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Mental Health Resources & Information

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Family and Carer Mental Health Program

The Family and Carer Mental Health Program offers education, training and support services to family members, friends and carers of people with mental illness. We aim to improve well-being, resilience, coping skills and relationships. Services are free of charge if you support someone with mental health concerns.

The program offers 3 types of service:

  1. Individual Support Workers can offer:
  • One-on-one emotional and practical support and direction
  • Coping strategies for family and friends
  • Assistance in finding services to meet individual needs and circumstances
  1. Education & Training courses:
  • includes a wide range of both long and short courses designed to inform and empower family & friends of someone with a mental illness
  • provide information around coping strategies for family and friends e.g. ‘Managing Stress and Increasing Resilience’
  • education on specific topics e.g. ‘Substance Use and Mental Illness’ and ‘Supporting Recovery’
  1. Family and Carer Mental Health Support Groups
  • Support groups offer a safe place to come and talk with others who are going through similar experiences.

Operates from Seven Hills and Penrith and supports people across western Sydney.

Phone: 02 8599 4880 (Seven Hills) or 02 88808160 (Penrith)

Email: fcmhinfo@unitingrecovery.org.au

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

A national organisation devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of depression in the community. Its website contains useful depression resources (including people’s personal experiences of depression) and information on current initiatives. BeyondBlue also provides a 24 hour telephone information service which is available to provide information on depression and anxiety and advice on how to get help, where to get services and support Australia-wide.

Click here for website.

Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute

Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar disorder.

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Headspace

Headspace

Headspace provides young people 12-25, and their families, with information, support and advice on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. headspace centres around Australia provide young people with access to youth-friendly health professionals and the headspace website has a section devoted to supporting parents and carers.

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Head to Health

HeadToHealth.gov.au

Head to Health is a Dept of Health mental health website providing information and resources regarding mental health.

Helping Minds

Helping Minds 

Helping Minds (formerly Arafmi) provides carer respite options and support groups, advocacy and educational programs for young people, youth and adults, and a range of free, professional, and confidential counselling and support programs.

Click here for website or contact Helping Minds on 1800 811 747.

Educational programs – click here 

Carer Respite Calendar – click here

Carer Support Groups and Workshops – click here

MDS Hoarding and Squalor Website

Hoarding and Squalor Website

Information on hoarding and squalor and a directory of local services.

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Mi Networks

Mi Networks

Mi Networks is a national initiative of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia. This service can help to connect you to the information and services you need. For information call 1800 985 944 or visit the website www.minetworks.org.au.

Mi networks also has a range of information sheets on suicide and self harm, treatment, caring and physical health. Click here to access the Mi Networks information sheets.

Mind Health Connect

Mind Health Connect is the easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place. Supported by the Australian Government, mindhealthconnect helps you to find information you can trust.

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SANE Helpline

SANE Helpline

1800 187 263

A telephone service you can call between Monday and Friday, 9 am – 5 pm to talk to a mental health professional.

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The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead

The  Way Ahead website has information and resources on:

  • Fact sheets on mental health
  • Medicare programs
  • Mental health jargon
  • Mental health legislation
  • NSW Health

Click here for website.

Comprehensive Resource List

Comprehensive Resource List

For a more comprehensive list of mental health resources and information, the Black Dog Institute have complied a list of good quality and useful information, broken into different categories. Click here

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