How can I get support and connect with other carers?
There are several ways in which you can seek support. If your life is in danger, please call 000.
If you not in danger but need immediate support for your mental health, consider calling:
- Lifeline’s 24 hour telephone counselling service on 13 11 14.
Between 6pm and midnight AEST, you can text: 0477 13 11 14.
You can also visit lifeline.org.au/
- Suicide Call Back Service’s 24 hour telephone counselling service on 1300 659 467.
You can also visit https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/.
- Beyond Blue’s Support Service on 1300 22 46 36.
You can also visit beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support
- SANE Australia’s telephone counselling service between 10am and 10pm Monday to Friday AEST on 1800 187 263.
You can also visit https://www.sane.org/counselling-support/sane-support-services.
Carers can also visit the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway. The website and phone line [1800 422 737] are an entry point for carers to access practical information and advice, online supports, and local services.
If you are looking to connect with the Carers Association closest to you, please select the relevant state or territory below.
Carers Queensland is the state carer organisation for Queensland.
Carers NSW is the state carer organisation for New South Wales.
Carers ACT is the territory carer organisation for the ACT.
Carers Victoria is the state carer organisation for Victoria.
Carers SA is the state carer organisation for South Australia.
Carers TAS is the state carer organisation for Tasmania.
Carers WA is the local state Carers Association for Western Australia.
Carers NT is the territory carer organisation for the Northern Territory.
Are you a Young Carer?
Young carers are people up to 25 years old who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, a physical or mental illness, a substance dependency, or who is aged. There are 235,500 young carers in Australia.
If you identify as a young carer, you may want to connect with the Young Carers Network.
What is Carers Australia?
Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. Carers Australia advocates and lobbies on a wide range of issues that affect carers. We also manage the delivery of national programs, support and services for carers across Australia.
We work in collaboration with carers, Carers Associations, government and peak bodies to develop policy, advocacy, programs and events to improve the lives of Australia’s 2.7 million carers.
To contact Carers Australia about this project or generally, please call (02) 6122 9900 or email [email protected].