Recognition and Respect: Mental Health Carers Report 2012 surveyed more than 500 mental health carers on the services available to them and to the people they care for.
"Mental health carers reported that their role is not well understood by the community, professionals, workplaces and schools and that they struggle to get information about the help available," Mr Butler said. "The Government's $2.2 billion mental health reform plan has provided a significant boost for people with mental illness and their carers, however many carers still experience stigma, discrimination and difficulty gaining support. Carers reported that their role impacts on their finances, physical and mental health, employment prospects, and social connections." Senator McLucas said the research reaffirms the significance of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting Australia's 2.6 million carers.