Carers of people with mental illness

Find out what you need to know if you are a carer of someone with a mental illness

Carers of people with mental illness

Find out what you need to know if you are a carer of someone with a mental illness

People living with a psychosocial disability, where the condition is permanent and substantially reduces their capacity to perform every-day activities, may be eligible to receive support through the NDIS.

If you are caring for someone with a psychosocial disability, it may be beneficial for you to understand the planning process so that you can assist them with their transition to the NDIS. Pre-planning for the initial planning meeting will help to ensure that the person’s plan captures the impact of their condition on everyday functioning. You will need the permission of the person you care for to attend the planning meeting with them.

You can also provide a carers statement, which needs to outline the type of support you provide to the person you care for. Pre-planning tools and a carers’ checklist are available to assist you with your preparation. Please see The NDIS Process: Getting Plan Ready for pre-planning tools and examples.

For more information visit the Carers Australia page

Webinar: Introduction to the NDIS for mental health carers

Carers Australia in collaboration with Mental Health Australia delivered a webinar on 21 October 2016, for mental health carers on the NDIS. The aim of this webinar was to support mental health carers to understand the NDIS and provide information and resources to help support the person you care for, engage with the Scheme.

Click here to view the webinar. 

Webinar panel members include Ara Creswell, CEO Carers Australia; Frank Quinlan, CEO Mental Health Australia; Mark Rosser, National Disability Insurance Agency; Janet, a mental health carer with experience accessing the NDIS; and Lynn O'Grady who facilitated the discussion. 

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