Authors: Central Coast ARAFMI
Event: 2005 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Infant, Child and Adolescent
Abstract: Young ARAFMI was born from the experience of on-the-ground workers who saw a distinct group of invisible carers in children and adolescents. Conversations with young people give workers a unique insight into the impact of living in a family where there is mental Illness. From getting up in the morning, going to school, having friends over, homework, eating, sleeping and worrying, workers provide support which paves the way for children to deal with life in a positive way. Supporting children individually, through Kids Konnecting, Young People Connecting and Parents Connecting groups, are key elements to this service. Group sessions are written utilising extensive evaluation processes and the expertise of young people in the development of these groups. Young ARAFMI is innovative and self evolving, using the skills and passion of our workers and the expertise and enthusiasm of the children in breaking new ground in preventative mental health programs. Description of Facility/Organisation: Central Coast ARAFMI is a non-government family support organisation which is carer driven. CC ARAFMI has developed and provides services, which are innovative and have direct benefits and positive outcomes to carers. Our organisation provides education, counselling, support, advocacy and respite for families and carers of people with a mental illness and is delivered via four programs. Programs include; Family Support, Carer Consultants, Recreation & Leisure program for consumers and a Young ARAFMI program for young carers. These services are available to a Central Coast population of approximately 300,000 the Central Coast being one of the fastest growing areas in NSW covering Gosford and Wyong LGA’s.