Caring for a child with a disability or chronic health condition can be challenging. It is important to be mindful of your own mental health, that of your partner and other children and access support and/or counselling when necessary.
There are a number of counselling services available for carers. Use the link below to download our leaflet on free and low cost counselling services.
It may also be wise to investigate:
Better Access To Mental Health Care Plan
If you feel that you or another member of your family would benefit from support or counselling, it’s a good idea to speak with your General Practitioner (GP) about a ‘Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan’.
If eligible, this Plan will provide up to 10 individual and 10 group sessions with a psychologist, mental healthcare social worker or some occupational therapists. A Medicare rebate for these sessions is applicable, however, there is usually a gap fee. Your GP can also refer you to a psychiatrist where necessary.
Joining an on-line or in-person peer support group is a good way to help reduce feelings of isolation.
Kalparrin hosts Western Australia’s largest, non-diagnosis-specific, online peer support group. It is also useful to join a support group specific to your child’s condition. Having others with whom to share your experiences and gather valuable insight will help you to understand that you are not alone on this journey.
For more information, contact one of our friendly Family Support Officers, all of whom have personal experience of raising a child with additional needs.