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

The online group for young people living with ME/CFS is an eight-session online community group for 8 to 12 young people hosted by a professional facilitator engaged by Emerge Australia. It takes place in our virtual meeting room over Zoom. We have four core themes for our online community groups: Patient Support, Carer Support, Community Building and Learning. 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. 

Further information on how to join the group via Zoom will be made available once you have purchased a ticket.

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 young people who live with ME/CFS can meet and chat for an hour every other week over a four month period.

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

This online support group will run on Tuesdays at 5pm commencing on the 20 July 2021. 

The remaining sessions will be:

  • 3 August
  • 17 August
  • 31 August
  • 14 September
  • 28 September
  • 12 October
  • 28 October

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

  • 4:45pm session open
  • 5:00pm group meeting commences
  • 6:00pm group meeting ends

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

Meet your facilitator

My name is Madeleine, and I'm a 24-year-old educator and facilitator. When I'm not involved with Emerge Australia’s support groups, I run workshops and lessons for high school students on a range of topics including space science. I was diagnosed with ME/CFS 10 years ago, so the work that Emerge Australia does is very close to my heart, and I'm looking forward to meeting you all!