Empowering Carers for Mental Health Since 1974.

The Peak Body for Mental Health Carers in NSW.

About Mental Health Carers 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

Join our Mental Health Carer Advocacy Network!

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.

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Advocacy & Policy

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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We run a range of free training and education sessions for carers, online and in person events, information webinars, and lots more – check out what we are doing in 2023!

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Carer Rights Under the Mental Health Act

All mental health carers

Not sure what your rights are as a carer under the Mental Health Act? Check out our brochure series on your rights as a mental health carer under the Act.

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Looking after yourself

All mental health carers

It’s important to look after yourself as a carer. Check out our helpful info + tips about how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

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First Nations carers

Diverse mental health carers

Helpful info + support for First Nations Carers.

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How to talk to someone if you’re worried about their mental health

All mental health carers

If you’re worried that your loved one is becoming unwell, check out our helpful tips on how to have the conversation here.

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Young carers

Diverse mental health carers

Helpful info + support for young carers.

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Carer Payments + Financial Assistance

All mental health carers

Check out what payments you may be eligible for as a carer and where to get help with your finances.

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We’re looking for a Policy Manager! We’re looking for a Policy Manager!

2nd February, 2023

Are you passionate about mental health reform and ensuring people’s voices are heard for systemic change? Do you have experience working in non-government organisations focusing on policy research and advocacy? Do you have the skills and experience to manage and lead a team? We’re looking for you! We are excited to announce that we are […]

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We’re looking for an Administration Officer! We’re looking for an Administration Officer!

2nd February, 2023

Are you passionate about mental health reform and ensuring people’s voices are heard for systemic change? Do you have experience working in an administrative setting and working within a diverse team? Do you have a knack for organisation and efficiency? We are looking for you! We are excited to announce that we are seeking a […]

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Submission to the Disability Royal Commission Dec 2022 Submission to the Disability Royal Commission Dec 2022

10th January, 2023

Mental Health Carers NSW (MHCN) advocates for carers and friends supporting persons experiencing mental ill health and distress, including psychosocial disability, which is a term “used to describe the challenges, or limits, a person experiences in life that are related to their mental health condition” (MHCC 2021).

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Mental Health Carers NSW Weekly Digest 2023 Mental Health Carers NSW Weekly Digest 2023

10th January, 2023

If you’ve missed our weekly e-news, don’t fret! We regularly post our e-newsletter on our website, so you can catch up on anything you’ve missed.

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Mental Health Carer’s Weekly Digest 2022 Mental Health Carer’s Weekly Digest 2022

9th January, 2023

If you’ve missed our weekly e-news, don’t fret! We regularly post our e-newsletter on our website, so you can catch up on anything you’ve missed.

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MHCN Board Election Candidates 2022 MHCN Board Election Candidates 2022

25th October, 2022

For many years Jenny had no referrals for supports for herself as a carer, so in 1990, taking the initiative, she was elected Chair of the Anxiety Disorders Alliance (ADA), a Standing Committee of the NSW Mental Health Association (MHA), a position she held until 2006.

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Check out our Carer Service Directory!

Check out our Carer Service Directory!

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.

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Are you looking for a break?

Are you looking for a break?

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.

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Passionate about advocating for change for carers?

Passionate about advocating for change for carers?

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.

Advocate For Change

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