April 2016
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In this edition.... 
  • Launch of the Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness
  • Innovative Online Support Program for those in Crisis
  • Walking For Resilience - Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention
  • University of Queensland Mental Health Carers Survey
Launch of the Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness
Debbie Childs CEO of HelpingMinds with Tim Marney launching the ‘Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness' at the Western Australian Association of Mental Health (WAAMH) Conference earlier this month. 

The ‘Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness'  was created by a consortium of experts in mental health care, including Helping Minds, Mind Australia, Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia), Mental Health Australia and Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia. 
Ms Debbie Childs, Executive Director of Helping Minds added “the primary outcome of the Guide, when implemented within a service, will be an enhanced practice of engaging, supporting and working with carers in all areas in which mental health care is provided.”
In any given year, almost two and a half million people care for a person with mental illness in Australia.
Too often, when dealing with organisations providing treatment and care, these same carers can end up feeling left out of the process of creating the care their loved one needs.
Now, existing services and programs have access to a new Guide that will enable them to work with, and draw on the expertise of carers when designing and implementing care and ‘packages’ of care for people with mental illness.
“The main aim of the Guide is to provide practical assistance to providers to work with carers in a meaningful, mutually beneficial way. A partnership approach, if you like, which will enhance outcomes for consumers,” Independent Chair of the Project, Mr Patrick Hardwick (President of Helping Minds) said today. 

“We have been very pleased to be part of the development of this fantastic Guide, these are exciting times,” Ms Childs said

Download the Guide here

Innovative Online Support Program for those in Crisis

Does your experience of mental health leave you feeling:

Recovering Our Families is a support program designed to provide coping skills and tools to aid in the recovery of mental health and/or addiction challenges via online interactive sessions.

This course is specifically designed to aid families struggling with emotional pain, whether that is a result of psychiatric diagnosis, undiagnosed extreme emotional distress, or addiction issues.

"This course builds families confidence in playing an active part in a family member’s recovery process. It introduces the importance of love and hope and challenges the myths, stigma and existing traditional approaches to mental illness giving hope to families that, despite how bad or how long they’ve been impacted by family mental health issues, recovery is possible"
– 47 year old professional woman, wife & mother - Perth, Western Australia.

The next course begins on the 15th of May

View our video

For more information download the brochure
Or visit
HelpingMinds Pilbarra Support 

HelpingMinds is funded to provide respite services to carers within the Pilbarra. Services currently running in Port Hedland, Karratha and Newman. However, our respite is Open to anyone in the Pilbarra region. 

The purpose of respite is to help maintain the health and well being of carers. Carers quite often put all their energy into providing support for their loved one so respite provides some much needed time out. 

We are currently holding free pamper days for mental health carers in Newman at Bliss Beauty. For more details on our pamper days you can download the brochures on the below links.

Monthly pamper days
Monthly pamper days for Martu people

On the 18th, 19th and 22nd of April we will be holding drama classes for young carers at the Welcome Lotteries House. 
The workshops will run for 3 age groups each day
10.00am – 11.00am     5-8 year olds
11.15am – 12.45pm     8-12 year olds 
1.30pm – 4.00pm         13-17 year olds

Click here for the brochure - Drama Workshops

We have more activities available for young carers for the school holidays!  See our brochure for our program. 
Click here for the brochure 

On the 8th of April our 6 week yoga course will commence at the Karratha Leisureplex
Click here for the brochure 6 week yoga course

Walking For Resilience - Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention

HelpingMinds staff member Liz Everard is walking the entire Bibbulmun track from Albany to Perth to raise awareness about Aboriginal suicide

Liz lost her brother to suicide when she was 23 years old, he was 25. “Knowing the effect my brother’s suicide had on my own family, friends and community, I can only imagine the impact the high rate of suicides has on Aboriginal communities, who already face numerous community, social and systemic problems. Suicide is not just a mental health issue, it is a public health issue that affects whole communities and therefore requires a whole of community approach.

“The suicide rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is almost three times higher than the non-Aboriginal population. Among Aboriginal young people aged 15 to 24 years, intentional self-harm rates are 5.2 times that of non-Aboriginal young people. This is unacceptable.

The aim of Liz’s pilgrimage is to create awareness about ‘Walking for Resilience’; a concept she and Noongar Elder Darryl Kickett have been working on over the last 8 months. 

I hope my walk will generate interest in the concept of ‘Walking for Resilience’ and inspire community action and dialogue" Liz states.  

HelpingMinds will be posting updates of Liz's journey through our
Facebook page to promote her cause. 
Good luck Liz! 

For more information you can watch
 Liz's video
Or click here for our FAQ's sheet 

University of Queensland Mental Health Carers Survey
You are invited to participate in a small online questionnaire for the University of Queensland.

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate to government and the general public how much it would cost to replace the care that yourself and other mental health carers provide

In order to participate you must: (1) be aged 18 years or older; (2) care for someone aged 16 years or older whose main problem is a mental illness; and (3) not be employed to provide your caring role.

The online questionnaire should take 20-25 minutes to complete and includes multiple choice and open-ended questions about your personal characteristics, your care recipient’s characteristics and your caring role. You will be given the opportunity to enter your name into a draw to win one of three Coles Group and Myer gift cards.

If you would like to participate, please click on the link to read the participant information and, if you agree, to complete the questionnaire:


For more information
Participant Information Sheet Click Here 

Please contact Emily Hielscher (07 3271 8668 or if you have any questions about this study. 
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