Empowering Carers for Mental Health Since 1974.
The Peak Body for Mental Health Carers in NSW.
As the peak body, MHCN works with and for mental health in carers NSW. We represent the voices and lived experience of carers which help us to advocate systemically for mental health reform.Learn More About MHCN
Our Network is a community engagement program designed by and for mental health carers, families and friends, and free to join. Our Network is the heart of what we do at MHCN – driven by the lived experience of carers.Become A Member
MHCN provides a collective voice for carer needs and issues and advocates for government and non-government organisations to engage lived experience in their work.How We Advocate
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If you’re worried that your loved one is becoming unwell, check out our helpful tips on how to have the conversation here.View Resource
20th July, 2023
Mental Health Carers NSW is developing seven new resources for carers. These resources will help inform carers about some of the challenges they may encounter whilst caring for their loved ones, family members, friends or persons living with a mental health condition. In partnership with the Family and Carer Mental Health program and NSW Health, […]Read Article
12th July, 2023
We run a range of free education and training sessions, designed to inform, empower, and support carers and the people that they care for. Our training courses embody an appreciation for lived experience – all courses have been through a co-review or co-design process with mental health carers and are delivered by a carer peer, […]Read Article
8th July, 2023
About MHCN MHCN is the peak body for mental health carers in NSW. Founded as ARAFMI in 1974 by social worker Margaret Lukes, she believed there needed to be more support for families, friends and carers of people living with a mental illness. Mental health carers are people who support friends, partners, members of their […]Read Article
29th May, 2023
On 28 March 2021, the Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 (MHCIFPA) replaced the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990. We will explain:1.Changes under the new Act2.Carer’s Rights3.Victim’s Rights4.Terms in the new Forensic Provisions Act Modern language – changes in terms such as ‘suffering’ and ‘disease of the mind’ to describe mental […]Read Article
18th May, 2023
The Mental Health Branch (MHB) at the NSW Ministry of Health, has commenced a review of forms created to assist in the administration of the Mental Health Act 2007. The Forms were created when the Act commenced in 2007 and are used to assist clinicians communicate with consumers and carers and to meet the legal […]Read Article
18th May, 2023
ABOUT MHCN MHCN is the peak body for mental health carers in NSW. Founded as ARAFMI in 1974 by social worker Margaret Lukes, she believed there needed to be more support for families, friends and carers of people living with a mental illness. Mental health carers are people who support friends, partners, members of their […]Read Article
Are you a carer or family member looking for local supports and services but not sure where to look? Our Directory can help you find what you’re looking for.
See if you’re eligible to go into the draw to potentially win one of our Eunice Lonergan Carer Respite Grants’ to take a short holiday away from your caring duties.
Come along to our Carer Connections Meetings, a monthly online meeting for carers to connect with each other, and to work together and identify and address carer issues.