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Carer Support Groups

Tandem works with a number of carer support groups around Victoria.  Some have been established for many years, and others are always starting up. To add a group to the list, or to make an inquiry, contact Tandem.   

Carers Victoria offer a comprehensive directory of Carer Support Groups in Melbourne on its page. Select Mental Health. 

Metropolitan Carer Support Groups in Melbourne
Rural Support Groups
Carer Support Groups at Mental Health Services
Area Mental Health Services Carer Groups & Activities

Mental Health Compass

A user-friendly guide for consumers, carers, service providers and professionals. Includes live links to websites, services and helplines.


Metropolitan Carer Support Groups in Melbourne

Abbotsford – Mind BPD Carer Support Group 

Mind Abbotsford Thrive Centre, Ground Floor Collingwood Football Club Community Centre, 8 Lulie Street, Abbotsford (cnr Lulie and Abbot Streets,  next to the Collingwood Toy Library)

Open support and information group for carers of people with a Borderline Personality Disorder.

When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 7–9pm
Enquiries: Mind Carer Help Line 1300 550 265 or email

Altona – Westgate Support Group

Altona Library Meeting Room. 123 Queen Street, Altona.

A group for Carers living in the western region of Melbourne.

When: Second Tuesday of the month
Time: 2–4pm
Enquiries: Laura Franklin 93397 2160 or Alma Hare 9398 5036

Brimbank – Carer Support Group at Break Thru

A joint initiative between Break Thru and Harvester Clinic (NWArea MH).

When: Fourth Wednesday of the month
Time: 6–8pm 
Enquiries: Christine Brown  9288 7000 or Contact Duty Worker of Carer Support Team 9365 9500 or

Caulfield South – Grow: Family and Friends Peer Support Group

Grow Community Centre, 707 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield South

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 7–9pm
Enquiries: 1800 558 268

Flemington – Melbourne Eating Disorders Parent Support Group

Flemington Neighbourhood House, 28 Farnham Street, Flemington

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month
Time: 8–9.30pm

This group welcomes anyone over 18 who is caring for someone with an eating disorder. Gold coin donation for coffee, tea and room hire. More

Geelong Bipolar Support Group

Mind Works, 284 Latrobe Terrace, Newtown

Each session includes time for open discussion followed by an educational component. More

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month
Time: 6.30–8.30pm

Monthly group sessions every 4th Tuesday 6.30–8.30pm. Each session includes time for open discussion followed by an educational component. More

Hoppers Crossing – The Family/Carer Peer Support Group

Clare Moore Building (Werribee Mercy Psychiatric Inpatient Unit), Princes Highway, Hoppers Crossing

When: Third Tuesday each month
Time: 7.15–9.15pm
Enquiries: Helen on 8734 1684 or

Inner South Family and Friends
Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda

A free meeting provided by Inner South Family and Friends.

When: Second Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.30pm
Enquiries: and to subscribe to their mailing list.

Ferntree Gully Family Support Group

Halcyon, 3 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully

When: Third Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.45pm
Enquiries: Barb Edwards 9726 5694

Narre Warren – Mental Health Carer Respite Program

Narre Warren Library, Overland Drive, Narre Warren

The evenings are open to community participants as well as carers who are part of the ERMHA respite program.

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 7–9pm
Enquiries: Michelle Cottam (or any worker in the ERMHA Respite Program)  9796 1000

Noble Park – Grow: Family and Friends Peer Support Group

Paddy O’ Donoghue Centre, 18-34 Buckley Street, Noble Park

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 10.30am–12.30pm
Enquiries: 1800 558 268

Nunawading – Grow: Family and Friends Peer Support Group

Mind Nunawading, upstairs at 353 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading

When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: 7–9pm
Enquiries: 1800 558 268

Port Melbourne – Mind Inner South Family and Carer Support Group

Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre, Corner Nott and Liardet Street, Port Melbourne

When: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 6.30–8.30pm
RSVP: Monday to Friday 9.00am–4.45pm
Enquiries: Salma Mahair 9686 4900 or 0419 783 595

