Mental ill-health is continues to have a significant impact on Australians, with one in five people experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression in a 12-month period (ABS, 2008). Severe depression and anxiety are particularly prevalent, comprising of 50% of mental illnesses (AIHW, 2016). However, with a large proportion of people with mental illness not engaged with professional services, the burden of providing care falls with the relatives, friends and social networks. It is the loved ones who have a relationship with the person who become the ‘carers’.
While caring can be very rewarding, we also know that carers experience depressive and anxiety symptoms more frequently than non-carers, and significantly more than the general population. Effective, evidence based interventions have the capacity to improve the physical, emotional, social and psychological impact of the person in the caring role. It is anticipated that these positive outcomes will also translate into a positive impact on the person being supported
Led by Everymind, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, this research project aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing, as well as prevent mental ill-health, of carers of adults experiencing anxiety or depressive symptoms. The project will provide direct access to an online prevention program and tailored resources for carers to prevent depression and anxiety symptoms, with the aim of increasing the reach of the program, and addressing a known gap in the current service provision network for carers.
Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing Women and Girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace. She takes an evidenced based approach to problem solving and social investment.
Lucy has more than 25 years’ experience commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs. In 2015, Lucy was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia.
- Chair & Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission
- Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
- Patron, Partners in Depression
- Patron, Lifeline Northern Beaches
- Friend, Carers NSW
- Ambassador, Kookaburra Kids
- Silver Medallion, Surf Lifesaving – Patrol at Bilgola Beach
- Founder & Patron, Sydney Women’s Fund
Jaelea Skehan is an internationally respected leader in the prevention of mental illness and the prevention of suicide. Jaelea is passionate about translating evidence into practice and building the capacity of individuals, families, organisations and communities to be involved in mental health and suicide prevention. [More]
Over the past 15 years, Frances has worked in a clinical research capacity with people experiencing psychotic disorders, depression, personality disorders, and alcohol/other drug use problems, with specific experience in the use of cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques among people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/other drug problems. [More]
Sally is a developmental and clinical psychologist who is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. She is particularly passionate about translating this knowledge into evidence-based programs that focus on children and families. [More]