Media Training and What is carer advocacy?
Carers ACT is proud to present a training day including Media Training and our “What is carer advocacy?” courses. As the peak body for mental health carers in the ACT we support carers to participate in creating positive change in the mental health sector.
Media Training will be presented by Greg Turnbull who has extensive experience working with media organisations and running corporate media trainings. The aim of this session will be to help carers feel comfortable speaking to the media and/or speak in public forums about advocacy issues. In this hands on workshop you'll have the opportunity to learn how to prepare for speaking to media or in a public forum and learn skills regarding answering questions about your story.
This training shall;
- Begin with Greg's Media Training session
- Introduce you to the Mental Health Carer’s Voice program,
- Look at the different ways carers can engage in systemic advocacy, and,
- Provide the skills and knowledge to become a carer advocate!
Who are mental health carers?
Mental health carers are family or friends of people who have a mental illness or mental health disorder. They provide 'informal supports' for a wide variety of needs including help with managing appointments, organising transportation, providing support to make decisions, financial assistance and emotional support. As mental illness and mental health disorders can have fluctuating needs, sometimes mental health carers will provide a lot of support and sometimes less.
Why do mental health carers need to be involved in systemic advocacy?
In developing any mental health service or policy, it is important that all the people that will be using it or affected by it have a say in its development. At Carers ACT we are strong proponents of the "Nothing About Us, Without Us" catchphrase. Mental health carers often have a great deal of interaction with mental health services as well as wider services including AFP, Centrelink, Housing and more.We believe that in order to make the ACT Mental Health System great, it needs to take on board feedback from the carers as well.