Support program for carers of mentally ill

CARERS of people with a mental illness who participated in a Well Ways family education program experienced significantly lower levels of worry, tension, urging and distress than caregivers who did not undergo the program.

Well Ways programs are delivered through structured workshops run by carers of mentally ill individuals who have had special training.

The workshops include group discussion, videos and practical demonstrations.

The improvements were sustained at six months and were more profound among female caregivers.

ANZ J Psych, 2011: 45;45-53