Families and Children

Understanding Depression and Anxiety

Tips for carers for Navigating the Journey

Please join Layla Weiss and Toni Garretty from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Mental Health service for an evidence-based education session.

Supporting someone with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety can be stressful, challenging, and overwhelming!

This workshop will provide you with knowledge and tools in supporting your person during the different stages of their illness, including some helpful communication strategies.

Wednesday 22nd June 2022
10am-3pm (Please arrive for 9:30am for a 10am start)
Port Kembla Golf Club, Golf Place Primbee

Registrations are essential!

Email: familyandcarer@stride.com.au
Phone: (02) 4229 7254

Attendees will also receive coaching in developing a practical guide to implement during times of crisis to optimise your confidence and reduce risk for your person.

Stepping Forward Workshop

Stride Mental Health in collaboration with Family Drug Support, presents:
‘Stepping Forward’

  • Do you care for a loved one with a Mental Health concern?
  • Is someone in your family using drugs and/or alcohol?
  • Are you looking for practical down to earth information and support?

Please join us for a one-day program providing clear and practical information, a safe place to share and feel supported.

Friday 10th June 2022
(Please arrive from 10am for a 10:30am start)
Wests Unanderra, 1 Hargreaves St Unanderra

Registrations are essential!

Email: familyandcarer@stride.com.au
Phone: (02) 4229 7254

Support Groups

Wednesday 1st June 2022
10am-12pm at Thirroul Community Centre
352/360 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul

Wollongong Evening
Wednesday 8th June 2022
5:30pm-7:30pm at Wollongong Stride Office
U2, 36-42 Auburn Street Wollongong

Thursday 23rd June 2022
1pm-3pm at Warilla Community Centre
69 Benaud Cres, Warilla (Guest Speaker)

Thursday 9th June 2022
10am-12pm at Nowra Stride Office
52a Worrigee St, Nowra

Friday 17th June 2022
10:30am-12:30pm at Ulladulla Civic Centre
Princes Highway, Ulladulla

Tuesday 28th June 2022
10am-12pm at Joyce Wheatley Community Centre
Terralong Street, Kiama

Eating Disorder Carers Support Group

A safe space to discuss your experiences of caring for someone with an eating disorder. Come and be support around specific challenges you face, focusing on your health, wellbeing, and

Wednesday 8th June 2022
9:30am-11:30am at the Wollongong Stride Office
U2, 36-42 Auburn St, Wollongong

Bernadette Robinson – The Songs of Judy Garland

Join Stride in experiencing the extraordinary life of Judy Garland at a performance of classical songs with quintessential Old Hollywood Glamour.

The songs of Judy Garland will be a moving, funny, and unique performance by Bernadette Robinson.

Monday 20th June 2022
10am – 12:30pm
(Please arrive by 10am for morning tea, followed by the performance beginning at 11am)
Merrigong Theatre Company, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong

The performance running time is approximately 1hr 10mins (no interval)

Registrations are essential!

Email: familyandcarer@stride.com.au
Phone: (02) 4229 7254

Men’s Week Carer Golf Day

Stride, in collaboration with ARAFMI invite male carers who care for a loved one with mental health concerns to attend a golf event and lunch, in recognition of Men’s Health Week.

The 2022 theme being, building healthy environments for Men and Boys.

Thursday 16th June 2022, 11:30am
Wollongong Golf Club, 151 Corrimal Street Wollongong

Registrations are essential!

Please email familyandcarer@stride.com.au or call
(02) 4229 7254 to book.

Note: you may bring your own golf clubs if owned

Carers Walk and Talk

Join us for a relaxing walk and tea/coffee, at a range of different locations along the south coast, whilst enjoying the company of other carers and water views.

Tuesday 14th June 2022
9:30am-11:30am meeting at Levendi Café (beachfront)

Tuesday 7th June 2022
9:30am-11:30am meeting at Huskisson Wharf

Tuesday 21st June 2022
10am-12pm meeting at Kiama Lighthouse

Nowra Carer Education Sessions – Communication Skills for Carers

Refine and practice your ways of communicating with your loved ones, especially when the going is tough.

Presented and facilitated by Raewyn Proctor, Education and Support Worker from the Stride Wollongong Office.

Tuesday 21st June 2022 & Tuesday 28th June 2022
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Nowra Stride Office, 52a Worrigee Street Nowra
** Education sessions will include lunch

Health and Wellbeing


‘Hear2Talk’ is a free, peer-run, confidential and independent phone support line for all workers across NSW. People in the workplace are welcome to call the line if they need someone to talk to for workplace wellbeing support, information and on referral to appropriate services. 

A few key features of the service include: 

·       Available 7 days a week, including after business hours from 12pm-8pm. 

·       Option for follow-up calls to see how you’re progressing.  

·       Call-back back service to ensure you get timely support.  

·       Access to additional support if required. 

Hear2Talk can be reached on 1300 H2 TALK (1300 428 255).   

Please find attached the program flyer, or visit the website (https://www.neaminational.org.au/find-services/hear2talk/) for additional details. 

