When a person you care for is diagnosed with mental health issues, there can be significant consequences and impacts on your own physical and mental health.
Partners, family and friends can be affected by the stresses of the ripple effect that often occurs when a person becomes unwell.
Caring for a person can mean providing emotional support, offering encouragement towards seeking treatment and helping to negotiate the maze of health services.
But taking care of yourself as a carer is a vital part of being able to maintain the caring role for someone with a mental illness, as the stresses may impact on relationships, work, family and finances.
Having a plan for the carer's own health, maintaining connections with others and being able to share experiences of coping strategies, together with education about the illness can help reduce the overload.
Our Carer Consultant has a lived experience in caring for someone with mental health issues and an understanding of the mental health system. The consultant provides advice, support and advocacy to carers of a person in the public mental health system.
Carer Consultant phone 5128 0100
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