What is the ‘Online support group for Young People living with ME/CFS’?

The online group for people aged 18-24 living with ME/CFS is an eight-session (in total) online community group - with a professional facilitator - hosted by Emerge Australia. It takes place in our virtual meeting room over Zoom. We have three core themes for our online community groups: Patient Support, Carer Support and Community Building. The aim of this group is to help young people connect with others who have the shared experience of living with ME/CFS.

**Please note this group is for people aged 18-24 years**

Why should I attend?

Accessing peer support to talk with other people who just 'get it' is one of the primary requests that we receive at Emerge Australia. We have designed this program to provide a safe space - with a facilitator -  where young people who live with ME/CFS can meet and chat for an hour every other week.

What will happen in the group?

In this group you will find:

  • A professional facilitator to guide the 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

Session dates and times

The group commences on 22 February 2022 and will run for eight sessions, concluding on the 31 May 2022.

Every second Tuesday afternoon  

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

  • 2:45pm session open
  • 3:00pm group meeting commences
  • 4:00pm group meeting ends


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

Meet your facilitator Louise De Pino

My name is Louise and I am a trained social worker who has lived with ME/CFS for 21 years.

I became ill with ME/CFS when I was 12 years old. Trying to manage this complex disease while also trying to attend school then university, has allowed me to have a unique empathy, perspective and understanding about what it is like to grow up living with a chronic illness.

Throughout the years, I have provided support to a number of young people with chronic illnesses. I have facilitated a number of groups for chronically ill young people as part of a program within the Royal Children's Hospital and also as a youth mentor at a not for profit organisation.

I have recently picked up the love for painting/crafting in the last few years (however, I'd say by the amount of art/craft supplies I own now, it seems more like my hobby is buying art/craft supplies!). I also love to spend my time reading, binge watching tv series in a single day and hanging out with my wife, my dog Bean and my cat Meow Meow.

I am really looking forward to facilitating this group and can't wait to meet you all!