What's for lunch?
12:00 PM12:00

What's for lunch?

$10 lunch @ Collegians Club

This group is available to carers who may like to socialise and connect with other carers in a social setting.  These venues change monthly, contact us for details on on 02 42833 499 or 02 42833 993 or send a text message to 0430 570 702 with your name and number. 

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What's for dinner?
6:30 PM18:30

What's for dinner?

Thursday 28th @ 6.30pm

Carers Social Event (DINNER)

2 for 1 dinner @ (Oscars Grill Towradgi Beach Hotel)

This group is available to carers who may like to socialise and connect with other carers in a social setting. These venues change monthly, contact us for details on 02 42833 499 or 02 42833 993 or send a text message to 0430 570 702 with your name and number. 

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10:30 AM10:30

See Change Program

See Change is a six-session program for families impacted by a loved one's substance use and/or mental health issues.

See Change covers the following:

- Information on mental health issues, drug dependency and recovery

- The impact of these issues on families

- Understanding the process of change

- Strategies for reclaiming your life

- Tools for enhancing personal and family wellbeing

Please see attached flyer and encourage any families you are in contact with to register

For more information or to register please contact the FFP on (02) 42291079

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6:30 PM18:30


Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Illawarra is hosting a community awareness session next Thursday evening for carers and families at 6.30pm.


This information session will be highlighting a new program to support people who have attempted suicide or may be at risk of suicide, it is funded by the Ministry of Health


Next Steps

Aftercare Service

Who is it for?

Next Steps is a service for those who have attempted suicide or at risk of doing so. It also includes a range of options for those supporting people in  these situations.



When: Thursday 16th November

Where: South Coast Private Hospital, Hyams Room ground floor

Time: 6.30pm

RSVP Essential: 42541699



If you are interested in attending please register by phoning ARAFMI on 42541699.

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6:00 PM18:00

Medications and Distress

ARAFMI Illawarra welcomes Dr Al Griskaitis from South Coast Private Hospital to talk on an important topic "Medications and Distress" Dr Al is a Psychiatrist who works at the Wollongong Clinic at South Coast Private Hospital in Wollongong. Dr Al Specialises in the clinical treatments and areas of; Anxiety Disorder, Distress, OCD and Depression.

Dr Al will focus on;

  • Other ways to treat distress than medications

  • When is it necessary to take medications

  • Q & A time

Please call ARAFMI Illawarra to register your interest and attendance on 4254 1699


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6:03 PM18:03

Aromatherapy Workshop for Carers

Come and join us for another fabulous workshop that is sure to awaken your senses! Kim will be teaching us to make our own products and the benefits of aromatherapy in our everyday lives.

The workshop is free of charge and you will receive one product you have created to take home. (Additional products can be made or purchased for a small fee).

When: Thursday 23 March, 2017

Venue: South Coast Private Hospital

112 Burelli Street, Wollongong

6.30pm to 8.30pm

For More information or to register for this or other activities please contact ARAFMI on 4254 1699 or arafmi_admin@bigpond.com.au click Here for flyer



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6:30 PM18:30

Carer Social Groups

Thursday 23/2/2017@ 6:30pm
Mexican Night
Come and join us for a Mexican night out at Wonoona Bulli RSL..
Venue: The Brassier at Woonona Bulli RSL
455 princess Highway, Woonona NSW 2517
Cost: $5 per person


To Register for this outing please call Sarah on 42541699

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10:30 AM10:30

Carer Social Groups

Carers are invited to join us at this new community space at the Woolshed , Yallah.
It has been restored to include an excellent Café and Restaurant with rave re-views. Well worth the drive.
Venue: The Woolshed, 601 Princes Hwy, Yallah NSW 2530
Cost: Free

To register for this Morning Tea please contact Sarah at ARAFMI on 42541699 flyer here

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to Jan 31

Me and My Relationships

What is it? A 12 week group program aims to assist carers to overcome interpersonal problems and build stronger and healthier relationships with others. Participants in this program will learn a range of skills that can increase their capacity and willingness to experience rather than avoid unpleasant thoughts and emotions, in order to experience healthier relationships and live life in the way that they value.

Who is this program suited for? This program is suited to anyone who experiences ongoing difficulties and distress related to their caring role, for example those experiencing strong emotions or using unhelpful coping strategies.

What does it involve? Education and skill building. There are set topics that will be covered each week & particular activities we will do. Me and My Relationships

Venue: ARAFMI Illawarra, 1 Atchison Street Wollongong When: Held periodically throughout the year. Contact Elly to register your interest for the next group. For more information and to register for this group please contact ARAFMI Illawarra on 42541699 or arafmi_admin@bigpond.com


Flyer here

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11:00 AM11:00

Family Connections Programme

National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder AUSTRALIA and ARAFMI ILLAWARA

A 12-week Free Program *Education *Skills *Resources *Support to provide the foundation for a better understanding of this complex disorder The Family Connections program is designed to provide parents, spouses, adult children, and siblings the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own wellbeing in living with a relative with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The program also helps those relatives build a support network with other individuals with a relative with BPD. FRAMEWORK of PROGRAM The course content of Family Connections was developed by two practicing clinician / researchers and modified in consultation with family members and consumers. The format of the sessions allows group participants to obtain the latest information about the disorder, acquire and practice skills, and enjoy an open and supportive forum for discussion. The program combines the real-life experiences and needs of families of persons with BPD with the expertise of more than two decades of professional work with families. Group leaders, who are family members or clinicians, have extensive personal experience in this area and have taken an intensive leader training course to give them the tools to disseminate information and teach the key skills of the program. 

