It’s one of the hardest things to go through - experiencing someone you love going through mental distress or ill-health. The emotions are overwhelming – worry, frustration, exhaustion, anger. So many questions that are unanswered, and frustrations with what is happening to those we love. That is only the tip of the iceberg. We can feel like no one is listening to us, or our loved ones.
When we're a consumer of mental health services, we often aren't in a position to be able to see what could be better until we've progressed through it. It takes our experience to guide what could be better next time.
Becoming an advocate, either for ourselves or others, means we have an opportunity to influence change within the systems we've experienced. But where do you start with advocacy?
Our online training modules, recorded webinars and resources are specifically for consumers, families, carers and peer workers - from beginner through to the more experienced. These courses help you gain ideas and strategies for looking after yourself, understanding emotional triggers and give tips for getting your message heard and understood.
Most importantly, they give you the skills and confidence to find your voice to speak up for yourself and on behalf of others.
These courses are free and available now - click on the link below to access them.