Caring for a person living with dementia can be difficult and challenging. There are times when you may feel you need emotional support to help you handle your feelings about these challenges.
This support can involve counselling from a health professional including your GP, a psychologist or a counsellor.
You can speak to your GP to find the right support for you or contact one of organisations below who offer counselling services.
A free telephone service providing information and advice to people living with dementia, carers, health workers and aged care workers. This service also provides emotional guidance and government support information. Operates Monday to Friday, 8am–8pm.
National online and phone service providing practical information, counselling and resources to support carers. Operates Monday to Friday, 8am–6pm.
A service providing support for people with dementia through a number of free specific counselling services and therapy programs.
A pathway for your GP to refer you to mental health professionals, such as psychologists and social workers, that allows you to access Medicare rebates for up to 20 appointments in a calendar year. Costs for the care plan depends on your GP’s billing schedule.
A website and telephone service connecting you to mental health support services in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region. Operates Monday to Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm.
A search tool to help you find registered counsellors. Type your suburb in the search box to find counsellors near you.
As a caregiver, you may face new responsibilities and challenges that can change your routine. It's important to find support to make sure you're taking care of yourself too so that caregiving is more rewarding for you and the person for whom you're caring.
You can access programs in the Brisbane North and Moreton Bay regions to help you look after yourself.
A free, face-to-face service that connects carers with coaches to assist in managing the ongoing challenges of the caring role. This program is individualised to support the differing needs of carers.
A phone service that connects you with a coach to assist in creating a plan based on your life goals. They also offer training, education, volunteering and employment services at no cost.
An organisation offering respite and emergency respite accommodation, and providing unique wellness programs to support the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of unpaid carers. It's located in Samford Valley.
A free confidential phone-based personal health coaching service that supports you to make healthy lifestyle choices. Operates Monday to Friday, 8am–8pm.
Support groups can provide a safe space for caregivers to meet, support each other, share tips, and socialise.
You can find your nearest carer support group here:
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