A carer plays an immensely important support role for many people with a mental health challenge. Often carers are close friends and family members, and sacrifice many things, including their educational achievements, employment and emotional wellbeing, to provide the best support to their loved one. Despite being a rather rewarding responsibility, being a mental health carer can also be equally challenging. No one can blame a carer for getting caught up the care of their loved one and forgetting about their own wellbeing until it’s too late.
Over the last few decades, mental health carer support has become a more prominent part of society. Within most cities around the world, there are many organisations who exist to support a carer as much as the individual with mental-ill health. A mental health carer can get support through several strategies, including:
A mental health system in any state, especially WA, is complex and can be challenging to navigate through correctly. An advocacy team like HelpingMinds’ will endeavour to help with understanding your rights, complaints, referrals, resources and much more. Furthermore, these individuals are committed to ensuring your desires are expressed and valued when decisions are being made about your loved one.
A modern-day mental health carer is (highly) likely to be able to access free and confidential counselling through a specialised organisation. Studies confirm that counselling is a very effective coping strategy for dealing with the mix of emotions that come with caring for someone with mental ill-health.
Where a carer is supporting a person with a longstanding and severe psychosocial disability that impacts their daily life, there may be eligible assistance through the National Disability Scheme (NDIS). With select cases, mental health help organisations can support you through the NDIS process, including the application paperwork and gathering supporting evidence of the mental health challenge.
Peer Support Worker
Seeking support from someone who has gone through a similar experience is often comforting and helpful to carers. Consequently, many mental health support organisations like HelpingMinds connect current carers with those who have been there before.
Select organisations are set up to provide mental health carers with respite. A respite gifts carers the ability to break away from their usual caring duties and responsibilities and relax in the experience and knowing their loved one is being taken care of by a professional. A number of different respite services can be accessed, including planned, emergency, in-home, residential, day programs and retreats.
Support Events, Groups & Workshops
A carer can find care and help in attending mental health carer support events, groups and workshops specifically designed for those caring for family and friends. All of these activities provide a safe environment for carers to come together and support each other in a close community.
As detailed, there’s a long list of support services available to mental health carers, many of which are free and easily available! If you are a mental health carer in Perth needing support, we strongly recommend connecting with HelpingMinds. Alongside assisting those dealing with their own mental health challenges, HelpingMinds offers a suite of mental health support services to adults and families, young people, schools and communities in West Australia and Darwin.