Information for consumers and carers 

 

Hospital Emergency Departments also provide mental health triage and access to services | In life-threatening situations call 000 for immediate help.

Family and carer resources

Navigator’s guide for family and friends

The Navigator’s guide for family and friends has been developed to help families and friends negotiate their way through mental health services within the HNE region.  People experiencing a mental illness or health problem may be unclear who to contact and speak to, especially if they are in crisis or experiencing a mental health issue for the first time. The first person they may turn to is their partner, parents, brothers and sisters, someone they live with or a close friend.

This guide was developed by consumers, carers and clinicians including staff from our health services and a number of non-government organisations, who regularly come into contact with families and carers and appreciate the difficulties they often face.  It has been produced by HNE Mental Health in partnership with the Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Hunter Branch -The guide is currently in the process of being updated.

Section 1

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Welcome/Introduction - Contents - Guide - Acknowledgements

​November 2013

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About HNE Mental Health

​February 2013

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What to do in emergency or crisis

​November 2014

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Community mental health services

​August 2015

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Adult hospital inpatient services

​February 2013

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Aboriginal services and support

​February 2013

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Family information and support

​February 2013

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Child and adolescent mental health services

​March 2013

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You are not alone - support, advocacy and complaints

​April 2013

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Understanding involuntary treatment

​March 2016

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Guardianship and financial management in NSW

​September 2008

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Alcohol, drugs and mental health services

​April 2010

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Getting help early for psychosis

​September 2008

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Rehabilitation and recovery

​March 2013

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Getting the best from prescribed medication

​September 2008

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Carers rights and responsibilities

​March 2013

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Take good care of yourself

​May 2015

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Young carers

​February 2015

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Children of parents with mental illness

​July 2013

​Fact Sheet: Changes to Mental Health Act 2014 carer fact sheet

​February 2016


Section 2

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Employment and Recovery

​September 2014

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Education and study

​September 2014

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Preventing mental illness

​November 2011

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Healthy living - health, nutrition and exercise

​February 2013

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Mental health services for older people

​February 2013

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Court liaison

​February 2013

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Multicultural information and services

​February 2013

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Voluntary admission to a mental health unit

​August 2015

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Preparing for discharge

​March 2013

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About mental health - useful websites

​April 2013

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Stigma

​September 2008

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Safe start

​September 2008

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Illness, meaning and spirituality

​April 2010

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Respite

​September 2008

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Smoke-free policy

​March 2013


Other resources

Fact sheets, information sheets and brochures

Useful links

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