Families and carers

With one in five people experiencing a mental illness in any 12 month period, there are significant numbers of family members, friends and carers in the community who provide support – which comes at a cost to their wellbeing.

Those who support others are often provided with little support in their own role and can be vulnerable to poor health themselves. Carers are consistently found to have poorer physical and mental health compared to the general population. They also frequently report struggling with the challenges posed by caring.

Taking a preventative approach to carers’ health and wellbeing offers opportunities to immediately improve carers wellbeing and quality of life, while also reducing the risk that this pivotal support group may “burn out” and be unable to continue providing care.

Partners in Depression is a group-based mental health promotion and prevention program for people who love, live with or care for a person experiencing depression delivered in local communities across Australia. The Partners in Mining program is being piloted across the Hunter region.

Learn more about the Institute’s Families and Carers programs, by clicking on the links below.


CG_RGB_StackedNational Carer Gateway

The National Carer Gateway is an online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers.

Carers can use the interactive service finder to connect to local support services and can access a free call 1800 422 737 for support and advice www.carergateway.gov.au