Mental Health Carers NSW (‘MHCN’) auspiced the Australian BPD Foundation NSW Branch, which was established in 2016, until the beginning of 2019. Kate Lewis is now the secretariat of the NSW Branch and will be organising future meetings.
To become a member of the Australian BPD Foundation NSW Branch, you need to become a member of the Foundation. Individual membership of the Foundation is free and you will remain a member until you opt out. Click here to access the membership page or send us an email.
Mental Health Carers (NSW) in conjunction with the Australian BPD Foundation have developed a Guide to Services for BPD in NSW.
Navigating the NSW Mental Health System : Navigating the NSW Mental Health System
A website run by the NSW Mental Health Commission
NB. Not BPD specific
These easy read information sheets developed by the University of NSW provide information on finding accessing and using mental health services in NSW.
The information sheets are for people with intellectual disability and for people who prefer simple written information.
a 24-hour telephone service operating seven days a week across NSW. 1800 011 511 (24 hrs)
02 9391 9000
Search for a Mental Health Service in NSW or Tel: 1300 794 991 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm)
..... is a partnership between the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute at the University of Wollongong and the NSW Ministry for Health and Local NSW Health Districts. It seeks to engage the community, families, carers, consumers and health and drug and alcohol services and agencies, to support better treatments for personality disorders.
Their website has a lot of useful information/fact sheets for consumers, carers and clinicians including a service directory.
..........is the independent, NSW peak organisation speaking with and for people with lived/living experience of mental health issues and emotional distress. Their primary focus is to ensure the voices of people with mental health issues are heard by decision makers, service providers, and the community, to lead and influence systemic change in services and systems.
Mental Health Carers NSW provides support and advocacy for families and friends of people living with a mental illness or disorder. If you have just discovered that a family member or friend has a mental illness or disorder you may be feeling shocked, confused and afraid. There is a solution to these feelings of despair if you know what to expect or how best to help the person you care for.
MHCN reaches out with friendship and understanding to all whose lives are touched by a mental health problem. Our aim is to maintain and improve existing levels of support and crisis resolution to all relatives and friends of people with a mental illness, including:
•Connect families to support services and information
•Carers in rural NSW
•Carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
•Carers from non-English speaking (CALD) backgrounds
•Young people, especially siblings and children of people living with a mental illness.
Call their Carer Connections Line: 02 9332 0700 (Local) or 1300 554 660 (National)
ARAFMI Illawarra is an organisation which provides support and advocacy to families and carers of people living with a mental illness. It works towards better services for both mental health consumers and carers, and promoted understanding of the issues surrounding mental health and care in the community.
T: (02) 4283 3993
(02) 4283 3499
A: 17 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519
Hours: 9am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Friday
T: (02) 4922 1546.
A: 32 Brunker Road, Broadmeadow (Samaritans Building)
Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Services provided for carers.
Central Coast ARAFMI is a grassroots organisation which provides support and services for families, carers, and consumers, including children and adolescents who have a family member who experiences mental illness.
T: (02) 4323 7731
A: 21 Bellbowrie Ave, Narara NSW 2250 (Head Office)
6 Community Road, Bateau Bay, NSW 2261 (Yakkalla Social Recreation Program)
Hours: 9am – 4.30pm, Monday to Thursday
Services provided for carers.
NSW Health funds five Non Government Organisations (NGOs) to provide Mental Health Family and Carer Support Services across NSW. There is one NGO service provider in each Local Health District. It is the role of these NGOs to provide:
Education and training packages which teach families and carers about mental illness and its management and help to build coping skills and resilience; Individual support and advocacy services for families and carers of people with a mental illness; and Infrastructure support for peer support groups.
For health care complaints including mental health care: Health Care Complaints Commission
For complaints about mental health inpatient services: Official Visitors Program
Mental Health Tribunal reviews decisions on involuntary treatment. Anyone who is being treated under the Mental Health Act can contact the mental health advocacy service for assistance with tribunal hearings