October eNews 2016

In this edition:


 Mental Health Week: Keeping children, parents and families in mind


Monash University researchers seek young people’s opionions 

Can you help?

Monash University is seeking the opinions of young people (aged 16-21 years) who live with (or have lived with in the past) a parent who experiences mental illness.

This Monash University study aims to explore and reach consensus about peer support and education for young people in families where a parent has a mental illness.

Participation involves filling out 3 different, confidential online surveys (that take approximately 20-30 minutes each) at specific times advised.

Young people will receive $20 gift voucher per stage of participation (maximum $60).

Access the online survey

Young people interested in participating:

  1. Click on this link.
  2. Read the ‘Explanatory Statement’ and hit the ‘I agree’ button.
  3. You’ll be redirected to the first survey where you can follow the prompts.


Contact Associate Professor Andrea Reupert or call (03) 9902 4587.

Please share this information with any networks or individuals who you think may be interested. 


Recognising grandparent carers this Grandparent’s Day

Sunday October 30 is Grandparents Day in Australia. It acknowledges the vital role that grandparents play in our society, both as custodians of individual and cultural memories and as providers of care, love and guidance to their children and grandchildren.

For parents who become unwell with mental illness, grandparents often step in to help care for their grandkids, or even become full-time parents for the second time around. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their contribution in these families.

Helpful information for grandparents

This following information may be helpful for grandparents who are caring for children when their parent is mentally unwell:

Report findings for professionals

If you are a professional, this is the perfect time to stop and think about grandparent carers too. The report ‘Grandparents raising grandchildren: Towards recognition, respect and reward’ presents findings from the research project ‘Grandparents as Primary Carers of their Grandchildren: A National, State and Territory Analysis’. The research was conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.  


National Carers Week 2016

It’s National Carers Week from 16 to 22 October, when we take the opportunity to raise awareness and recognise the 2.8 million unpaid carers in Australia.

Whether you’re an individual or organisation, why not take 30 seconds to send an online ‘thank you’ and show your support on the official website?

Hey young people… are you a young carer?

Do you do any of the below to help your parent when they’re unwell, like:

  • cooking or cleaning
  • helping them with medication or appointments
  • checking on your parent to make sure they are okay?

If so, then you might be a young carer.

There are lots of young people like you out there – so you’re definitely not alone. Learn more about it here, and the awesome free support available to you!


>Back to top

>Archived emails