Families, carers and nominated persons

For people who provide personal support to people with mental illness.

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:

  • carer
  • close family member
  • nominated person
  • parent
  • guardian 

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 

Page reviewed 11 May 2022