What we're about

The reason this group exists:

This group provides an opportunity for people who experience anxiety/panic attacks/depression to meet, share and connect.

We endeavour to provide space for members to be themselves, as well as, provide space for members to share their struggles and accomplishments (no matter how big or small).

We aim to hold events that support, educate and gets us social.

A bit about the organisers:


Hey guys :)

After many years unemployed due to my 'illness', I stumbled into working in the mental health sector. I now work as a researcher and educator with a number of government agencies, NGOs and other service providers to advocate for the rights and dignity of people who experience acute mental health distress. My aim is to improve programs and services that enhance service user outcomes.

I also work with people to support them in improving their wellbeing and in participating as active social citizens, in the way they choose, as valued members of society. My work with this Meetup group is an example of this.

We are experts through our experiences, and as such, I use my lived experience of 'diagnosis' and 'treatment' to inform my work. Although its taken longer than usual, I managed to complete a IV honours degree in social science and humanities and am now undertaking a PhD degree in Virtue Ethics and Mental Health Practice. I take a person-led, strengths-based, relational and inclusive approach to advocate for a model of support that places us at the fore of mental health programs and services and challenge mainstream models of services and practice that perpetuate stigma and discrimination.


Hi there!

I experience panic attacks and as a result have seen therapists, psychologists, read several books and vast materials online, practised therapies and techniques to help me along my journey in overcoming some of my everyday worries. I work as an artisan jeweller after leaving a corporate IT profession. Ive learnt a lot about myself and my illness and would love to share my experiences with people in the hope we can learn from each other.

Additional notes about the group:

* This group is not meant to replace any medical services, or other treatments, you are receiving. It is purely for support and educational purposes only.

* We aspire to create a safe, casual and welcoming space. Please let us know how we can do that for you. Anyone wanting a phone call or a one-on-one meeting before thinking of turning up to a group event can contact any of the organisers on Meetup's messaging page to request one.

* This is an open group and members are welcome to bring friends/family members.

* We don't get upset if you don't turn up to an event. We take RSVP as an indicator, not a commitment by you. Please feel free to RSVP and not show, or show up without RSVPing.

* We encourage participation in this group, including sharing information through the discussion forum, hosting your own Meetup events or posting suggestions.

* Offers by members to step up as organisers, or to assist in paying for the annual Meetup fee, are welcome.

Upcoming events (5+)

Crafternoon - Casual Hang Out in an Art Studio

Ability Options

I work part-time at an art studio for people with disabilities like anxiety and panic attacks, and part of my job is to encourage people like me to come and enjoy our art studio space! It's usually completely empty, so it would be wonderful to have people like you to come in and enjoy it. I'm creating this first event as a test to see if anyone would like to come, and will create more in future if anyone would enjoy it. You don't even have to be an artist, you can just bring a colouring book and chill out if you like, no pressure! The goal is social inclusion for people like us, to help our mental well being. So I'd love to invite anyone in here who has creative interests to come in and use the space while I work here for: - Art - Writing - Photography - Video - etc We have big tables, lots of chairs, easels, and feel free to BYO art supplies or request if we have anything you might need to work with! We have lots of textas, paints, charcoal, pencils, etc. The basic art studio stuff. Our studio is fully accessible, with a lift, access bathrooms, a kitchen with a fridge and microwave, and is located in an Ability Options office building, one block from Seven Hills station. The walk from the station is flat, the station has lifts, and there are usually taxis waiting there (or uber) if you need help to get here.

Life Drawing Class

Front Up Art Studio Hub

Come along and Join beginner and advanced Artists for a life drawing workshop at the Front Up Studio Hub at Seven Hills, led by Artist Rosalind Stanley. Working from a live nude model, we will be drawing a series of short warm-up poses, followed by some longer ones. Some easels, drawing boards, butcher paper and charcoal will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own materials. Some light refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 6pm Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/life-drawing-class-last-thursday-of-every-month-tickets-64411337043?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing Car parking available at the back and the front of Ability Options building. Close to seven Hills train station. Please enter via the back entrance building at Bassell Lane.

Alternative to Suicide Support Group

228 Illawarra Rd

A new, safe and casual peer-led support group for people who are or have experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviours. Come and share your experiences and other forms of emotional distress without fear of judgment. We aim to listen, share, learn from each other, inspire and won't try and 'fix' or diagnose you. This is a non-medical space, there are no pre-requisites to participate (such as current contact with mental health services). And you can attend even if you don't have a current 'crisis' - all who have experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviours are welcome. The only one of its kind in Sydney, this support group is run by people who have experienced suicidal thoughts and/or actions. Hosted by Off The Wall, this group will be run fortnightly between 6.30 to 8pm at Marrickville's Frontyard Projects -- 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville 2204 (7 min walk to Marrickville Station). For further information, please visit: http://www.offthewall.net.au

Group Support

Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre

Join us at Bankstown for our monthly anxiety support group meeting. This is a joint event with WayAhead (NSW Mental Health Association) and is held on the first Monday of every month (except for January) from 3pm to 5pm at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre. Tea and coffee provided. ----------------------------------------------------------- Bankstown too far? To see which location has a support group closest to you, visit: http://understandinganxiety.wayahead.org.au/support/support-groups/ ----------------------------------------------------------- When you enter the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre building, head upstairs to Lansdowne Room (1 or 2) above Bryan Brown Theatre. An elevator is available. Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre is located at the corner of Rickard and Chapl roads Bankstown. It is a 5min walk from Bankstown Station and Bankstown Bus Interchange. It is also only minutes away from Bankstown Centro and has cafes and parks just outside. There is free underground parking (entry via Rickard Rd). More info about Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre can be found here: http://www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au/index.aspx?nid=582 For more information about the event or just to see if this group is right for you, please call me on[masked] or message me via Meetup.

Past events (279)

Alternative to Suicide Support Group

228 Illawarra Rd

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