regional area where the program is delivered:  Launceston

Description of program:

Thinking Well Depression Support Group meets fortnightly, 7:30pm, at the Emmanuel Centre, 123 Abbott St, Newstead. These meetings may include caring and supportive conversation, information sharing, service recommendations, guest speakers on mental health.

Eligibility criteria for the program: Participants who have Depression

How to apply for the program:  Contact ARAFMI North on 6331 4486

Where to go to find out more information:

Email: north@arafmitas.org.au

Web: www.arafmitas.org.au

Phone: (03) 6228 7448

Torture and Trauma Support Groups

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) Inc

Regional area where the program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program:

Where to go to find out more information:

Migrant Resource Centre

49 Molle Street,

Hobart

Ph: (03) 6221 0999