Mental Health

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.

Other resources

Champions for Change  shares discussion points for how professionals can work with family carers to support the person living with the mental illness. COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness)

See Facts sheets and resources for professionals and families. Sane Australia – Provides support, training and education

Ph. 1800187 263 (National Hotline) Black Dog Institute

For information about Depression and Bi-polar Fact Sheets 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 Lifeline

See their Fact sheets and self help tools 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. Mensline

1300 789 978 (24 hour number) Provides face to face and online counselling. See Men and mental well being tip sheets. Beyond Blue

See resources on mental health