Mental Health Respite: Carer Support (Cairns and Surrounding Areas)

Anglicare Mental Health Respite, Carer Support delivers holistic services to carers, families, neighbours, parents, partners or siblings caring for someone with a mental illness, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. Mental Health Respite Carer Support works to meet the needs of carers and care recipients impacted by disability, incorporating a respectful and empathetic approach toward promoting growth, recovery and wellness in all service delivery options within Cairns and Surrounding Regions.

Anglicare Carer Support program works with Carers in the development of strategies that promote and enhance their own physical health and well-being, strengthens their relationships and maintains linkages within their communities.  This program tailors flexible support which enables carers and/or significant others to find a balance in their own lives whilst maintaining their caring role.

Mental Health Respite assists with long term planning for respite from care by sourcing appropriate & alternative options that increase opportunities for regular ‘time out’, determine appropriate supports & assistance, including brokerage for carers based on a needs assessment and offers information and referral to other community services, programs or activities that enhance personal capacity and support the carer to regain own ‘identity’ outside of the caring role.

Mental Health Respite can provide emotional and moral support and identify practical coping strategies by planning for self-care & effective decision making, including planning for and maintaining physical health, social and emotional well-being. This includes supporting carers to strategically create and maintain sustainable strategies that focus on emotional wellness for themselves and the person they care for, plus identify and assist to strengthen natural supports of carers which enhance their individual coping skills and develop sustainable self-management practices to improve problem solving ability in times of a crisis.

Mental Health Respite can deliver or facilitate educational workshops or projects, social and recreational activities and work collaboratively within the sector to maximise and strengthen linkag