Mental health carer services

Carers ACT has the expertise and services to help carers cope with the unique challenges of looking after someone with a mental illness.

Looking after someone with a mental illness adds an extra dimension to the role of parent, spouse, child, sibling or neighbour, and every care situation is different.

Some carers help with daily needs and activities such as bathing, recreational activities, eating and spiritual care and administering medication. Others care for people who are fairly independent but may need assistance with tasks such as banking, transport, shopping and housework.

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Educational and social activities

All carers can access our education workshops and courses, which provide practical information to help support carers. Topics vary with recent examples including practical strategies for supporting someone living with mental illness, daughters caring for mothers and a carers computer course.

Our social events offer carers an important break from the caring role. We hold regular groups for craft, art appreciation and Tai Chi as well as four seasonal lunches per year, day trips and overnight carer gatherings to destinations such as Thredbo and the South Coast.

Campaign for change

As the peak body for mental health carers in the ACT, we work closely with carers to effect positive changes to the mental health service system. To ensure current reforms achieve their potential, it is essential that the perspectives, concerns and ideas voiced by mental health carers and their families are heard by decision-makers.

Towards this, we support mental health carers to participate on ACT and national government community committees and other representative groups and facilitate their involvement in consultations, media engagement and other advocacy efforts.

More specifically, the Mental Health Carers Voice Program:

  • hosts a specialised mental health carer website www.carersvoice.com.au
  • runs workshops, forums and networking opportunities
  • produces a fortnightly e-bulletin to keep mental health carers informed
  • provides information and feedback on mental health policy and service issues related to system changes

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