Assessment, identification and response to mental health carers and families

Mental Health carers and families play a major role in providing support and care to people with mental illness. Their caring role is critical to client support and recovery, with an estimated (2015) 240,000 Australians providing informal care to an adult with mental illness. Of these 54,000 were primary carers. However, despite this significant contribution too frequently carers are not respected, acknowledged or included in a variety of health, mental health and other service settings. This is despite the introduction of the Victorian Carers Recognition Act 2012 (2) which was created with the objective to officially recognise care relationships and the role of carers in our community.

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