(02) 4323 7731 info@ccarafmi.org.au

Central Coast ARAFMI will be closed 23 December 2021 – 4 January 2022. Wishing you a safe and happy new year.

Please remember, if you are in crisis, support is available at Lifeline (24 hours/ 7 days a week) phone 13 11 14 | Open Lifeline online chat. 

Mental Health Line (24 hours/ 7 days a week): Phone 1800 011 51.

Click here to open a full list of Central Coast support resources.

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

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 serves the Central Coast community through respite accommodation, student and 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.

SUPPORTING ‘WHOLE OF FAMILY’

We have a holistic view of mental health. This means we focus on the person and the impact that mental illness and trauma has on carers and the family, not just the symptoms or circumstances.

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

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

EXPERIENCE OF LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH 

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

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. 

Here at Central Coast ARAFMI, our qualified carer and mental health lived-experience staff walk alongside individuals and their families, 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.  

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.

ACTIVITY PLANNERS AND GROUP DATES

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.

CONTACT US

For more information about Central Coast ARAFMI,
or to find out how we can help you or your family,
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Help us support whole families on the Central Coast impacted by mental illness.