Support for children, carers and family

ARAFMI TAS INC

ARAFMI (Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (Tasmania) Inc.) aims to improve the quality of life for families, carers and friends of those living with a mental illness. They provide support to carers and families through a 25 hour helpline, support groups and one to one individual support services.

ARAFMI provides information, referral, education and has input into policy and legislative review processes on behalf of carers.

To find out more information:

Email: south@arafmitas.org.au

Web: www.arafmitas.org.au

Phone: (03) 6228 7448

Carers Tasmania

Where program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program: Carers

Tasmania offfers family and carer support and counselling.

Email: catinc@carerstas.org

Web: www.carerstas.org  

Phone: 1800 242 636

Carer Support Sessions

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:

ARAFMI (An Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (Tasmania) Inc.)

Regional area where the program is delivered:

Launceston

Description of program:

Family Support Meetings are on the forth Monday of each month, 7:30pm, at ARAFMI Centre, 34 Howick St. Launceston. These meetings may include caring and supportive conversation, information sharing, service recommendations, guest speakers on mental health, DVD screenings, and supper.

Eligibility criteria for the program:

Participants need to be supporting someone who has mental health issues.

How to apply for the program:

Contact ARAFMI North on 6331 4486

Where to go to find out more information:

Email: north@arafmitas.org.au

Web: www.arafmitas.org.au

Phone: (03) 6228 7448

Sage Hill Family & Friends Program

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: Aspire

Regional area where the program is delivered: North and North West

Description of program:

The program provides support in a responsive manner to families who have a member with a mental illness. The staff team have clinical experience and can provide not only a listening ear, but can help families make sense of their experiences and develop better ways of coping. 

Where to go to find out more information:

North: (030) 6323 6100

North West: (03) 6431 3772

Or visit the website at: http://www.aspire.org.au/tasmania

Family Support Meetings

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: ARAFMI (An Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (Tasmania) Inc.)

Regional area where the program is delivered: Hobart & Southern Regions

Description of program:

Family Support Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month, 7:30pm, at 1 Bowen Road, Moonah. These meetings may include caring and supportive conversation, information sharing, service recommendations, guest speakers on mental health, DVD screenings, and supper.

Eligibility criteria for the program:

Participants need to be supporting someone who has mental health issues.

How to apply for the program: Contact the ARAFMI South Helpline on 6228 7448

Where to go to find out more information:

Email: south@arafmitas.org.au

Web: www.arafmitas.org.au

Phone: (03) 6228 7448

Family Mental Health Support Service

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: Greater Hobart Area and North West region (excluding West Coast).

Description of program:

Family Mental Health Support Service provides support for families and carers of people affected by mental illness.  The service offers information, workshops and referrals, support planning and skill development.

Where to go to find out more information:

Free Call 1800 243 232

Respite Services

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program:

Respite Services offers recreational and in-home support for carers of people with a mental illness. Planned, centre-based care is provided in the north-west.
The Respite Service supports families of people with mental illness, providing flexible, meaningful respite choices with a recovery focus.
Centre-based respite, recreational respite and in-home respite options are available.
Where to go to find out more information:

Coordinator Respite Services – North West
Please call (03) 6424 8581

Coordinator Respite Services – North
Please call (03) 6330 3020

Coordinator Respite Services – South
Please call (03) 6213 3555

Personal Helper and Mentors

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: Sorell and Tasman Peninsula

Description of program:

Personal Helper and Mentors Service provides community based support for people affected by severe and persistent mental illness. The service offers support during recovery.

Where to go to find out more information:

Free call 1800 243 232

Tas Kids Club

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program:

Taz Kidz Clubs provides support to children aged between 7 and 17 years whose parents have a mental illness. The Clubs run after school for eight weeks during the school semester and are designed to provide support and education about mental illness through a variety of creative and artistic projects.

Where to go to find out more information:

Phone: (03) 6213 3555

Champs Camps

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program:

Champs Camps provide support to children aged between 7 and 17 years whose parents have a mental illness. Camps are held over two nights, five times throughout the year simply to give young people and opportunity to get away, let loose and have fun.

Where to go to find out more information:

Phone: (03) 6213 3555

Parenting Support Programs

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Anglicare Tasmania

Regional area where the program is delivered: Statewide

Description of program:

The Parenting Support Program is an early intervention programs designed to support families with parental mental illness.

Where to go to find out more information:

Phone: (03) 6213 3555