During the COVID-19 health pandemic, Carers SA is fully committed to supporting South Australian carers (click here to learn more). If you need assistance during this time, please call us on 1800 422 737

Caring for
Someone with
a Mental


Are you caring for someone with a mental health illness?

There are many different types of mental health conditions. They can range from mild disorders lasting only a few weeks, through to severe illnesses that can be life-long and cause serious disability. Supporting a person with a condition that affects their mood, thinking and behaviour can be difficult and confusing. We can help you.


Taking care of yourself

  • We understand that you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself. Learn more about identifying your own needs, and taking steps to meet them.

    taking care of you
  • Caring can be rewarding, but sometimes the demands of caring can bring up a range of emotions. If you want to speak to someone separate from your situation, in confidence, our Counselling program can help you.


Are you looking for someone to talk to?

Our friendly, knowledgeable team are on hand to help you work through the emotions and challenges carers face everyday. We can provide advice, support and information specific to your situation. Get Advice.

Would you prefer to meet face to face with staff or other carers in your situation to share tips on how to make caring easier, or information on local services, in a relaxed, social environment?

We offer Carer Support in a wide range of forms, such as activity groups, support sessions, social outings, retreats and educational workshops. Individual local support can also be provided over the phone or by making a time to meet with one of our friendly staff.

NDIS Information

The NDIS is a new system providing support and services to people with significant and permanent disability, being rolled out across Australia. To access the NDIS, the person you care for must be under the age of 65, and once eligibility is confirmed, this NDIS support will continue throughout their life.

Carers SA staff can help you to navigate the NDIS system with our information, workshops and resources.

Find out more

  • Do you need respite?

    There can be many times when caring for someone with a mental illness can be challenging. Their condition may cause them to think, feel or behave in ways that are difficult to understand. Don’t be reluctant to let people know you need a break.

    Do you need a break?
  • Plan Ahead

    As a carer, you may need to make legal, financial, medical or lifestyle decisions on behalf of the person you’re caring for. It’s important to plan ahead.

    Prepare for the future