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Navigating the Acute

Mental Health System

in Canberra

A Guide for Families and Carers
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About The Guide

This Guide is for carers, that is, people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a mental illness. It provides you with the information you need at different stages of accessing acute mental health care.

Navigating the Acute Mental Health System

This Guide provides you with information to navigate a system which can be hard to understand. It explains what you, and the person you care for, can expect from the public acute mental health system, and where you can go for assistance.

Navigating the Acute Mental Health System in Canberra

This Guide is for carers, that is, people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a mental illness.

It provides you with the information you need at different stages of accessing acute mental health care.

About The Guide

The Guide is divided into four main sections. Each section identifies the main points of contact you can go to for support, and provides strategies and tips for working effectively with the acute mental health system.

About Carers ACT

Carers ACT is a member of the National Network of Carers Associations. We are a non-government, not-for-profit association that relies on public and private sector support to fulfill our mission with, and on behalf of, carers.