A National Combined Voice for Mental Health Consumers and Carers
Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness
The Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network was instrumental in joining with Mind Australia and HelpingMinds WA to develop a Guide for service providers to assist them in better understanding the role of carers within mental health and to provide practical tips for engaging and working with them. In 2015 they released the Guide which can be accessed on: www.carerguide.com.au
The 2.4 million people who care for those with a mental illness, and those who work with these carers, have been, to a large extent, the unsung heroes in mental health in this country. They will remain the bedrock of the system.
This Guide recognises carers are a crucial component of any partnership approach to service delivery. It has been developed to assist staff across service settings in Australia in recognition and support of carers, to enable them to continue in their role as partners in recovery.