Support Groups

Support Groups run across the Hunter Region from Morisset in the South, North to the Upper Hunter, including greater Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, the lower and mid Hunter communities. Most groups meet monthly, either of an evening or during the day.

There are many benefits to be gained from attending a support group, including socialisation, education and mutual support for both consumers (people living with mental illness) and carers of people living with mental illness. The Sunflower Centre also runs support groups for specialist groups, including forensic mental health consumers and adolescents.

Current Support Group 

Support Group Name 


For Who

When is it Held


Brief Description / Further Information

Breaking the Ice Sunflower Centre 
2 Union Street Newcastle West 

Consumers and Carers 2nd Monday of the Month  11:00am to 12:00pm For people new to support groups or who don't like big groups 
Cessnock Mental Health Support Group 

Cessnock Supporters Club 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock  Consumers and Carers 1st Monday of the Month  7:00pm to 9:30pm Dinner can be obtained prior to the meeting in the Bistro from 6:00pm 
Forensic Mental Health Support Group 

 Kestrel Unit
Morisset Hospital
Consumers Only  2nd Friday of the Month  2:00pm to 3:00pm   Only open to Forensic Mental Health Consumers
Greta/Branxton Support Group Royal Federal Hotel
New England Highway Branxton 

Consumers and Carers  3rd Monday of the Month 11:00am to 12:00pm  Lunch can be obtained from the bistro following the meeting 
Hearing Voices Support Group  Sunflower Centre     
2 Union Street Newcastle West 

 Consumers Fridays, Fortnightly   2:30pm to 3:3pm  Contact Sunflower Centre for more informaton 
Morisset Hospital Social BBQ The Hub, Willaroo
Morisset Hospital 

Consumers and Carers  4th Sunday of the Month  11:30am to 2:00pm  Carers/family members must seek prior approval to attend 
Newcastle Support Group Joy Cummings Centre
Cnr Scott and Pacific Streets

Consumers and Carers 3rd Monday of the Month  7:30pm to 9:30pm Dinner can be obtained prior to the meeting at the Newcastle Leagues Club
Nexus 'Sunflower' Group Nexus Unit
John Hunter Hospital 

Consumers  Every Thursday  3:00pm to 5:00pm   Open to inpatients of the NEXUS Unit
 Singleton Support Group Uniting Church Hall
1 Church Street, Singleton 

Consumers and Carers  Last Friday of the Month  12:00pm to 2:00pm   
Taree Support Group  Amber House
Consumers  1st and 3rd Fridays of the Month 
5:00pm to 7:00pm   

For more information please contact the Sunflower Centre