Family and Carer Mental Health Program

Do you care for somebody with a mental illness?

Mission Australia’s Family and Carer Mental Health Program (FCMHP) provides free support for families and carers of people with a mental illness. The program offers information, education and skill development to help carers fulfil their role while maintaining their own health and wellbeing.

The program assists:

  • Families and carers of people living with a mental illness
  • Carer support groups and networks
  • Mental health services
  • Non-government organisations and other service providers

FCMHP aims to:

  • Improve the coping, knowledge and management skills of carers
  • Enhance the wellbeing, resilience and relationships of carers
  • Improve professional and service responsiveness to the needs of carers
  • Enhance relationships between carers and mental health services
  • Improve health and wellbeing of people living with a mental illness

Download a flyer to learn more.

You can contact the program on the following numbers:

Lismore, Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Grafton, Yamba
(02) 6623 7401

Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Bellingen, Macksville, Nambucca, Bowraville
(02) 6658 7831

Port Macquarie, Kempsey
(02) 6589 5017

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.