Ideas, opinions and messages from more than 130 carers and families on how the mental health system can better serve their needs have been captured in new resources produced by the NSW Mental Health Commission.
The five videos and written paper draw on input gathered at the Commission’s 30 June event, A Caring Collective, where families and carers came together to share and learn how they could make their voices heard.
In the videos (featured below), mental health carers address people who affect their lives – namely psychiatrists, mental health workers, general practitioners, policy makers and politicians, and family and friends – and share what they wish these groups knew about their caring role.
The accompanying paper Caring for the future: Solutions and strategies from carers and families in mental health captures the topics discussed by carers and families at the 30 June event. It includes attendees’ feedback on the education needs of carers and mental health services, and how the National Disability Insurance Scheme could be improved.
The Commission encourages families and carers to use the resources to educate others in their local communities and when engaging with mental health services and supports. The Commission will also use the resources to give decision makers in the sector better insights into the range of issues faced by people caring for someone with mental illness.
The Commission thanks the many carers and families who gave their expertise and time to help produce these resources.