Family & Parent Services
Family Support Program
At MIFWA we understand that when a person is diagnosed with mental illness they are not the only ones affected by the diagnosis; carers, families and friends are all involved and need help and support. MIFWA’s Family Support Program (FSP) works from a 'The whole family' approach.
The Family Support Program works with up to 25 families (at any one time) in the provision of home and community based support services. The program aims are:
- Promote and assist in the development of resilence and recovery in families.
- Assist in the prevention of unneccessary hardship through early intervention strategies.
- Assist families to participate in community life.
- Reduce the stigma and discrimination relating to mental illness through community education and awareness raising strategies.
We hope to achieve these aims by focusing on:
- Providing education and information about Mental Illness to family members and the wider community.
- Assisting in the development of family driven goal plans.
- Assisting in the development of communication skills, problem solving and healthy coping strategies.
- Assistance to access community facilities and building social networks.
- The development of formal and informal support.
- Referral and linkage to exisiting services.
This service is available to families:
- Who have a child or children under the age of 18 years living at home
- Where there is a family member living with mental illness
- Families who live in the North Metropolitan Health area
Referrals will be accepted from General Practitioners, Mental Health and Allied Health Professionals. Self referrals will also be accepted. If you are interested in making a referral to the program you can download MIFWA's Family Support Program Referral Form.
Our team of Family Support Workers can advise and work with you. For more information call us at MIFWA's Midland Office Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on (08) 9237 8900 or you can download the Family Support Program brochure.
Support for Parents living with mental illness
MIFWA's Parent Peer Support Program works alongside the Family Support Program.
This program provides support for parents living with mental illness by trained Parent Peer Support Workers. These workers have a direct lived experience of what it is like to be a parent with mental illness and are at a point in their recovery where they can offer hope and support to families in similar circumstances.
- A strength based approached with a focus on recovery.
- One to one support to develop goals and plan ways to achieve the life you want.
- Assistance to access resources, programs and services in your local community.
- Education, advocacy and promotion of the needs of families where parents are living with mental illness.
The Parent Peer Support Program is available to parents:
- Living with a mental illness who have at least one child under the age of 18 years living at home
- Who live in the North Metropolitan Health Region
Referrals will be accepted from government and non government agencies in the North Metropolitan Health Area, as well as self referrals.
Download Parent Peer Support Program brochure.
For more information call us at MIFWA's Midland Office Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on (08) 9237 8900.