Children’s Support Groups

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Children are sensitive to trauma, family violence and other issues. We support children by connecting them with other young people who share similar experiences.

Children’s Support Groups

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Supporting kids

Children are highly sensitive, and can be affected by traumatic childhood events later in life. It’s important to give them the support needed to overcome personal challenges that arise during disruptive times such as separation or divorce.

Family Life provides children’s support groups that can help your child better manage their emotions. Whether it’s anxiety, loss of confidence or communication skills, our group sessions provide a safe environment with our trained practitioners for your child to talk to other kids and reassure them that they are not alone. Group formats vary, with activities such as art therapy or dialogue via puppets, all designed to assist children to develop strategies for coping with stressful situations and improving your child’s self-confidence.

Peer Support Groups

CHAMPS and Space4Us are peer support groups for children and young people who have a parent, carer or family member living with mental health challenges either in the home or in their family network. The groups run for 6 weeks and are free to participants living in the Bayside Peninsula area. The groups are facilitated by Family Life practitioners in partnership with Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI).

The program aims to give children and young people opportunities to:

  • meet others with similar experiences
  • receive information and support
  • learn about healthy coping strategies
  • talk about mental health
  • have fun with games and activities

CHAMPS Club may concurrently run with a program for parents/carers.

Upcoming Groups


Where: Highett Community Centre, 2 Livingston Street, Highett
When: 6 sessions, Tuesdays after school weekly from 24 May 2022 to 28 June 2022.
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm.
Suitable for: 8-12 year olds who have a parent/s living with mental health challenges.

For more information or to express interest: please email champs@familylife.com.au or call Family Life on 03 8599 5433.
CHAMPS Club is a free program. Bookings essential.


Space4Us is for young people aged 12-18 years. The next group dates are to be confirmed.

For more information or to express interest, please email space4us@familylife.com.au.


Accessing other children’s support groups

Family Life runs different groups throughout the term and during school holidays. The best way to find out about these programs is to contact us on (03) 8599 5433 or send through an email to info@familylife.com.au.

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