Reservoir – Grow: Family and Friends Peer Support Group

Reservoir Neighbourhood House, 2B Cuthbert Road, Reservoir

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
Time: 10am–12pm
Enquiries: 1800 558 268

Ringwood – EACH Partner Support Group

9 Greenwood Avene, Ringwood

When: First Saturday of the month
Time: 1–3pm
Enquiries: 1800 558 268

Ringwood – EACH Carer Support Group

9 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood

A ‘drop in’ open group providing an opportunity for Mental Health Carers living in the eastern suburbs to meet informally on a regular basis. Generally the group is a chat with others in a similar situation over a cuppa, however from time to time there may be a speaker or activity. 

When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Enquiries: Bronwyn 0467 718 262 or Stacey 0477 721 238

South East Melbourne – Wellways: Caring for carers

This group is for carers and family members of someone experiencing mental health or other psychosocial/physical disabilities. The group offers social and emotional support, tips and knowledge, allows the opportunity to share information and ideas, develop coping strategies and make friendships in a supportive and caring environment. More

South Yarra – Bipolar Carers Support Group

Mental Health Foundation, 450/J Chapel St, South Yarra

When: First Monday of the month (commencing December 2017)
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Close family and friends (bipolar carers or caregivers) can be a primary source of support for a person with bipolar disorder. They focus on discussions on how caregivers can take care of themselves, how to deal with bipolar disorder symptoms and the personal impact it has. Monthly meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month. More

Watton Carer Support Group

Shoestring Gardens, 28 Ridge Drive, Wyndham Vale

The Watton Carer Support Group was formed in August 2016 auspiced by Carers Victoria. Their aim is to facilitate support between carers or friends of a family member and raise awareness of carers in the community of Wyndham.
When: Third Tuesday of the month at 10am
Enquiries: Patricia on 0434 487 360 or Priscilla on 0413 071 928.


Rural Victoria

Albury/Wodonga Eating Disorder Carer Support Group

Quest Apartments, Reid Street, Wodonga

When: 3rd Saturday of every month
Time: 10.30–12.30pm
Enquiries: Sue van de Ven 0418 497 503

Barwon Health Carer Support

Barwon Health Carer Support is committed to supporting and maintaining the quality of life of carers and those for whom they care. They provide a range of flexible and innovative support services that respond to the individual needs of carers and the community. The mental health carer support worker assists carers of people with a mental illness to provide short term or occasional flexible respite, including short breaks and outings.

Enquiries: 1800 052 222

Bendigo Family and Friends Discussion Group

When: held one evening every month in Bendigo.
Enquiries: Faye Hayman 5454 7757

Castlemaine Mental Health Carers Group

Carer Support Services, Slater House, Castlemaine

When: One afternoon every month
Enquiries: Bec Patterson 5471 1017

Hamilton Carer Support Group

Commercial Hotel, Lonsdale Street, Hamilton

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 12 noon for lunch
Enquiries: Betti Los  0418 659 672  (Mon–Wed) 

Macedon Ranges – P.S. My family Matters

PS My Family Matters hold a coffee morning for Carers. More

When: Third Wednesday of the month
Time: Morning
Enquiries: Tamara Wilson  0401 042 777 or Chantal Harris  0431 320 031

Maryborough and District Mental Health Carers Support Group

The Community Hub, 48 Burns Street, Maryborough

This group is facilitated by Carers, specifically for Carers of people with mental health challenges.

