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Carers come from all different backgrounds and play an important role in the recovery of consumers experiencing mental ill health. Carers are the family member, partner or friend deemed by the consumer to be their main support person, whose lives are also affected by the consumers’ experience.
When someone that you care about 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 mental health treating teams are dedicated to understanding and supporting carers whilst the person they care for is in our care. We know there are clear benefits to the recovery and care of people with a mental illness when carers are:
We support our carers by:
We know how hard it can be financially for some carers when the person you support is receiving care.
Please reach out to the treating team to ask about accessing the Carer Support Fund to cover some of the costs associated with your caring role such as: