Support for Families and Carers

Project Air

 Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders

It seeks to engage the community, families, carers, consumers and health and drug and alcohol services and agencies, to support better treatments for personality disorders.

The Carers Retreat 

Located at 91 Holden Street Gosford, Phone: 4320 5556

Support offered at the carers retreat:












 Australian National University

 ACATLGN’s Introduction to trauma informed care on-line learning program

The program is designed as an easily accessed on-line introduction and learning program for families, carers and other professionals with responsibilities for the care of children who may need support as a result of challenging and potentially traumatic experiences.  Policy makers in the area may also find the program of value. The program aims to:
•Facilitate understanding of experiences of adversity in childhood, the impact and variability of these experiences on children, the reasons for them and the potential on-going impacts through the life of the child into adulthood
•Provide family carers and professionals with accurate evidence-based information that assists them to recognise the impact of adversities or potentially traumatic experiences
•Provide age-appropriate guidelines and information as to how to support children and adolescents facing adversities and/or, if needed, refer them to specialised support and care

The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network is based at the Australian National University and is funded by the Australian Government.

Raising Resilient Teenagers

Monash University is seeking parents and their teenagers to take part in a trial of a new on-line parenting program designed to provide parents with strategies to deal with adolescence and protect their teenagers’ mental health.

FREE on-line program empowering parents to make sense of adolescence and parent their teenager more confidently.

To find out more, or to register to participate, please go to  Partners in Parenting Study Flyer (PDF)
email: or on (03) 991250.

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Uniting Care Central Coast phone: 4322 1855
Uniting Care offer’s a range of free support groups and training around mental health issues, see the PDF links for more information.

Partners In Depression

Partners In Depression




Do you love, support or care for someone with depression? Partner, Sibling, Son, Daughter, Parent or Friend? If so, PARTNERS IN DEPRESSION can help you!
PARTNERS IN DEPRESSION is a group support and education program for carers and family of people with depression. The program will develop your knowledge about:

 Depression
 Treatment options
 Suicidality and self-harm
 Self-care strategies
 Communication skills
 Where and how to access services

The program is run for six sessions over six weeks. It provides a forum in which to receive information and ask questions about depression and your support role, with others with similar experiences.

For more information please contact Jenice phone: 4320 2941 or email:

NBN Television Central Coast developed a five-part series on Mental Health featuring different views from the media to Police the sufferers and services. headspace Gosford is featured in Episode 5

Other Support

ARAFMI NSW has produced two brochures for family and carers about the recent changes to the Mental Health Act in regards to “designated carer” replacing “primary carer” and the addition of “principal care provider”

If you need online support, eheadspace is an online and telephone service that supports young people and their families going through a tough time. The service is confidential so conversations are private and secure unless the counsellor is worried about your or someone else’s safety.

If you are feeling suicidal it is very important to seek immediate help, preferably by a mental health practitioner.


Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 logo_eheadspace  Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 link

Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 55 1800
Lifeline Australia Ph: 13 11 14
For urgent mental health issues call the Mental Health Line Ph: 1800 011 511 (24hrs 7 days a week)