When: First Tuesday of the month (except November – Second Tuesday due to Cup Day Holiday)
Time: 1–3.30pm
Enquiries: Liz 0428 378 583 or Barb (Mon–Wed) 5342 4342

Mildura – Family & Carer Mental Health Support Group

Mallee Family Care building 122 Ninth Street Mildura

When: Second Tuesday of the month 
Time: 7pm
Enquiries:  Contact Shane Johnston or Suzette Toepfer on 03 5023 5966 or email or

Mornington Peninsula – Peninsula Carer Council: Support meeting

High Street, Frankston

When: Third Monday of the month 
Time: 7.30pm
Enquiries: Aline Burgess 1300 550 962

Mornington Peninsula – Peninsula Carer Council: Drop in and chat morning

Field of Dreams Café, Corner Beach & Royle Streets, Frankston

When: Second Tuesday of the month
Time: 10am–12pm
Enquiries: Aline Burgess 1300 550 962

Mornington Peninsula – Peninsula Carer Council: Call in

Headspace Centre, 62 Playne Street Frankston

When: Every Thursday
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Enquiries: Aline Burgess 1300 550 962

Portland Carer Support Group

Royal Hotel, Percy Street, Portland

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 12 noon for lunch
Enquiries: Betti Los 0418 659 672 (Mon–Wed)

Sunbury Mental Health Carers Group 

33–35 Macedon Street, Sunbury

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 7pm
Enquiries: Bernard Heaney or Debora North 9971 6200 or or

Swan Hill – Carer Support Group

63 Mc Crae Street, Swan Hill

When: Last Wednesday of the month 
Time: 1–3pm
Enquiries: Pina Mancinelli 5032 4479


Carer Support Groups at  Mental Health Services 

Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities (ADEC)

ADEC facilitates mental health support groups for people with mental health challenges, their carers and family members. ADEC is currently running seven mental health/ well-being groups across Northern and Western areas of Melbourne. These groups are language specific and are currently run in five languages (Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Afghan and Somali). They meet monthly and offer culturally appropriate information, education, peer support and recreation sessions. More

Carer Hub

A Carer Hub is a welcoming space for carers to meet with other carers, relax, connect and learn. They are located in Hampton Park, Pakenham and Forest Hill.

Enquiries: 1300 277 478

Eating Disorders Victoria: Family Support Groups

Eating Disorders Victoria provides a number of support groups across Victoria for people with an eating disorder and their families, partners and friends.

Enquiries: Support group locations

Grow Better Together

Grow Better Together encourages and supports caregivers of people experiencing mental illness. It utilises the key elements of the Grow Program, encouraging carers to further develop their own personal resources, friendships and supports to overcome barriers they experience as part of their caring role. 
Enquiries: 1800 558 268 or

MIND Australia (Victoria)

MIND Australia offers a range of support group and carer education programs.

Enquiries: 1300 554 660

Mind Bayside Family and Carer Services
Respite Calendar and Carer Support Groups calendar of events (July 2017 – June 2018)

Pathways for Carers

The Pathway for Carers project offers carers of people with a disability or a mental health issue, an opportunity to share walks in Maroondah and Yarra Ranges with other carers and to learn more about news, services, supports available to carers.

Enquiries: 9239 2500


Wellways Australia Limited is a leading not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation. Their services span mental health, disability and community care, and reach thousands of people each year. They have a wide range of community-based activities and events. 

Enquiries: 1300 111 400


Area Mental Health Services

Carer support groups in the public area mental health services for families and carers of a person who is registered in the service. 

Barwon Health – Mental Health Carers, Family and Friends Education and Peer Support Group

Activities room, Barwon Health Community Health Services, 104–108 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb

When: First Thursday of each month 
Time: 2–4pm
Enquiries: Pamela McIntosh on 4215 2418 or  0437 663 845 or

Barwon Health – Mental Health Carer Drop-In

Activities room, Barwon Health Community Health Services, 104–108 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb

This is a peer managed support group, including some excursion events.

When: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 1–3pm
Enquiries: Pamela McIntosh on 4215 2418 or 0437 663 845 or

Barwon Health – Pharmacy chats

Green Room, Swanston Centre Annex, University Hospital, Myers Street, Geelong

When: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 4–6pm
Enquiries: Pamela McIntosh on 4215 2418 or 0437 663 845 or

Barwon Health – Partnership with Wellways

Regular bus trips, film afternoons and special events such as Christmas in July, wellness afternoons are advertised in their Barwon Health Carer and Family and Friends monthly newsletter.