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Mental Health

Families, Friends & Carers

Austin Health's Mental Health Service recognises the need for involvement of families, friends and carers who support consumers.

We know there are clear benefits to the recovery and care of people with a mental illness when carers are:

- informed of the illness and treatment

- involved with mental health professionals providing treatment and care

- supported to manage difficulties when caring for a person with a mental health illness.

Further information for carers can be found in the Mental Health Act 2014 handbook.

Carer Resources

The Mental Health Service is committed to the development and provision of ongoing support for carers who support our consumers.

Discharge Planning

Please see the Carers Can Ask presentation for questions that may help carers who wish to find information on discharge planning and post-discharge support.

Carer Support Services in Victoria

The following organisations offer support services for carers of persons with mental illness.

Carerlinks North Service
The Carerlinks North Service is a government-funded organisation that provides services to carers of persons with a mental illness, disability or who are frail-aged. Support, information and respite options are offered.
Merri Community Health Services
Freecall 1800 052 222   (for disability, aged care, mental health and young carer enquiries)
Ph 03 9495 2500

Carers Victoria
Carers Victoria is a Commonwealth-funded organisation providing services to carers of people with any illness or disability. Services include counselling, advice and advocacy.
Freecall 1800 242 636
Ph 03 9396 9500 

Mental Illness Fellowship
The Mental Illness Fellowship is a non-government organisation that works with people whose lives are affected by mental illness.
Ph 03 8486 4200

Mind Australia
Mind is a non-government organisation supporting mental health recovery. Services include respite, support groups, carer education.
Carer Helpline 1300 550 265