Support Groups

Many people living with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders find it helpful to meet others with similar experiences. ARCVICs Support Groups will connect you with peers and support you along your recovery journey.    


What are Support Groups? 

ARCVIC’s mutual-self-help model is grounded in hope, optimism, recovery, and supported decision making. Our support groups are entirely free of charge and allow a small group of peers to meet together. All groups are relaxed, understanding, safe, and confidential.  

Support Groups are a space to connect with others, self-reflect, discuss challenges, share experiences and self-help strategies. In many of our groups, there are no set topics, and group discussion is encouraged. Facilitators can also provide psychoeducation and support services. At ARCVIC, we consider lived experience to be paramount, and all participants are provided with a chance to share (if they would like to).  

Please note that our groups are not therapy groups and are best suited to those comfortable in
group environments. 

 

Benefits of Support Groups

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Who runs the Support Groups?

Our support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Our volunteers are often peers who have lived experiences of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders themselves. The role of our volunteers is to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe, to ensure that participants are following the group guidelines, and to keep the conversation flowing smoothly. ARCVIC’s facilitator style allows for the groups to be participant-led, where group members provide each other with support, validation, self-care, and coping strategies.

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2022 Support Groups

We offer online and face to face options to ensure we can support people with differing preferences and needs. Support Groups are run in strict accordance with current COVID-19 government guidelines. If you have any questions or would like further information, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our Helpline on 1300 269 438

We look forward to welcoming you back to our Support Groups in February 2022. Group registrations will open 7 days before the group is scheduled:

Hoarding & Clutter Support Group

The Hoarding & Clutter Support Group provides a safe, confidential space for those with lived experiences of hoarding to connect with and support each other. This group provides an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. Our friendly volunteers are on hand to keep the group running smoothly. 

Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 
Time: 1pm-2.30pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom
Register: Click here to Register 

 

LGBTQIA+ Anxiety Support Group

Please note this Support Group will be running Online (using Zoom) in February. We are hopeful this group will commence face-to-face at the Pride Centre in March. Please check back closer for updated information.

The LGBTQIA+ Anxiety Support Group is an inclusive group that welcomes anyone within the gender and sexually diverse community who experiences anxiety. This group is a safe, confidential, and welcoming space. This group celebrates diversity and connects you with peers. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. This group provides a space for participants to discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. Our friendly volunteers are on hand to keep the group running smoothly. Please note, the volunteers who run this group are LGBTQIA+ peers. 

Date: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 11am-12.30pm 
Venue: Pride Centre, 79/81 Fiztroy St, St Kilda, 3182
Register: Click here to Register 

 

Mindful Moments

The Mindful Moments Support Group is a facilitator-guided mindfulness support group. The facilitator will run 2-3 mindfulness, breathing, or grounding activities throughout the session. There will be opportunities to reflect on the activities, as well as opportunities for casual chats in between activities. This is a great group to attend if you would like ideas on the sorts of practical self-help activities that are out there. 

Date: Weekly on Fridays 
Time: 11am-12pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom 
Register: Click here to Register 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Support Group

The OCD Support Group provides a safe, confidential space for those with lived experiences of obsessive-compulsive disorder to find connection and support each other. This group provides an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. Our friendly volunteers are on hand to keep the group running smoothly. 

Date: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each Month  
Time: 7pm-8pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom 
Register: Click here to Register 

Self-Care Club

The Self Care Club provides a space for participants to chat about anything they wish! This group is welcoming, inclusive and a great start for people wanting to strengthen their social skills and connections with others. As well as social connection, this group discusses and shares activities that preserve and maintain one’s physical, emotional and mental health. It is an opportunity to invest in ourselves and start an ongoing commitment to improve our overall health. The Self-Care Club is also an excellent, calming place for parents and caregivers to have some time to themselves. Facilitators may run mindfulness, grounding, or other self-care activities throughout the group.  

Date: 2nd and 4th Monday of the month 
Time: 7pm-8.30pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom 
Register: Click here to Register 

Social Anxiety Support Group

The Social Anxiety Support Group is a place for those experiencing Social Anxiety to come together and discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. This group does acknowledge that some participants may also wish to only observe. Facilitators may invite group members to participate in self-help activities such as mindfulness, breathing, and grounding. 

Date: 1st Tuesday of the Month 
Time: 7pm-8.30pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom 
Register: Click here to Register 

Sunday Anxiety Support Group

The Sunday Anxiety Support Group is a place for those experiencing Generalised Anxiety to come together and discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. Our friendly facilitators are on hand to keep the group running smoothly.

Date: 1st Sunday of each month 
Time: 11am-12pm 
Venue: Online (using Zoom)
Register: Click here to Register  

Teen Anxiety & OCD Support Group

The Teen Anxiety & OCD Support Group allows young people (between 12-17 years old) who experience anxiety disorders to connect with and support each other. This group is a safe, confidential, and welcoming space. This group allows you to connect with others, self-reflect, discuss challenges, share experiences and self-help strategies. Our friendly facilitators may also run some self-care, self-help, and coping strategies throughout the group. Our aim is that each participant of this group feels empowered and supported in their recovery. Please note, while carers are welcome, this is a group for teens and not parents or caregivers.  

Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 
Time: 7pm-8.30pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom 
Register: Click here to Register 

Thursday Anxiety Support Group

The Thursday Anxiety Support Group is a place for those experiencing Generalised Anxiety to come together and discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. Our friendly facilitators are on hand to keep the group running smoothly.

Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 
Time: 2pm-3pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom 
Register: Click here to Register 

Trichotillomania & Dermotillomania

The Trichotillomania (hair-pulling) and Dermotillomania (skin-picking) Support Group provides a safe, confidential space for individuals experiencing trichotillomania and dermotillomania to connect with and support each other. This group provides an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. The group facilitators may run short activities during the group. 

Date and Time:  
2nd Sunday of the month, Online (Zoom), 12pm-1.30pm 
4th Sunday of the month, Online (Zoom), 11am-12.30pm
Venue: Online (using Zoom) 
Register: Click here to Register 

Tuesday Anxiety Support Group

The Tuesday Anxiety Support Group is a place for those experiencing Generalised Anxiety to come together and discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. Our friendly facilitators are on hand to keep the group running smoothly.

Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 
Time: 7pm-8pm 
Venue: Online using Zoom 
Register: Click here to Register 

Women's Trauma Support Group

The Women's Trauma Support Group provides a safe, confidential space for women with lived experiences of trauma to connect with and support each other. This group provides an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges, self-help ideas, and coping strategies. The group is generally not structured, with participants sharing and discussing their own topics. Our friendly volunteers are on hand to keep the group running smoothly. Sometimes, the group facilitators will run a short mindfulness or grounding activity at the end of the group.

Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 7pm-8pm 
Venue: Online via Zoom
Register: Click here to Register