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  • Get as much information as you can about the illness through websites, forums and community mental health support groups.
  • Look after yourself by setting time aside to pursue activities that you enjoy and spend time with loved ones who are not affected by the situation.
  • Be aware of your own safety when caring for someone with a severe mental illness. If you ever feel threatened or unsafe, it is important that you remove yourself (and any children) from danger straight away.
  • Call the SANE Helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263) for details of mental health support groups and other mental health services for family carers in your local area. 
  • Contact Centrelink on 13 27 17 or Carelink on 1800 052 222 to find out about government benefits and services for family carers as well as for people experiencing mental illness.
  • Call Carers Australia on 1800 242 636 to get details of local carers associations and their services

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Reviewed on: 18-09-2015