Carers Support and Skills Development Program
The Multicultural Carers Support and Skills Development Program at Ishar is funded by the Department of Health Mental Health Division, and provides a range of free holistic services to CaLD Carers of people with a mental illness. This includes individual counseling, group therapy and group counseling, social support groups, psycho-education, information and referrals, short weekend retreats, conferences, community events and celebrations.
The program enables Ishar to provide a program for male and female carers aged 18 years and older, from CaLD communities throughout the metropolitan region who care for a family member or significant other with mental health problems.
Aims of the program
- To provide a CaLD Carer Support Service that focuses on the emotional, social, cultural, religious and linguistic needs of the carer
- To represent CaLD carers’ interests and strengthen networks and liaisons with key agencies in relation to carer support and skills development
Who can access our services?
- Carers of family members with a mental illness.
- Carers from a migrant or refugee background.
- Carers feeling low and in need of someone to talk to
- Carers seeking the support and company of other people in similar situations
What programs are available?
- Group programs – exercise classes, art, meditation, creative imagery and many more.
- Personal counselling – to talk about issues and get comfort during trying times
- Information sessions – Monthly information sessions on mental health topics such as eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, autism and more. These information sessions are delivered by experts in the field.
- Training – Regular training programs are provided to help carers learn new skills to carry out their caring role in a more effective manner. Bilingual workers are also trained to do outreach work with multicultural communities.
Where do we meet?
The program is a metro wide service and operates in the following locations:
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
21Sudbury Road, Mirrabooka.
Tuesday –Thursday, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Bentley Location- Richmond Fellowship
Tuesdays during school term, 10:30am-12:30pm. Richmond Fellowship, Unit 1 / 1159 Albany Highway, Bentley.
For more information please Contact Ishar.
ARAFMI – www.arafmi.asn.au
MIFWA – www.mifa.org.au/mifwa (Mental Illness Fellowship of WA)
Fremantle Multicultural Centre Inc. - www4.fmcwa.com.au
Richmond Fellowship of WA – www.rfwa.org.au
Carers Self Education Links
Carers Recognition Act 2004 - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html
Carers Advisory Council - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html
Carer involvement Framework - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html
Carer Involvement Framework Literature Review - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html
Support for Carers - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html
A Review of Counselling Services Available to Carers in Western Australia - www.disability.wa.gov.ay/publication/carers.html