COURSE CONTENT Series offers * Education on BPD * Research on BPD * Skills training based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in a supportive group environment * Application and practice of skills * Development of a support network Topics addressed * Education and Research on BPD * Family Perspectives and Experiences * Relationship Mindfulness Skills * Family Environment Skills * Effective Communication Skills * Validation Skills * Problem Management Skills


Contact ARAFMI Illawarra for the dates of next program starting date on 42 54 1699

If you would like to register for the Family ConnectionsTM program, please fill out the form at http://www.bpdaustralia.com/familyconnections-1/ 


Flyer here

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to Jan 31

Carers Social Recreation Programme

ARAFMI Illawarra has been fortunate enough to receive funding to facilitate a new Carer Recreation Programme. This is a wonderful opportunity for Carers caring for someone living with a mental illness to get together through Social Connectedness, Coffee, Lunch and / or activities.

The programme is social based giving carers and opportunity to:

Form new friendships. Have some ‘Me” time to care for your own social and emotional wellbeing.

Meet other carers to share stories and experiences as your role as a carer. Be repaid for your invaluable contribution to the community.

Enjoy free or discounted meals and activities.


Funding has been granted through club grants NSW from the following Clubs and we will utilise their restaurants and facilities throughout the Program to thank them for their valuable support: Berkeley Sports and Social Club, Collegians Club Wollongong, Dapto Leagues Club, Illawarra Leagues Club and Woonona Bulli RSL Club.

If you would like to register your interest please email Sarah at arafmi_admin@bigpond.com.

Or Call on 42541699 - We look forward to hearing from you!

Flyer here

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to Jan 31

Social Group - Coffee, Cake and Chat

The Three C’s Group for Carers—Coffee - Cake n Chat A social group for carers who support a friend or family member living with a mental illness, who want to meet other carers for a coffee and chat.

This group is about friendship, peer support and understanding.

This group is on the first Wednesday of every month. 10am—12pm

Please call us to register your interest for this group, so we can keep you updated on venues and changes. Phone; 4254 1699

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6:00 PM18:00

Trivia Night

ARAFMI's Trivia Night

At Illawarra Leagues Club

Compeer: Dave Gorr

Cost is $15 per head

Please call 42541699 to register your seat or table

All money raised goes to mental health carers ARAFMI Illawarra for their carer support groups and other programs

Original flyer available here

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9:30 AM09:30

Walk of Pride

It's time for Wollongong's fourth Walk of Pride

The Walk of Pride is about compassion, hope and pride. We would like to see the community come together and find acceptance and understanding as mental illness touches all of our lives in one way or another. Bring your bells, drums, whistles and make some noise as we march with our banners held high!

Thursday 13th October 2016 Meeting outside the IPac Theatre, Civic Plaza Burelli Street Wollongong at 9.30am

Sponsored by Bendigo Bank (Fairy Meadow)

See the flyer here

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9:15 AM09:15

Staying Connected When Emotions Run Hight

Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Clinical Coordinator)

Family and Carer mental health program, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District  presents:

An intervention for families and carers

"Staying Connected When Emotions Run High"

Proudly Sponsored by Aftercare FACES

 This is a FREE workshop for anyone experiencing any of the following:

  • Has relationship difficulties
  • Demonstrates changing emotions and strong overwhelming feelings
  • Displays impulsive and destructive behaviour
  • Has a diagnosis of personality disorder or related conditions

Places are limited, morning tea will be provided

Please RSVP to FACES Wollongong team - Kim or Catherine

kim.gadd@aftercare.com.au  or  catherine.wotherspoon@aftercare.com.au

or phone 4229 7254

For more information please see the flyer here

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to Aug 31

New Research

A study is being conducted at The University of Newcastle that hopes to gain a better understanding of adults who self harmed when they were adolescents.

ARAFMI NSW and the Illawarra sub-branch is assisting the researchers to distribute their online survey via their website and various forms of social media.

If you think you fit the profile, please click on the following link:


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10:00 AM10:00

Responding to risk of suicide for carers and family members

Responding to Risk of Suicide for Carers and Family members


The 4 R’s: Recognise the signs - Respond - Resources - Resilience –Developing a safe plan

This training aims to provide a guideline on how to identify a person at risk of suicide, how to approach the subject of suicide and ask relevant questions, how to support them to seek appropriate assistance and how to identify relevant resources through the use of a plan of action in response to their distress. 

Venue: Venue to be Confirmed

Cost: $25.00 per person

Bookings Essential

See the flyer here

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10:00 AM10:00

Mental Health First Aid Training

Want to help the mental health of your community?

Attend a 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Course This course teaches first aid skills for adult members of the public to give initial help to adults experiencing mental health problems, in a mental health crisis situation, or in the early stages of a mental illness.

Where: Wollongong - Venue to be confirmed

When: Friday 24th June and Friday 1st of July, 10am-4pm

Instructor(s): Suzanne Freund (Master instructor)

Cost: $100 for community and organisations, $50 for carers

If you’re interested in attending this 12-hour SMHFA course, please contact:

Contact name: Kelly Parrish - ARAFMI Illawarra

Phone: 42541699

Email: arafmi_i@bigpond.net.au

Please see the flyer here for more information

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to Dec 20

Carer Support Group "My sanctuary" for Carers of family members and friends living with BPD and other Personality Disorders

"My Sanctuary" Support group for family members and carers of people living with BPD or personalty disorder traits. This Group is held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 5.30 -7.30pm. This group is held on the Ground floor of South Coast Private Hospital in the Hyams Room. Registration is essential by phoning ARAFMI Illawarra on 4254 1699

My Sanctuary Support Group for Carers 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month call 42541699




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