ARCVic specialises in support, information, educational and recovery services for people and families affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), OCD spectrum disorders including trichotillomania and body dysmorphic disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, specific phobias, stress disorders, and childhood specific anxiety problems such as separation anxiety and school refusal. ARCVic has extensive specialist expertise in the area of OCD, and also has an important secondary focus in a range of related mental health disorders such as depression, trauma related stress.

Support Groups

Support Groups provide an opportunity for people to help one another, understand their anxiety disorder and the recovery process.

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Helpline

OCD and Anxiety Helpline (1300 269 438 or 03 9830 0533). If you are having trouble reaching us, you can also try our direct helpline number (03) 9108 7383.

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Education Seminars

ARCVic is committed to providing information to those most in need at the lowest cost possible and in some instances our seminars are free.

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Donations

Many of ARCVic's services are provided free of charge and we hope to keep our services as cost free as possible.

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Library

The Anxiety Recovery Centre library is located at our new offices: 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills.

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Support Groups

Support Groups provide an opportunity for people to help one another, understand their anxiety disorder and the recovery process.

We are having to adapt in ways that are completely new, and the unfamiliarity of this can bring anxiety for all of us. Each new day brings new guidelines and conditions however please remember that which has come to isolate us can also unites us.

At a time when we are having to physically distance ourselves from one another it is also a time to ensure we don’t emotionally disconnect, let our voices do the work, reach out through the distance and uncertainty of it all and let our human kindness and compassion do its job.

We are vulnerable together, anxious together, sad together, scared together and hopeful to see a way through this time together.

The online zoom support groups will provide an avenue for us to share our concerns or worries, hope, motivations and our journey in a safe, supportive environment.

DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID COMMUNITY TRANSMISSIONS, WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT TO DEFER ALL FACE TO FACE SUPPORT GROUPS UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE.

ARCVic also want to take certain precautions to protect our volunteers, staff and community members.

Please find below two video's on a 'Demonstration of what an ARCVic ZOOM Support Group looks like' and 'How to register for an ARCVic Zoom Support Group

 

Technical issues:  We suggest that participants log into the zoom link 10 minutes before the meeting and check to make sure that their video and microphones are working and that they are using headphones.

Please see the following docs to give you information on how our zoom groups operate:
ARCVic’s Online Support Group Etiquette
ARCVic’s Online Support Group Guidelines

Please also find the emergency numbers information if you need further supports:
Emergency Numbers Sheet

Click the location name to get address and meeting time details.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MEETUP AND FACEBOOK EVENTS ARE FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. You will need to refer to the BOOKING FOR EVENTS setion on our website to book for our online zoom support groups: https://www.arcvic.org.au/community-education/online-support-group-bookings.

PLEASE NOTE THAT GROUP REGISTRATIONS WILL CLOSE ONE HOUR BEFORE THE GROUP STARTS. IF NO REGISTRATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE AN HOUR BEFORE THE GROUPS STARTS - THE GROUP WILL NOT GO AHEAD.

GROUPSDATES AND TIMES
 GENERAL ANXIETY ZOOM ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

2nd and 4th Tuesday's Monthly - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

1st and 3rd Wednesday's Monthly - 2.00pm to 3.00pm

1st and 3rd Sunday's Monthly - 11.00am to 12.00pm

SPECILIASED ANXIETY ZOOM ONLINE

SUPPORT GROUPS

Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling) & Dermatillomania (Skin Picking)

2nd and 4th Sunday's Monthly - 11.00am to 12.30pm

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

2nd and 4th Wedneday's Monthly - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Hoarding, Clutter and Squalor

 2nd  and 4th Tuesday's Monthly - 12.00am to 1.00pm

LGBTQIA+

 1st and 3rd Monday's Monthly - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Social Anxiety


 1st and 3rd Tueday's Monthly - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Wellbeing

2nd and 4th Monday's Monthly - 2.00pm to 3.00pm


Women's Childhood Trauma 

1st and 3rd Wendnesday's Monthly - 7.00pm to 8.00pm 
Parent's

1st and 3rd Monday's Monthly - 1.30pm to 2.30pm

International University 

 2nd Monday's Monthly - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Mindful Moments

 Weekly on Friday's from 11.00am to 12.00pm
Coffee Club Casual Chats   Weekly on Wednesday's from 10.30am to 11.30am

 

IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY REGISTERING FOR THE ARCVic SUPPORT GROUPS – PLEASE EMAIL RASPAL KHUMRA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call our helpline 98300533 where they can send you an email with the zoom link, meeting ID and password for the support online group you are interested in.

If you have any concerns or questions, please free to call the helpline 98300533 or reach out using our webchat which will be available from Monday to Friday 10am to 8.30pm.

DISCLAIMER

ARCVic provides this online service as a form of peer support. It is understood that it does not completely substitute for face to face interaction. Given the mode of service and the fact that it is dependent on individual devices ARCVic cannot ensure quality of transmission or connection. The intent is to provide for a form of contact and personal communication within the limits of the technology.