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Workshops
Arafmi Queensland provides workshops to learn, develop and practice skills in Communication, Boundary Setting, Coping and many other areas for Mental Health Carers.
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Donate
Individuals and organisations can support the work of Mental Health Carers Arafmi Queensland through sponsorships, bequests and donations.

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Publications
See our list of resources available to assist carers
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Our History

Mental Health Carers Arafmi Queensland is a uniquely carer-based organisation formed by families who experience the loss, loneliness, stigma and isolation of caring for loved ones with serious mental illness.

The first Arafmi group in Queensland commenced in 1976 when a young social worker based at Stones Corner Community Mental Health Service saw a need for families of his clients to have an opportunity to discuss their common issues and to share their experiences as carers of family members with a serious mental health issue. Once the group was formed they began the process of listening to each other’s stories and working through their pain together. For many, it was the first time they became aware that they were not alone.

In 1977, the group took on a formal name – Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill or Arafmi as it became known. By 1981 the group adopted formal rules for their meetings. Later a Management Committee was formed and in 1986 the group became incorporated under the name of Arafmi Brisbane Inc. (becoming Arafmi Queensland Inc. in 2000).

The translation - Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill is no longer used and Arafmi is written in lower case with the words - Mental Health Carers - added to provide a brief explanation of Arafmi’s focus on carers and mental health - as opposed to mental illness.

Arafmi’s specialty focus on mental health carers and mental health has created a depth of knowledge and range of specialty resources within the sector that is unequalled by the generalist organisations.


 

Find a Support Group

Support groups are located in various areas of Brisbane and regional areas of the State

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Attend a Workshop that suits your needs

Monthly Mental Health Carer workshops on a broad range of issues including carer coping skills, setting boundaries and communication are held in New Farm

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Donate

Individuals and organisations can support the work of Mental Health Carers Arafmi Queensland through sponsorships, bequests and donations.

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