New support group for mental health carers in Woodvale

Carer Support Team members Corrine Maslin, Faye Pope, Maria Tsovleas, Kate Haydock, Jennie van Driel and Jill Broom.
Carer Support Team members Corrine Maslin, Faye Pope, Maria Tsovleas, Kate Haydock, Jennie van Driel and Jill Broom.

CARERS for people with bipolar and other mental health issues can access support through a new group forming in the northern suburbs.

Developed by Even Keel Bipolar Support Association in partnership with Soroptimist International of Joondalup, the group has its inaugural meeting on February 19 in Woodvale.

With one in 50 people developing bipolar, group member Jennie van Driel said the support network was established through a “genuine concern” that the need for carers of people with mental illnesses had not been met.

“Caring for a family member with a mental illness can be frightening, exhausting and confusing,” she said.

“Soroptimist International of Joondalup is a women’s service club and our service is to help in our community where it is needed.

“Two of our members are also on the Board of Even Keel Bipolar and Mental Health Association and they could see there was a need to support and offer empathy and information to these carers.”

Ms van Driel said the partnership would offer the friendship, support and clinical information on treatment and other relevant organisations to assist carers’ needs.

“Our meetings are held in a friendly informal group setting and are facilitated by people who understand what you are going through,” she said.

“Through our meetings we provide the opportunity for family, friends and those with similar experiences support, information on treatment and other relevant organisations to contact.”

Support services offered will be in Joondalup and Wanneroo.

For more information and meeting locations, call Jennie van Driel on 9300 4752.

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