Caring for
Someone with
a Mental
Illness

Are you caring for someone with a mental illness?

There are many different mental health conditions. They can range from mild disorders lasting only a few weeks, through to severe illnesses that can be life-long and cause serious disability. Supporting a person with a condition that affects their mood, thinking and behaviour can be difficult and confusing. Carers Tasmania is here to help.

 

Taking care of yourself

  • We understand that you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself. Learn more about identifying your own needs, and taking steps to meet them.

    taking care of you
  • Caring can be rewarding, but sometimes the demands of caring can bring up a range of emotions. If you want to speak to someone separate from your situation, in confidence, our Counselling program can help you.

    Counselling

Talk to someone outside your situation

Sometimes it helps just to talk to another carer in the same situation who ‘gets’ what you are going through. Research suggests this can be very powerful to help reduce the stress of your caring role.

Carers Tasmania has many options to connect you with other family carers. We offer information sessions, peer support groups, advice, education sessions, wellbeing workshops, and help to navigate the maze of services and paperwork. Get Advice.

We also offer counselling either face-to-face or flexibly online over the phone or video call on your computer or phone.

Carers Tasmania’s Carer Support comes in many forms. Get in touch to discuss supports that will help you.

NDIS Information

The NDIS is a the system providing support and services to people with significant and permanent disability, being rolled out across Australia.

Carers Tasmania staff can help you to navigate the NDIS system with our information, workshops and resources.

Find out more

  • Do you need respite?

    There can be many times when caring for someone with a mental illness can be challenging. Their condition may cause them to think, feel or behave in ways that are difficult to understand. Don’t be reluctant to let people know you need a break.

    Do you need a break?
  • Plan Ahead

    As a carer, you may need to make legal, financial, medical or lifestyle decisions on behalf of the person you’re caring for. It’s important to plan ahead.

    Prepare for the future

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