Resources for Carers/Family

Click on the links below to see resources for carers/family. 

Mental Health Carers AustraliaSpecialist mental health services for carers, provides links and information to member organisations across Australia
Carer Advisory Service 
Ph: 1800 242 636
Provides information, advice and referrals on carer services
Carers AustraliaAdvocates on behalf of Australia's carers, and provides specialist services across Australia for carers, including counselling, advice, information and registration
Young Carers
Ph: 1800 242 636
For young carers up to 25 years of age
Australian Government Department of Human ServicesInformation about support and services for carers
National Mental Health Consumer and Carer ForumNational voice for consumers and carers participating in the development of mental health policy and sector development in Australia
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Program
Ph: 1800 052 222
Offers information and advice to link into community care services and assist young carers
Family Drug HelpOffers family members support, information, education, inspiration and encouragement to practice self-care
HeadspaceSupport for parents supporting young people
It's all rightInformation for young people dealing with mental illness in their family
COPMIDevelops information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends to support the children of parents with a mental illness
See table below for information about services in specific regions across Australia.

Victoria
ARAFEMI Carer Helpline
Ph: 1300 550 265
Statewide support to families and carers, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Support groups for family and carers also available for a number of different mental health difficulties
Carers VictoriaInformation and support for carers
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria
Ph: (03) 8486 4222
Offers a range of services and programs to people with mental illness, and the families, friends and carers of people with mental illness. Helpline available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
New South Wales
ARAFMI NSW
Ph: (02) 9332 0700
      1800 655 198
Supporting carers, relatives and friends of people with mental ill health
Australian Capital Territory
Carers ACTProvides unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic conditions, terminal illness or who are frail-aged
Queensland
ARAFMI Queensland
Ph: (07) 3254 1881
     1800 35 1881 (Outside Brisbane area)
Runs 24-hour telephone support, support groups, workshops, and a program of support for carers
Northern Territory
Carers NT
Ph: (08) 89 444 888
Support and services for carers
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT)
Ph: (08) 8948 1051 (Darwin)
      (03) 8953 1467 (Alice Springs)
Support service for families and friends of people with a mental illness
Western Australia
ARAFMI WA
Ph: (08) 9427 7100
      1800 811 747
Offers free professional counselling, mental health support groups with peers, workshops, and programs and advocacy
South Australia
Carers SA
Ph: 1800 242 636
Advisory service available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Provides specific advice, support, information and resources for caring families
Carer Support
Ph: (08) 8379 5777
Provides carers with support through information, events, groups and respite
Tasmania
Mental Health Carers Tasmania
Ph: (03) 6228 7448 (South)
      (03) 6349 1121 (North)
      (03) 6441 5280 (North West)
Supporting carers, relatives and friends of people with mental ill health
Last Updated : 29-Nov-2013