Support for Families and Carers
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:
- Privacy to discuss the condition of the patient.
- Somewhere to go during rest-time ward closure, or when a patient is away for tests or surgery.
- A place to re-energise – comfortable chairs, free tea/coffee, heat their lunch.
- Business centre amenities – free phone and the Internet (pay bills and access email, stay connected).
- Information – a wide range of carer resources.
- Diversion from the daily pattern – at the Retreat Hospital Volunteers welcome carers and families, make tea, explain the resources in the Retreat and sit and chat if that is what a carer needs. Carer Support Unit staff are also located in the same building for anyone needing advice or support in their caring role.
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@example.com or on (03) 991250.
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.
- UCMH Family Carer Support Groups NSCC (PDF)
- Support Groups Brochure NSCC (PDF)
- General Courses FLYER Carers Mental Health (PDF)
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:
Suicidality and self-harm
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: Jenice.Alliston@health.nsw.gov.au.
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
- Ability-Links (PDF) Ability Links is a free service which links clients with their community and to help achieve goals, this service is also for people who have Mental Health issues, or who may be in need of additional help Ability Links is available and you can refer by just calling (no wait list).
- Carer Booklet (PDF)
- Carers Support Central Coast
- Central-Coast-Youth-Interagency-Directory Central Coast Youth Directory
- Community Transport (PDF)
- Coping with Ice (PDF) Having a family member or friend who uses ice (crystal methamphetamine) can be stressful and worrying.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy DBT (Sydney)
- Family Drug Support Ph: 1300 368 186 (24 hrs. 7 days a week)
- Talk Soon Talk Often (link) a book written to help parents navigate some of those ‘tricky’ conversations about sexual health with their kids…right from the start.
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”
- Primary-Carers-to-DC-and-PCPs-Brochure-2015-v2 (PDF)
- Primary-Carers-to-DC-and-PCPs-Rights-Brochure-2015 (PDF)
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.
Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
Lifeline Australia Ph: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
For urgent mental health issues call the Mental Health Line Ph: 1800 011 511 (24hrs 7 days a week)