Date: Tuesday 2nd March
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am
Do you have experience as a family member or carer of a parent, child or young person living with a mental illness?
Are you a professional or volunteer who supports parents, children and young people living with mental illness?
Are you interested in advocacy for young people, children, families and mental health?
Families with children and young people come in many different shapes and forms and share many different diverse stories. Mental illness is not uncommon in families and it doesn’t just affect one person but can affect the family as a whole.
MHCN’s Workshop for Young People and Families is all about what people are doing to change the mental health system so that when one person experiences mental ill health everyone in the family is supported. This means support for both parents and children. And it means support for both the person experiencing mental ill health and their family, their children, their siblings and parents.
Tell MHCN about what is important to you and be heard! What do you think are the most important issues facing young people and families in the mental health system? How do you want to hear from organisations about those issues? Would you like to get involved in mental health reform? How can organisations support you to get involved?
Hear the latest updates on Young People and Families from the Ministry of Health and ask questions! Amy Shearden will speak about what the Family Focused Recovery Framework means for families where a parent has a mental illness and how it is being implemented across NSW. Michael Bowden will speak about improving the mental health response for children, young people, and families in light of some of the challenges posed by emergencies like COVID-19. There will be a moderated Q&A session following each speaker.
Learn about being a young carer from Carers NSW! The Young Carer team from Carers NSW will be presenting on the experiences of young carers and will talk about the types of support that young carers can access. The team will be joined by John, a young carer who is 20 years old and cares for his mother who lives with mental illness.