Authors: Robyn Marshall, NSW
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper will explore the development and delivery of the ‘Triple E’ project an exciting and innovative project for women in the Hunter, who have a relative or friend with a mental illness. It is well known that caring is usually a role performed by women and evidence suggest that 73% of primary carers are women who are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and partners. Recent research has revealed that carers tend to have poorer health than non carers. The ‘Triple E’ project will offer self esteem workshops for these women to improve mental and emotional well being. Focus will also be on enrichment, education and equity to increase resilience and prevent depression. The ‘Triple E’ project will conduct workshops throughout the Hunter and will provide opportunities for self discovery which embrace the concepts of mental health and wellbeing. The project will also aim to reduce the isolation for women in rural areas and raise the awareness of health and community workers in those areas about the impact of the caring role on women who have a family member with a mental illness. The Triple E project will offer opportunities that will empower, strengthen and improve the quality of life for women who are carers.