Today my Mental Health Week focus is on Mental Health Carers Australia.
Formerly known as ARAFMI (Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill) Mental Health Carers Australia’s mission is to represent at a national level the interests and concerns of families and others voluntarily caring for people with mental illness throughout Australia.
Initially founded through the grassroots efforts of mental health carers as the national network of Arafmi services, Mental Health Carers Australia seeks to:
-Advocate on behalf of carers
-Explore and strengthen the mental health caring role
-Develop knowledge, improve skills and offer support to reduce isolation and enhance the caring journey
The Mental Health Carers Australia member organisations services across Australia are:
-Mental Health Carers Tasmania
-Arafmi Mental Health Carers and Friends Association (WA) Inc
-Mental Illness Fellowship NT
-Mental Health Carers Arafmi Qld
The first ARAFMI group was formed in Sydney in 1975 by a concerned group of carers who identified the need for a service that would specifically address the concerns of carers, relatives and friends.
The movement quickly spread to other States and to the Territories and ARAFMI became the primary provider of services for carers of people with a mental illness in Australia.
The Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia was incorporated in October 1998.
In 2016 the organisation is known as Mental Health Carers Australia.
The Wilted Rose
The Wilted Rose is the story of one Australian family’s struggle with mental illness during the 1960s and 70s. The story depicts the rise and fall of ambitious young woman Sarah Ross, whose pursuit of a nursing career in the 1950s is challenged by tradition and religion. After Sarah’s mental health deteriorates, her dedicated husband Jack adopts the role of her carer, and their daughter Grace must survive adolescence through great adversity, before their family finally receive a definitive diagnosis for Sarah’s condition. The Wilted Rose is a moving story of passion, heartache, and unbreakable family bonds.