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Families, Friends and Carers

Families, Friends and Carers

Our Mental Health Service values the role that families and carers play in supporting someone with mental health issues.
We want to work with you as a partner in the care we provide.
We also want to support you as you support the person you care about.
Staff within our service can assist you. There are also resources and other services that may be helpful.

Services for families, friends and carers

Family and Carer Mental Health Program - Parramatta Mission

Through the Family & Carer Mental Health Program, Parramatta Mission provides:

  • Individual support for family members and carers.
  • A range of workshops to help family members and carers learn about mental health problems, how they can support the person they care about, and how to look after their own wellbeing.
  • Support Groups for carers to connect, share and learn together.

Phone: 8880 8160

Respite Services

Respite services include activities and outings for family members and carers, regular planned respite, emergency respite arrangements, support, information and special events.

There are three organisations that provide respite services for people who care for someone with a mental health issue in the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

Flourish Australia  and Anglicare provide this service for most of the area, however this service is provided by CareWest to people in the Lithgow area. Contact the following organisations to find out more.

Respite services include emergency respite arrangements, regular planned respite, support, information and special events.

Flourish Australia 02 9393 9210
Anglicare 1800 052 222
Live Better 1800 580 580 (Greater Lithgow area)

Carers NSW

Carers NSW provides a range of services for family members and carers. The Carer Line provides information, emotional support and referrals to other organisations. They have a support program for young people who are carers. They also have an online education program for carers of people with mental health problems called ‘Mental Health Foundations for Carers’.

Carer Line: 1800 242 636

Support Groups 

Penrith Carer Support Group

Penrith Carer Support Group

When: 1st Thursday of the month

Time: 10.00am-12.00pm

Location: Headspace Penrith, Ground Floor – 606 High Street, Penrith)

Hawkesbury Carer Support Group

When: 3rd Thursday of the month

Time: 10.00am-12.00pm

Location: Rozzoli Room, Windsor Library, 300 George Street, Windsor

Lithgow Carer Support Group

When: 4th Thursday of the month

Time: 1.00pm -3.00pm

Location: Lithgow Library, 157 Main Street, Lithgow

Katoomba Carer Support Group (for women only)

When: Last Friday of the month

Time: 10.15am-1.00pm

Location: Women’s Resource Centre, 124 Lurline Street, Katoomba


For further information please contact:

Family and Carer Mental Health Program

Phone: 8880 8160

Information and Support

There are a range of organisations that provide information and support to people who support someone with mental health issues. Visit their websites for fact sheets and other resources. They can also answer questions and provide support over the phone.

Mental Health Association of NSW

Offers information and education advice about protecting mental health, mutual support and advocacy services.

1300 794 991

Mental Health Carers NSW

Provides support and advocacy for families and friends with mental illness or disorder.

1300 554 660

One Door Mental Health

Provides services for people with mental illness, their families and carers.

1800 843 539


beyondblue is the national initiative to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, providing resources for recovery, management and resilience.

1300 224 636


eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 - 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional

1800 650 890


SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness.

1800 187 263

Information Sheets

Mental illness and recovery

Mental health services

Mental health staff

Helpful questions to ask

Who to contact if you need help 

Non-Government mental health services

Children of parents with a mental illness

Voluntary and involuntary admission to hospital

Complete contacts guide

Designated Carer

Drug Alcohol and Mental Health Services

Families and the mental health service

Mental Health services for children and young people




Wednesday, 6 February 2019 11:44:40 AM