Date: 21 Aug 2013
HORSHAM’S Fiona Nuske has been her daughter’s carer since she developed mental health issues four years ago at just 13.
See your ad hereAnd, after attending The Mental Health Service (THEMHS) Conference in Melbourne this week, she has learnt even more about how to help not just her daughter, but also herself.
“I didn’t know who to approach or what support services were available,” Ms Nuske said.
“But at the conference, they encouraged carers to approach the clinicians about care plans, not to hold back but to feel part of it.
“They told us it’s a lived experience, where you live through it with the person with the mental illness. They also said you need to look after yourself as well as your loved one.”
Ms Nuske said she also didn’t realise caring for a person should also encompass the whole family, from the diagnosis through to the treatment and any crisis management.
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