The Mental Health Act 2014 recognises the importance of persons who provide personal support to people with a mental illness and provides these persons with rights. They are called a 'personal support person'.
The Act recognises this role as well as the rights and views of the person they are supporting.
A 'personal support person' for someone with mental illness, can be a:
- close family member
- nominated person
If you are the 'personal support person', you can seek the help of the Mental Health Advocacy Service on behalf of the person with the mental illness you support.
Resources for people supporting a person with a mental illness
- eLearning – If you are a new user please register and create a log-in (Mental Health Commission)
- Charter of Mental Health Care Principles:
- Mental Health Act 2014 - For Schedule 1 Charter of Health Care Principles, and definition of 'personal support person'
- Handbook – written by carers for carers