Authors: Yonas Mihtsuntu, VIC
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CARERS, FAMILIES, COLLABORATION, Supporting carers/families
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The situation of families caring for a person with mental illness is poorly understood and inadequately supported. Carers provide continued carer support to their member that underwrites treatment effectiveness. Nevertheless this comes at a high cost to carer’s psychological and socioeconomic wellbeing. There is a strong case to be made for the provision of evidence based services for carers, particularly ‘hidden’ carers. This paper outlines the case of reaching ‘hidden’ carers through integrated and collaborative service delivery model. This case rests first on understanding hidden carers, the factors that hinder them from accessing mental health services and the adverse impacts to their wellbeing. Second, how the family services program has been reaching the ‘hidden’ carers through the aforementioned model. And third, the outcomes, benefits and challenges of providing the family service for carers with the aim to overcome the exclusionary factors and provide informed and sustainable care for themselves and their loved ones.