In our weekly Peer Group Chats, you can chat in real-time with others living with complex mental health issues as well as family, friends and carers. Peer Group Chats are free to attend.
Peer Group Chats focus on a specific topic and are guided by peer workers with lived experience of mental health issues. Counsellors are in the background to make sure chats are as safe as possible for participants.
Our next group chat topic
The desire to be 'normal'
Thursday 31st March, 7 - 8.30pm AEDT
It can be a common experience to feel “I just want to be normal". But what is normal, exactly? And is it really the case that most people actually experience life as what we imagine as ideal or normal? Perhaps our diverse experiences are more normal than we might think? Let's talk about ideas of being 'normal' versus 'different'.
Coping with anxiety
Thursday 7th April, 7 - 8.30pm AEDT
Anxiety is something that many people share when experiencing mental health issues. It can be really challenging to deal with and overwhelming at times especially when you need to be focused on life’s priorities. Let's come together to discuss our lived experiences and strategies for dealing with anxiety. It could be a great time to learn some coping techniques or contribute to someone else's recovery.
Add a question for discussion in our next chat or suggest a future topic
Participate in our Peer Group Chat
Chats take place in the chat box below or for mobiles by clicking the blue speech bubble at the bottom right of your screen. You can only join the chat when it's on, at the specified times above.
To join and comment follow these steps:
- Sign up with a username, email, and password.
- Enter the verification code sent to your email address.
- That’s it! You can start commenting.
To follow the chat but not comment, simply click 'Enter as a guest' and create a username only.
Chats are anonymous, so make sure your username does not identify you in real life.
For any questions about how the chat works including technology issues please check out our Peer Group Chat: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Important: group chats are peer spaces, so if you need one-to-one support please reach out to our counselling support team. In the case that you are at risk we will direct you to crisis services. If there is immediate risk we will work with you to reach out to emergency services.
Read previous Peer Group Chats
You can view the transcripts from past chats. They are full of great information, discussion, and suggestions from others.
Our guidelines are essential to creating a safe online peer space. These guidelines will be reviewed and updated with feedback from group participants. We encourage you to read the guidelines before joining a chat so that you can participate knowing your responsibilities to other group participants and exactly how we create a safe environment for everyone.
Please note that our peer group chat is only available for participants within Australia.
Our guidelines prioritise the following principles, which apply to a participant’s username and comments:
"It was a joy to participate last night and it was interesting and inspiring to hear how others had coped... and promoted self-care for themselves"
"The peer group was really great, and I hope it can be a regular thing!"