You Need Support Too

Summer sunsets are all we needOur Family & Carers’ program offers support through group sessions to equip participants with the tools they need to create more stability in their lives and that of their loved one.

Participants will benefit from the support of a compassionate group who listens without judgement. You can learn to:

  • Understand your role.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding about mental health.
  • Develop an informed and objective approach to recovery, rehabilitation and quality of life.
  • Share your story confidentially and in a supportive environment.
  • Develop coping strategies guided by skilled health professionals.
  • Access a supportive network of people who are experiencing similar circumstances.

Supporters are encouraged to attend the Inpatient Carers’ Support Group during the time of a patient’s hospitalisation and to continue to attend the Family & Carers’ Support Group post-discharge.

Contact us for information on attendance and bookings.

Inpatient Carers’ Support Group

Offered weekly, three-hour evening session

These groups are only available to carers of patients who are currently undergoing treatment at Abbotsford.

Participants receive an overview of the hospital and a detailed explanation of our treatment programs. The discharge process is discussed and we address any questions participants may have. Post-discharge support is also outlined.

The open group format allows family and carers to attend sessions as frequently or as infrequently as they like, when they feel they need support throughout a patient’s treatment. A referral is not required for this group.

Family & Carers’ Support Group

Offered weekly, three-hour evening session (12-week program)

Carers do not need to have a patient undergoing treatment at Abbotsford to attend this group.

This open evening group is conducted throughout the year with a 12-week cycle. It focuses on interactive discussions of experiences, while developing coping skills and strategies.

Two groups run concurrently:

  • A support group for those whose loved one suffers both a mental illness and a substance misuse issue.
  • A support group for those whose loved one has a substance misuse issue without a significant mental health problem.

Specific topics are presented by invited psychiatrists, medical practitioners, psychologists, police, hospital staff, social workers, recovered addicts and external agencies such as the Mental Health Law Centre.

A calendar of events also runs throughout the year offering training sessions in CPR, communication skills, management of aggression and legislative changes.