A national survey of 1000 Australians has revealed the vast majority of relatives of people with a mental illness are suffering physically and mentally. The report by the Wesley Mission has found many carers, especially young carers, are reluctant to ask for help because of the stigma associated with both caregiving and mental illness. The report is called Keeping Minds Well: Caring Until It Hurts.
- The full report is available. (PDF)
- A summary of the main findings is also available. (PDF)
- The group has also published policy recommendations. (PDF)
You can also hear a quick interview from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s AM with Tony Eastley about this survey. According to their web site, the Wesley Mission provides ministry to ‘the vulnerable and marginalised. It includes the lonely, hurt and fragile, the homeless, mentally ill, aged, disabled, unemployed.’