The Hear2Talk team are also available to join you workplace team meetings (online), to share more information about the service if you’d like. Feel free to reach out to arrange this, or if you have any questions – hear2talk@neaminational.org.au / 0438 458 846. 

13YARN has launched

13YARN is the first national crisis support line for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping — offering a confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline trained Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter, who can provide crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

13YARN empowers community with the opportunity to yarn without judgement and provide a culturally safe space to speak about needs, worries or concerns.

If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.


Sexual Health

NSW HIV Testing Week

The first week of June 2022 is NSW HIV Testing Week, which aims to encourage regular HIV testing.

This year, NSW Health wants to remind our communities that testing for HIV is still important.

When HIV is diagnosed early, effective treatments mean that it is possible to live a long and healthy life with HIV. We encourage everyone who may have been at risk of HIV to ask their health professional for a HIV test.

For a free, easy, private and accurate way to test, order the NSW Health HIV test online.

The test is delivered in the mail and results are sent by text, email or over the phone.


Because Your Care

Whatever a young person’s experience, they have a right to sexual and reproductive health education and it is often carers who are best placed to deliver this information.

The free ‘Because Your Care’ Online training Module(OLM) gives a great overview on many sexual health topics, with tips on how to start conversations and activities to help guide you and increase your knowledge.

If you are interested in the evolving conversation around embedding consent into the National School Curriculum, read the May 2022 blog from our colleagues at Caddyshack Project https://www.caddyshackproject.com/caddyshackblog

 You can complete the OLM in your own time here:


If you would like any further information please contact

Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au

Regional Youth Action Plan

The Office for Regional Youth (ORY) are developing a Regional Youth Action Plan to help young people live their best life across NSW.

They are conducting a survey to understand what the challenges are in regional NSW and it’s really important that they hear from you and the youth you are working with. This will guide ORYs priorities and budgets over the next four years.

Ensuring young people are accurately represented in the Action Plan is very important, and this is an opportunity to make a difference and make your voice heard.

Here is the link to the survey. It will take less than 6 minutes to complete.


We really appreciate you taking the time to be involved. Please share amongst your community, professional and social networks so we can gain a good understanding of our current environment. This information will be collated by NOUS and will be followed up with local interviews with selected agencies and youth groups in mid-June.  

Employment and Training

GambleAware Multicultural Service

Two great opportunities that have become available at the newly established GambleAware Multicultural Service. The GambleAware Multicultural Service is funded by the Office of Responsible Gambling. It works with GambleAware Providers across NSW to deliver culturally responsive services for individuals, families and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. The service also provides culturally responsive gambling counselling services in multiple languages.

Both positions are hoping to attract passionate and highly skilled clinical practitioners from multicultural background or those with profound knowledge working with individuals and families from diverse background.

·         Social Worker/ Psychologist – Clinical Lead – GambleAware Multicultural Service – closes 24 May


·         Clinical Psychologist – GambleAware Multicultural Service – closes 14 June



A call out for support!

We’re looking for raffle and auction items for our annual fundraising dinner.   All funds raised will go directly to supporting women in need, especially those experiencing domestic and family violence, social isolation, and mental health challenges.

From individuals and businesses – please talk to us about how we can promote our contribution (on the night and through our social media).

For donation or suggestions, contact Miranda on 4255 6800, Facebook messenger (https://www.facebook.com/womenshealthcentre) email: mirandab@womenshealthcentre.com.au 



ACON and the Wollongong Art Gallery are proud to announce an evening in Wollongong, celebrating Pride Month and intergenerational queerness as we hear the stories from some of our elders.

Date and time Fri., 17 June 2022 -6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEST

Location- Wollongong Art Gallery – 46 Burelli Street Wollongong, NSW 2500

Tickets $20

Sexual Health

Indigenous Surfboard Competition 2022-entries now open!

We are honoured to introduce this year’s Indigenous Surfboard Competition with artwork provided by Zach Bennet Brook from Saltwater Dreamtime.

Zach is an Indigenous man of Torres Strait Islander heritage & an award winning artist. Born & growing up in Dharawal Country,  Zach has  always been surrounded by the water & involved in water-based activities.  You can check out more of his fantastic work here.

From Zach: Design wise I decided to paint a style I call Travelling. The artwork features a number of circular sections which in my work represent groups of people and family. I have connected each of these groups together through thick lines highlighting the travelling aspect and how we are all connected.

With this year’s NAIDOC Week theme being Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up, I thought the artwork I painted plays nicely to this as it highlights the importance of working together and shows unity. Colour wise I decided to go with a super bright and vibrant background in Pinks, Purple and Yellow with a bold Black and White line work design over the coloured background.

If you would like to enter the competition to win this surfboard text ‘Share Affection Not Infection’ and your postcode to us on 0434 568 233.

You will get a reply confirmation text. Enter as many times as you like.

The winner will be drawn 1st December to acknowledge World AIDS Day.

See previous years surfboard tours here & T&Cs