Photo of BEFRIENDAS ParticipantsWhat is befriending?

Befriending involves having a regular conversation with a person about everyday topics and events in a friendly way without discussing health problems or emotions. The befriending sessions will be weekly for 4 months and can happen face-to-face, over the telephone or via video calls.

We want to find out if befriending can reduce rates of depression, anxiety, loneliness and increase social support in people living in residential aged care.

Find out more about the BEFRIENDAS study.

How to become involved in the BEFRIENDAS study

Aged care organisations

Do you have residents with symptoms of depression, anxiety or loneliness?  We would like to invite your organisation and residents to participate. Watch this video, and share it with your residents, to find out more about the project.

BEFRIENDAS Aged Care Facility Expression of Interest Form

BEFRIENDAS Project Summary


Are you interested in helping reduce depression, anxiety and loneliness in older people living in residential care? Do you want to join the BEFRIENDAS team as a befriender? All you need is COVID-19 immunisation and a current influenza immunisation if you are visiting in person, be aged over 18, obtain a valid police check (we can help you with this) and participate in our training program. Watch our welcome video to hear more about being a volunteer.

BEFRIENDAS Volunteer Expression of Interest Form