We greatly appreciate your patience as Group61 integrates with Wesley Mission, please be aware that all new friendship enquiries will be responded to on or after Wednesday 3 Agusut 2016.


For more information see Recent Events.

Group 61 is a voluntary, not for profit organization devoted to mental health. We currently operate from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast as far west as Ipswich, with our office in Brisbane.

The purpose is to enable fullness of life through friendship with people affected by mental health issues.

A Volunteer Support Person is assigned to a person affected by mental health issues (Friend). The volunteer takes his / her Friend for a morning or afternoon outing each week. It is a continuing relationship which builds friendship; trust grows and healing happens.

“Professor Manfred Bleuler’s intensive, life long research led him to the conclusion that the establishment of a supportive relationship is an indispensible aspect of effective treatment. He believed, furthermore, that in this respect the physician’s role is not necessarily of greater value than that of other helpers.”  Watkins John, Healing Schizophrenia 2006 p 438.             

“Group 61 has brought me out of my shell. I am now comfortable meeting and talking to people.” - Diane.

“You don’t know how wonderful it is to have someone sensible you trust to talk to. It is like nectar to the gods.” - Madaleine.

“We took our Friend for a long drive recently…How different from when we first met him, when he would curl up in his chair and talk of panic attacks whenever we mentioned going out.” - Alan (a volunteer support person)

At Group61, we want you to know that we are doing our very best to ensure that we can support those that are in need. Due to an increased demand for volunteers there may be a delay in finding that support.

Please don’t let that discourage you. Instead, we ask that you help us by putting your name on the waiting list and we will match you up as soon as possible.

We love the community we are building at Group61 and we want you to be part of it.  Please stay in touch.

Inspirational Stories of Recovery

We are very fortunate to have friends of Group61 share their stories. Please take some time and read them. Click here.

My Recovery from Bi-Polar by Annette

I’m Normal! by Julie Richardson    


Want to know more about volunteering with Group61?

Click on the Volunteers tab above.