Authors: Daly S, Bruce P, Church G, Immerman R, Palmer C, Schaecken P.
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Partnerships in MHS Delivery, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Carers have been shown to significantly reduce the strain on mental health services by an immense contribution to the well being of mental health consumers, as evidenced by a lower rate of hospitalisation for consumers living with a carer. However, the needs of carers are not often considered when planning mental health services. To discover these needs at a local level, Central Sydney Area Mental Health Service (CSAMHS), in partnership with the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW, the Mental Health Association NSW Inc and the Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill NSW (ARAFMI), hosted an Information Day for Carers of People Living with Mental Illness. The two aims of the day were to provide carers with information about services that can assist them and to learn the needs of carers so that services can be planned to accommodate them. The intention of this paper is to discuss the insights we gained from this forum through feedback from the carers in attendance as well as how we are seeking to address their needs.