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Central Coast ARAFMI (pronounced ah-raff-meis a not-for-profit committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of Central Coast families and carers.

Since 1976 our award-winning organisation has supported the mental health of whole families; individuals, children, parents, grandparents and loved ones.

We recognise the valuable contribution carers of loved ones with a mental illness make in our community, and provide much needed carer counselling, advocacy, support and education groups.

We also support people impacted by mental health issues through facilitating a soft-landing community with social, recreational and education groups (The Trust—Beyond the Stigma and Yakkalla).

Central Coast ARAFMI also supports the Central Coast community through respite accommodation, volunteer programs and other initiatives.

NDIS participants are welcome to participate in our programs, however having a NDIS package is not always a requirement to participate. Participants with support workers or carers are expected to stay together when at Central Coast ARAFMI.


We have a wholistic view of mental health that focuses on the person and the impact of mental health on carers and the family, not just the symptoms or circumstances. 

We aim to provide support to the ‘whole of family’ including:

  • Children and adolescents who have a family member who lives with a mental illness
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren and kinship carers
  • People who live with a mental illness
  • Family and friends of someone who is impacted by mental health issues

 We recognise the lived-experience of people who are impacted by mental health, and acknowledge this as an expertise.

Here at Central Coast ARAFMI, our qualified and lived-experience staff walk alongside individuals and their families impacted by mental illness, providing personalised, flexible support during their mental health journey. 

If you are a carer or on a mental health journey, we welcome you to join our soft-landing, peer-led mental health support programs and community.  We encourage you to be the expert in your own life, and acknowledge that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to your health and wellness journey. 

Support for Carers

We recognise the valuable contribution that carers make to their families, and the broader community.  Our dedicated family support worker provides support through counselling, referrals, support groups and advocacy. Our carer support spans the Central Coast, including Narara, Kincumber and Woy Woy.

Yakkalla Recovery Community

At Yakkalla (Bateau Bay), we offer a range of social, recreational and educational activities in friendly, small group settings. It’s a safe and nurturing way to develop new skills, make friends and connect with others. 

The Trust–Beyond the Stigma

The Trust—Beyond the Stigma (Narara) is a well-being program for people impacted by mental illness. The Trust provides safe spaces and opportunities where people can be their authentic selves, connect with others, and learn new skills in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.


Watch the story below about our approach to the mental health recovery journey, and how our Grandparents program supports grandparents raising their grandchildren across the Central Coast.


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