Luckily, in Australia there are a number of government funded support services as well as volunteer carer led support groups available to carers, so you don’t have to do this alone.
Click on your state below to see what is available.
*Please note that we have just started to put this list together, and would really value input from services. We would be very happy to link to websites that would be useful to carers.
- Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia – services in each state and good collection of Well Ways fact sheets about mental illness, treatments, and ways families can help
- Carers Australia – for all carers, not just related to mental illness. Services in each state, includes specialist counseling services for mental health carers
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
- Carer consultants – (click here for contact list via Victorian Mental Health Carers Network) – Employees of mental health services who have a lived experience of caring for someone with a mental illness. As well as providing a carer perspective to services, they usually offer information, referrals and peer support to carers and families involved with their services. If you care for an adult or young person involved with one of these services, contacting the carer consultant is a good way to connect to supports.
- Carer support services listed by region – List put together by the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network. The Carers Network is not a support service itself, but is the peak body for family and carers of people with a mental illness. They provide useful contact information for carers.
- ARAFEMI – Victorian service offering peer support, counseling, respite and education to carers and families of those with a mental illness, as well as to consumers. You can self refer and don’t need to be involved with a mental health service. ARAFEMI also offers a telephone helpline during usual business hours and online support.
- ERMHA Carer Respite – Service in southern metropolitan Melbourne which provides a range of respite and vocational support options for carers of people with a mental illness, psychiatric disability or intellectual disability. Respite options are also available to the care recipient.
- Carers Victoria – For all carers, not just related to mental illness.
- Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centres – A guide to respite services and finding a local provider.
- ARAFMI WA – Mental health carers and friends association
- Carers WA