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This module looks at the concepts of mental health and mental
illness; some indicators of mental illness; the key differences between
someone who displays poor mental health and someone with a diagnosed
mental illness; factors in the development of mental illness and
information regarding brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), and the
structure and function of the brain, and their role in mental illness.
This module aims to introduce the following:
This module will provide an opportunity to learn about the signs,
symptoms and treatments of psychosis. It will also provide information
concerning recovery and treatment options, including local supports and
This module will provide an opportunity to learn about the
definition, diagnosis and causes of schizophrenia, as well as concepts
of recovery and wellness support planning.
This module will provide an opportunity to learn more about
depression and the signs, symptoms and treatments. It will also explore
the impact on family members and carers, identify supports and self-care
This module will provide an opportunity to learn more about bipolar
disorder and the signs, symptoms and treatments, as well as the
experience of bipolar disorder for those with the illness and their
This module will provide an opportunity to become familiar with
certain models of communication, practice skills and explore how these
might apply to the relationship between people living with mental health
problems and their carers.
We cannot change another person only ourselves, however there are
ways of communicating that may open up the possibility of change. This
module explores some of these communication strategies and adds them
to the toolbox of communication skills.
This module gives participants the opportunity to consider the types of
challenging conversations mental health carers face. It will introduce
the concept of conflict and ways of handling conflict and aggression.
Conflict resolution and other related communication is vast. This module
provides participants with an introduction.
This module will provide an opportunity to understand how the
concepts of grief and loss can apply to the role of a carer and to
explore personal experiences of grief and loss with regard to being a
carer of someone with a mental illness.
The National Framework for Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services
(Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council, 2013) identifies the
importance of supporting families to understand the experience of the
person living with mental illness and their recovery process. The
Framework also focuses on how carers can assist and how they can put
into place the supports and strategies to enhance their own wellbeing.
This module aims to build on participants’ skills and confidence to
have a conversation with their loved-one about suicide; to assist them
to identify warning signs and to reach out for help and support. This
module will also give participants the opportunity to explore the impact
of the caring role on themselves and their own wellbeing.
This module aims to equip carers to:
This module introduces the concept of mindfulness and offers the
opportunity for participants to experience some techniques which can
then be used in daily life.
This module explores the importance of self-care for families and
carers. It aims to help identify aspects of life which may get in the
way of self-care and to assist participants to develop ideas and
strategies for nurturing that can inform their personal self-care
This module aims to:
Every participant receives a workbook and information kit.
To discuss your specific needs please phone: (02) 9879 2600 or email us