Carer Support

The following resources have been recommended by The Black Dog About The House community followers. The list will be updated regularly with new or updated information.

Facebook Closed Carer Groups for Spouses/Partners

To access the following closed groups on Facebook you will need to join and be accepted. Each group have allocated administrators who monitor use and membership to ensure privacy. Click on one of the group titles below to join.

Online Resources, Workshops, Carer Forums, Counselling, Helpline etc

ARAFMI Mental Health Carers Australia (Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill) – advocacy services for mental health carers. ARAFMI services are available across Australia. Click here to see what is available in your state.

BeyondBlue  providing advice, information and support on all aspects of mental health. They have an active advice online forum called ‘Supporting Family and Friends‘ and General Information. All resources are free.

Carers Australia – provide carer support and services (covers all types of carers not just mental health). They have programs available that are free to the public. Click here for details. These include counselling and advisory services.

Conversation Matters – suite of online resources developed to support community discussion about suicide. The resources provide practical information to guide conversations about suicide.

Mind Australia – services available across Australia covering counselling, workshops and online forums etc. Click here to locate a Mind office close to you or call Carer Helpline 1300 554 660. Mind also provides a Carer online Forum for Australian families, friends and other carers of someone living with mental illness. It is an  anonymous online space to share stories and receive advice. Click here to access the forum.


SANE Australia – provides a number of services for carers and mentally ill. Click here to access list. They also have an online Carer Forum if you want some advice.

Carer Safety and Wellbeing

If you are worried for your on going safety and wellbeing, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with 1800RESPECT, Australian national family violence service, to get more information and support around your home situation.

Phone: 1800 737 732
Hours: 24/7

1800RESPECT can help you to make a safety plan, however if you ever feel in immediate danger know that you can call 000 for emergency services to attend.

Resources for Children

COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) – national initiative developed to provide information for parents, their family and friends to support children who have a parent(s) with mental illness. To start the conversation with children about mental illness click here for free resources.

Other Resources by State (Australia Only)

WAHelping Minds – provide advocacy, education and delivery of quality support services for carers in WA. Click here to access their online Carer Forum. Free call 1800 811 747 for details.

VIC –Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria – services, support and education for people and families affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), OCD spectrum disorders including trichotillomania and body dysmorphic disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, specific phobias, stress disorders, and childhood specific anxiety problems such as separation anxiety and school refusal. Services are Victoria (Australia) based. Click here to see the full list of services and resources.


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