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When a family member is admitted to hospital due to mental illness, it can be a difficult and overwhelming time for people who care for them. It's important for you to get support for yourself too.
Our Family and Carer Consultants are people who have experienced mental illness themselves, or experienced being a carer of someone with mental illness.
They have a good understanding of the mental health system.
A wide range of support services are available to our consumers and carers ranging from patient advocacy and rights to respite and education.
We know there are clear benefits to the recovery and care of people with a mental illness when carers are:
Further information for carers can be found in the Mental Health Act 2014 handbook.
We provide the following services:
Phone: 03 9496 6315
The following organisations offer support services for carers of persons with mental illness.
Merri Health supports carers with the flexible, individualised help they need.
Freecall: 1800 422 737
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
Phone: 03 9396 9500
The Mental Illness Fellowship is a non-government organisation that works with people whose lives are affected by mental illness.
Phone: 03 8486 4200
Mind is a non-government organisation supporting mental health recovery. Services include respite, support groups, carer education.
Carer Helpline: 1300 550 265