Mental Health Week: Importance of respite

Planned Respite is important for the relationship between a carer and their loved one, by ensuring they each have time to invest in their own mental health.

This is especially so for carers of people with a mental illness, of which awareness has been raised throughout the past week during Mental Health Week.

At Centacare Ballarat, a planned respite program provides a break for carers and the opportunity for new experiences for the care recipient.

Funded through the government, participants are taken on social outings and are offered in-home support, skills development and linkage to courses and advocacy.

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Referrals into the Planned Respite program can be made by individuals, carers, family members, community organisations and health professionals by contacting Centacare on 5337 8999.