Carers often feel alone, unsupported and overwhelmed. These feelings are perfectly normal. However, they need to be adequately addressed, otherwise they can negatively impact upon your mental health. Caring for someone with a mental health issue also raises a number of unique issues that need to be addressed.
Carers Queensland has two resources specifically designed to support carers who are caring for a person with a mental illness:
Mental Health Resources for Carers is a website program about caring for a person with a mental illness which has been designed to be flexible according to your needs as a carer. You can work through the entire program from start to finish or dip in and out of the program, just working through the section/s that is/are appropriate for you at this moment in time.
The SANE Carer Forum is now available through our website. Designed for carers and people with a lived experience of mental illness, the forum allows you to access peer-to-peer advice and support in a safe, online environment.
Please call the Carer Advisory Service on 1800 242 636 to find out other ways we can assist you.
Champions for Change shares discussion points for how professionals can work with family carers to support the person living with the mental illness.
www.copmi.net.au COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness)
See Facts sheets and resources for professionals and families.
www.sane.org Sane Australia – Provides support, training and education
Ph. 1800187 263 (National Hotline)
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au Black Dog Institute
For information about Depression and Bi-polar Fact Sheets
www.health.gov.au Commonwealth Department of Health
Mental Health site/ Consumers/Mental Health programs
Information about the “Better Access to Mental Health Care through the Medicare schedule
Locate the Personal Helpers and Mental Health Services (PHAMS) in QLD
See their Fact sheets and self help tools
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au The Suicide Call back line
1300 659 467 – Free counselling (24 hour number) for people seeking assistance, at risk of suicide or bereaved by suicide. See tip sheets.
1300 789 978 (24 hour number) Provides face to face and online counselling. See Men and mental well being tip sheets.
www.beyondblue.org.au Beyond Blue
See resources on mental health