What is ‘Online Peer Support - Experienced MEEPs’?

Online Peer Support for Experienced MEEPs is an eight week online support group for 8 to 12 people with a professional facilitator hosted by Emerge Australia. It takes place in our virtual meeting room over Zoom. We have 4 core themes for our online community groups: Patient Support, Carer Support, Community Building and Learning. The aim of this group is to help you to connect with other people who have a shared experience of living with ME/CFS for some time. There is no set length of time that people should have been living with ME/CFS to be 'eligible' to join the group but it is not the right place for people who are newly diagnosed.

Why should I attend?

Accessing peer support - talking to people who 'get it' - is one of the primary requests that we receive at Emerge Australia. We have designed this pilot program to provide a safe space - with a facilitator - where people who have lived with ME/CFS for a long time can meet and talk for an hour.

What will happen in the group?

In this group you will find:

  • Professional facilitator to guide conversation
  • 8 facilitated meetings - every other week for one hour
  • Option to continue to meet after the course - your facilitator will help you to establish ground rules and come up with a plan to continue with the group
  • Social interaction - this group is not structured therapy and will try not to dwell on negative or medical chat
  • The group will have access to a private sub-forum on the Emerge Australia Community Forum where chat can continue between sessions

Morning Classes -  All timings are as per Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra (AEDT or AEST according to start date of group)

  • 10:45am session open
  • 11:00am group meeting commences 
  • 12:00pm group meeting ends

Afternoon Classes -All timings are as per Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra (AEDT or AEST according to start date of group)

  • 1:45pm session open
  • 2:00pm group meeting commences 
  • 3:00pm group meeting ends

Dates and times are available to book as below. We operate a waitlist and strongly encourage you to sign up on the waitlist if you are interested. If we have enough people on the waitlist we may be able to host a second group.

New start dates for this group (newly established groups) are added throughout the year. Please note, you will receive the Zoom link for the class the day before the scheduled date.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact [email protected]