Mental Health Carer Support Group

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Supporting someone who is living with mental illness can take a toll on your own health. That is why One Door Mental Health, in collaboration with Intereach, is starting a new Carer Support Group in Deniliquin. 

The group will meet for the first time this Monday, April 1, at the Intereach Community Hub in Trickett St, Deniliquin. 

One Door Mental Health carer advocate Michelle Conroy will facilitate the group, which will provide “more practical than clinical” support to people in a caring role.

“This is about getting together with people who are in the same boat as you and sharing information and practical advice that can be used to help each other. There are a lot of people caring for someone living with mental illness; the group’s an opportunity to find recognition and reassurance about your own situation alongside others who may have a greater understanding. Ensuring carers get the support they need and to be able to talk to others who have similar experiences can be just as important to maintain their own health and wellbeing. There will also be information about other support services available that may be able to help, as well as some of my homemade slice for morning tea!

Mrs Conroy has both professional and lived experience in caring for someone with mental illness and has been attending Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group catch-ups in recent times to gain a better understanding of local issues.

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"I believe there is a strong need for this group in Deni and the surrounding area and I encourage everyone who is caring for someone with mental health issues to attend. It can help improve welfare, coping mechanisms, resilience, knowledge, relationships and management skills at home, and you can expect to find a caring environment at each group catch-up."

Michelle Conroy - One Door Mental Health carer advocate

One Door Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation offering support, information, education and advocacy for people living with mental illness, their families and carers. 

People can self-refer to the Carer Support Group, which is provided free of charge, and the person they’re caring for does not have to have a formal diagnosis. 

For more information, please call Michelle Conroy on 0481 010 728The first Carer Support Group meeting will be held at Intereach between 10.30am-12pm.