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Part 9 Section E: Getting support as a carer

For information about general support services for carers, click here.

For information about support services for young people who are carers, click here.

9E.1: General support services for carers

There are a number of information and support services for carers of people with mental illness. The following are a few examples. You can visit their websites for more information about what they do and how they can help. Many of these websites also have information about other services and programs that may be useful to you.

ARAFMI provides information and support for those with family members and/or friends with mental illness or disorder.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres provide free and confidential information on support services available locally and within Australia for both people with mental illness and their carers.

Mental Health Respite Program: provides a range of flexible respite options for carers of people with mental illness or intellectual disability. For more information or to find out how to access the program, visit the above website or call 1800 059 059.

Sane Australia conducts programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people with mental illness, their family and friends. Sane Australia also provides a helpline that can be accessed by telephone or online: Phone: 1800 187 263* or click here to go to the SANE Helpline webpage.

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc has a number of programs that assist carers and families of people with mental illness. The Schizophrenia Fellowship also has a telephone information service that can be contacted on 1800 985 944*.

* Remember, mobile phone calls to freecall numbers (numbers starting with 1800) are charged to the caller at the usual mobile rate.

9E.2: Information and support services for young carers

This page lists some services and resources that are specifically for young carers:

Kids Helpline provides counselling and referrals for young people 25-years-old and under. It has a 24-hour telephone helpline that can be contacted on 1800 55 1800*. You can also get help by e-mail or by using the Kids Helpline web counselling service. Click here to find out more.

Young Carers NSW provides information on support and counselling services, has a section for young carers with families from non-English speaking backgrounds, as well as information for specific age groups.

Young Carers Australia provides information on how to get help and support, as well as how to deal with young carer-specific situations and associated emotions.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) provides useful information to people who care for a parent with mental illness.

Young Carer Program, Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres: this government initiative aims to provide young carers with a break from caring so they can have time to study. To find out if you are eligible, visit the website or call 1800 052 222* (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm).

* Remember, mobile phone calls to freecall numbers (numbers starting with 1800) are charged to the caller at the usual mobile rate



  • The legal and other information contained in this Section is up to date to 13 September 2010
  • This Manual only refers to the law and practices applying to the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).
  • MHCC does not guarantee the accuracy nor is responsible for the content or the currency of the content of external documents and websites linked to this Manual.