National study of mental health carers to be launched in Sydney on 14 May
07 May 2012
A national, ground-breaking study of more than 1000 people who have cared for a family member with a mental health issue will be launched in Sydney on Monday, 14 May, 2012 at 10.30 am at the Wesley Centre, Sydney.
Wesley Mission commissioned research consultants Urbis to undertake the study to provide insight into the experiences, challenges and coping approaches of caregivers who have a family member/partner with mental health issues.
“There has been limited research into this topic,” said the CEO of Wesley Mission the Rev Dr Keith Garner. “The Wesley Report shows that caregivers are the unsung heroes of our community.”
The report Keeping minds well: Caring till it hurts will be launched by the Rev Dr Keith Garner and Commissioner Peter Bicknell of the National Mental Health Council. It also contains eight key policy recommendations for government, the sector and the community.
The quantitative research involved a national online survey of more than 1000 caregivers across Australia who completed a questionnaire. Fieldwork quotas were set to ensure full geographic coverage (by State/Territory).
Survey respondents had to have an immediate relative/partner with a mental health issue, either at the time the questionnaire was completed or prior to completion and; report that their life had been affected by the relative/partner’s mental health issue to some degree.
Wesley Report: Keeping minds well: Caring till it hurts
Launch Date: Monday 14 May, 2012
Time: 10.30 am
Where: Wesley Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney
Keynote speakers: the Rev Dr Keith Garner, CEO of Wesley Mission and Commissioner Peter Bicknell of the National Mental Health Council
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