We are here for families and individuals impacted by mental health issues

Our award-winning organisation is committed to supporting the mental health of whole families including individuals, children, parents, grandparents and loved ones.

We value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.

We offer a soft-landing community, and participant-designed, social, recreational and educational groups and activities. We also provide support, carer advocacy, and mental health referral services.

We also support mental health and wellness on the Central Coast through respite accommodation, volunteer/student placement programs and other initiatives.

Supporting carers, individual and families

If you are a carer for someone impacted by mental illness or trauma, our dedicated carer support worker is here for you. Book a 1:1 session, or join one of our welcoming carer support and education groups. Learn about our Carer and Family Support program here.

“I feel included and accepted in this safe and respectful space where I can just be who I am.” Christine

If you are personally impacted by mental health issues, we welcome you to join Yakkalla (Bateau Bay) and The TrustBeyond the Stigma (Narara).

The Trust gave my a support network and direction.” Jack

Yakkalla and The Trust are safe spaces where you can connect with others, learn new skills in supportive, non-judgemental environments. Join in creativity, wellness, living-skills, education, social groups and activities.

“Real people supporting real people.” Anon

Younger Onset Dementia Social Club (YODSS) located at Bateau Bay, is a welcoming and supportive social club where people who are experiencing younger onset dementia, and their loved ones, can relax with a cuppa, connect and have a laugh in the company of new friends.

NDIS participants are welcome to participate in our programs.

Get involved. Be supported.

About us

Central Coast ARAFMI (Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill; pronounced ah-raff-me) was formed in 1976.

We recognise the valuable contribution that carers of loved one’s living with a mental illness make in our community.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land we work on and pays its respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

How you can help

We welcome donations and fundraising to help support Central Coast families and individuals impacted by mental health. Get in touch to learn more.

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