Resources

 

Bipolarcaregivers.org
This website provides a wide range of information about caring for someone with bipolar disorder. It includes information about the disorder, how it is treated and managed, how to support someone who has bipolar disorder and dealing with a bipolar crisis. It also includes information on looking after yourself as a carer.

 

Carers' Solutions and Strategies for a betters mental health system
These resources consist of five videos and a written paper produced by the NSW Mental Health Commission. The resources are based on the  ideas and opinions from carers and families on how the mental health system can better serve their needs. The resources draw on input gathered at the Commission’s event, A Caring Collective, where families and carers came together to share and learn how they could make their voices heard.

 

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Translated Resources
These resources have been developed by COPMI for use by families where a parent has a mental illness, their supporters, and services who work with them. The resources have been translated into a wide range of community languages including Arabic, Chinese, Dinka, Hindi, Swahili, Spanish and Vietnamese.

 

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Carer Framework: Strategies to Meet the Needs of Carers NSW Health.
CALD carers can experience a range of barriers to accessing services and support. This framework presents strategies and evidence-based research to assist agencies to better meet the needs of CALD carers.

 

SANE Family Friends and Carers
This page explains the effects of mental illness on family and friends, and what you can do to help the person affected as well yourself. It emphasises the importance of caring for yourself, helps you find support, explains the skills which will help you to help the person improve their level of recovery, and looks at what needs to be done to plan ahead.

 

Toolkit for Carers of People with a Mental Illness Lifeline Australia.
This tool kit provides information about: the impact of being a carer, strategies for supporting and sustaining yourself as a carer, positive ways to help and support a person living with a mental illness, carer’s rights and entitlements and where to go for help.

 

Translated Carer Fact Sheets 
Carers NSW has translated some of their fact sheets into a range of languages.

 

Working with Carers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: Resource Kit
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre Inc. This kit is designed to assist those working with CALD carers to: identify carers; understand a carer’s roles, better understand the particular needs of carers and how services can help meet these need; understand the impacts of being a carer and understand some of the specific issues that carers from CALD communities face.

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Carer and Consumer Organisations

 

Stride
Stride aims to help people who are or have experienced mental illness or have intellectual disabilities and their families, as well promoting a better understanding in the community of mental illness and intellectual disability. Aftercare is a registered NDIS service provider.

 

Being: Mental Health and Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group
Being (formerly NSW CAG) is the independent, state-wide peak organisation for people with a lived experience of mental illness (consumers). The organisation works with consumers to achieve and support change across the mental health system.

 

Carers NSW
Carers NSW is the peak organisation for relatives and friends caring for people with a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail in NSW. Carers NSW works to lead change and action for carers across the state.

 

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)
COPMI aims to promote better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness. COPMI develops information for parents, their partners, carers, families and friends in support of children whose parent have a mental illness.
You can find COPMI Translated Resources here.

 

Mental Health Advocacy Service (Legal Aid of NSW)
The Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS) provides free legal information, advice and assistance about mental health law. The service assists people who have been involuntarily admitted to a hospital, people appearing before the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) as well as relatives and friends of consumers.

 

Mental Health Carers NSW
Mental Health Carers NSW is a non-government organization that provides advocacy and support for families, relatives and friends of people who experience mental illness living in NSW. 

 

National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum 
The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) is the national voice for consumers and carers participating in the development of mental health policy and sector development in Australia.

 

Young Carers NSW
The Young Carer Program at Carers NSW was developed to make a positive difference to the lives of young carers and their families. Young Carers are children and young people, 25 years or under, who help to support a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.

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