A mental health carer is someone who cares for or about someone with mental health challenges.
Carers can be of all ages and have different relationships with the person with a mental illness. This includes children, adults, siblings, parents, grandparents, partners, other family, friends and neighbours.
Support for Mental Health Carers in Illawarra
ARAFMI Illawarra provides support and education services to families and carers of people living with mental health challenges, in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region. We advocate for better services for people experiencing mental health issues and promote an understanding of the challenges surrounding mental health and care in the community.
What supports are there for carers?
Services currently provided by ARAFMI Illawarra include:
• Telephone support
• Individual face-to-face counselling
• Support groups with other carers
• Peer support
• Education and training workshops
• Community awareness sessions