If someone in your family is living with a mental illness, meeting regularly with other families in the same situation can help.
Our support groups for families and friends of people living with mental illness meet in Townsville, Cairns and Mackay each month. Come along to discuss issues of concern and to gain a better understanding of the medical, social and economic problems created by mental illness.
The groups have a strong educational and mutual support component and are very important in assisting families manage the impact of mental illness. Some groups are co-facilitated with Carers Queensland.
To find out more about support groups in your area contact your local MIFNQ office
NQ Carer Representative
NQ Mental Health Clinical Cluster have welcomed Colleen Simpson to the role of NQ Carer Representative for the NQ Cluster. Colleen takes over from another MIFNQ staff member, Adrianne Hicks who held this position for many, many years.
Colleen is a social worker by background and is actively involved in supporting carers through her work with Mental Illness Fellowship NQ Inc., in their Cairns office. Colleen is also a member of the Queensland Voice, Carer Support Network (Cairns), Queensland Alliance and is a carer representative on the National COPMI Forum.
Colleen’s areas of interest include early psychosis, COPMI and family mental health.
If NQ carer’s would like to input into NQ mental health service delivery, they can contact Colleen who will be their voice on the NQ Cluster.
P: (07) 4041 2543
F: (07) 4041 2872