Welcome to Self Help Queensland

We help people to join and run support groups. There are a huge variety of groups – on-line or meeting over coffee, many people or only a few members. They are also called self-help groups, patient organisations and peer support groups.

First of all here are the emergency numbers you may need in Queensland.

If you have an Emergency please contact 000
For support with a personal crisis 24/7, call Lifeline
13 11 14.

In Queensland, 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) provides health advice from a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medicines Line (1300 633 424) operates 9-5 Mon-Fri for any questions about medicine. If you have any kind of symptoms (including coronavirus) and you’re not sure what’s causing them but you don’t know if you should see a doctor, you can try the Australian symptom checker.

How can a support group help?

People support each other in groups

A self-help group can help you connect with with people who share your experiences or interest in an issue or condition.

People in groups support each other in a whole range of practical and emotional ways.

  • You can share personal experiences and feelings with people face the same issues
  • You can share useful strategies and information with people who share your journey
  • You learn from guest speakers and specialist presenters
  • Some groups put work into lobbying government, public education or research.

It doesn’t matter if your issues are physical, psychological, social, emotional or medical we can help you find a support group that can help you. There are support groups for carers and families as well. Search our directory

Benefits of going to a support group include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Reducing distress, depression, burnout, anxiety or fatigue
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Improving skills to cope with challenges and developing communication and groups skills
  • Staying motivated to manage chronic conditions or stick to treatment plans
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
  • Being part of a community and making friends.

At a support group, you will find people coping with the same issues that you are. Support group members share their stories, struggles and tips with each other to work together to improve their well-being.

Joining a group

  • To find a group search our directory of support groups
  • If you can’t find who you need please contact us for help. We will get back to you with information about relevant groups near you or online.
  • Contact the group – you will find contact details with the listing. Groups are always happy to meet new people.
  • It’s OK to be nervous about your first contacts with a new group, most group members remember when they were new and how to support you.
  • Some groups are happy for people just to pop in and others like to talk with you first, it’s always good to check with the group if you can.
  • Groups are often free to attend, but sometimes charge a small membership fee or need a small amount to help with costs.
  • SHQ can’t endorse or recommend any particular group. Your choice is a very individual thing, if you have any feedback, positive or negative, it would be great if you could let us know.

Other supports and services

Support groups are a useful way of getting help and support but there are many other resources that people use as well.

This is an up to date list of other directories that may help you to find help or information.

Our Directory of Directories – for other types of support

Ask Izzy

When you’re looking for support, Ask Izzy can help you to find the services you need, now and nearby. It is free and anonymous, and you can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and a whole lot more. If you’re on the Telstra mobile network, you can access Ask Izzy even if you don’t have credit.


The directory provides up-to-date information for community organisations who provide services within Queensland. https://www.mycommunitydirectory.com.au/Queensland


The directory provides up-to-date information for community organisations who provide services within Queensland. https://www.mycommunitydirectory.com.au/Queensland



With over 48,000 listings, the oneplace Community Services Directory is an easily accessible online directory for Queensland parents, carers, families and professionals looking to find support https://www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/families-communities/oneplace


State and territory government directories. Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria . https://www.directory.gov.au/


The Queensland Government funds more than 100 neighbourhood and community centres which provide friendly, localised access to child, family and community services. There are centres in rural, remote and urban communities throughout Queensland. https://www.qld.gov.au/community/your-home-community/groups-in-your-community/neighbourhood-community-centres


Are you looking for a culturally and linguistically diverse community organisation?https://www.qld.gov.au/community/your-home-community/groups-in-your-community/multicultural-resource-directory


Community groups help people get together for a common purpose or to share an interest. The group may provide support for its members, or for others in their local community. to find a community group or organisation near you https://www.qld.gov.au/community/your-home-community/groups-in-your-community/groups

Clearing houses and Directories of Self Help and Support Groups


Queensland Australia


Self Help Queensland Inc (SHQ) is a not for profit community organisation formed in 1983. Our aim is to support people in taking responsibility for improving their own health and well-being. We do this by carrying out a range of activities that help establish, develop, promote and sustain Self Help and Support Groups in Queensland


Australian Capital Territory


SHOUT has built this directory to provide an easy reference for individuals, families and carers to find self-help and support groups, community groups, health professionals and organisations.


Victoria Australia


COSHG is a network of self-help and social action groups. These groups are made up of and controlled by people who are directly affected by a particular issue.


Western Australia


ConnectGroups aims to help people help each other by providing Self Help and Support Groups with; Links to community networks and information, Assistance with group development and management, Support with community resources and services, Individual and group skills training.