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Bringing together more than a decade of experience working with Families, Friends and Carers. Carer Services, in collaboration with Education & Training have created a suite of workshops known as “Assisting Families”.
Specifically designed for friends and family members of people living with mental illness, these workshops are relaxed and caring and value the lived experience of carers. Families can build on their knowledge and skills and enjoy the support of others in similar situations.
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 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 services.
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 strategies.
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 loved-ones.
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 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 journey.
All of these workshops are FREE for families, friends and carers. Dates and times can be viewed on Carer Education Sessions Events.
To attend, please fill in the booking form on Carer Education Sessions Events or contact your local Carer Services office.
Carers do not need to be on a Centrelink benefit to attend.