Family and Carer Groups


A suite of group activities conducted over a number of weeks.  For example, ‘Building a Future’ and ‘Family Connections’ programs are for carers.


A number of our programs are tailored for Aboriginal people.


A carer is a person who is unpaid and provides ongoing care or assistance to another person.

They may work full-time or balance both a job and their caring responsibilities. Some may live with the person they care for, some live independently.

They come from all walks of life, all cultures and faiths, in all shapes and sizes and a range of ages.

A lived experience of mental illness could include Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, BPD, or any other personality disorder (with or without drug/alcohol involvement).



Pathways SouthWest uses an assessment tool to identify and develop a plan to address areas of carer concern or fatigue. The four major areas covered in this assessment are:

  • Emotional health & wellbeing of the carer;
  • Financial and legal implications of caring;
  • Relationship and lifestyle changes;
  • Understanding the illness and learning to cope.

Following an initial appointment, Pathways SouthWest  may be able to offer the following services:

  • Advocacy support related to the caring role;
  • Strategies to improve communication skills;
  • Individual support related to the caring role;
  • Peer support through “Share and Care” groups;
  • Psychoeducational programs;
  • Referral to other agencies and community service;
  • Self-care and respite strategies and options.

Pathways SouthWest is a flexible, responsive, not-for-profit organisation; providing services and support to those who care for someone with a mental illness, or those with a lived experience of mental illness.


Carers have rights and responsibilities in relation to the services they receive, including their right to privacy and confidentiality in accordance with the National Mental Health Standards.

For more information, see Pathways Statement of “Client Rights and Responsibilities” on our website.

Share and Care Group – a monthly support group for those who seek a safe place to receive encouragement and learn more about their family members mental illness. Attending the group reduces isolation and assists in taking better care of themselves.

Psychoeducational programs – conducted over a number of weeks, these courses assist carers gain knowledge and develop skills to help improve their caring role. Evening and daytime sessions may be available.

Moort Waangkiny – a monthly support group for carers within the Aboriginal community.


A referral is NOT required to access our Carer Program simply call 9791 1257 to make an appointment.


There is no cost to the carer to access the Pathways SouthWest Carer Program.