Monday, 14 May 2012

Time to care for the carers: mental health report

Much has been written about Australians struggling with mental health issues but the Wesley Mission wants the public to know about the struggles affecting the carers.

A national survey, Keeping minds well: Caring till it hurts, conducted by the Wesley Mission has found that 90% of relatives of people with a mental illness are suffering physically, mentally and financially.

The long term impact on the mental health and overall wellbeing of carers can be profound. A few hours respite each week or perhaps a quiet session with a counsellor can make a difference when young carers aren’t coping. Wesley Mission can help them cope.

The caring can’t stop but the damage to those caring can. Through comprehensive counselling and respite services Wesley Mission helps young carers manage their challenging roles and find hope on the other side.

ABC report

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