Minds Together for carers
This project aims to support the mental health and wellbeing, as well as prevent the mental ill-health, of carers of adults experiencing depression and/or anxiety.
Carers experience symptoms of depression and/or anxiety more frequently than non-carers, and significantly more than the general population.
Minds Together will deliver an online program and tailored resources to support mental health, with the aim of addressing a known gap in service provision for carers.
The development of Minds Together for carers has been based on the learning outcomes of Partners in Depression, a national group education program designed to address the information and support needs of those who love, live with or care for a person experiencing depression.
It has also been informed by a review of published research literature, a survey completed by 123 carers and an interview consultation with 20 carers undertaken between 2018 and 2019
The Minds Together for carers program is:
- Informed by carers
- Evidence driven
- Designed in collaboration with service providers
- Developed to incorporate capacity building, skill development and knowledge growth.
The program currently contains four modules which explore the caring journey, caring for yourself and others, what matters to you, and how to talk about it, as well as helpful strategies for everyday life.
Help us to test Minds Together for carers
Testing of the Minds Together for carers program will begin in June 2020 with people:
- Currently providing support and care for someone experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety,
- Living in Australia,
- Aged 16 years or older,
- Comfortable communicating in English, and
- Who have access to the internet and a computer.
Eligible participants will complete an online pre-survey, following which they will be randomised into one of two groups:
- Program – participants access the program for six weeks, before being asked to complete the post survey
- Wait-list – participants will wait for six weeks, then be asked to complete a post survey, before being given access to the program for six weeks
Results from the testing will be used to assess the usability of the online program and surveys, and whether carers trust, and would recommend the program to others. Findings from the testing will be used to adapt the program and its evaluation in preparation for a Randomised Control Trial later in 2020.
This project is one of two in the Minds Together suite of programs and resources designed to inform, empower and support the mental health and wellbeing of families, educators, carers and communities.
This research project is being conducted by Everymind. The project patron, Lucinda Brogden, is Chair of the National Mental Health Commission. A steering committee of key project stakeholder individual, including those with lived experience, and organisations continue to provide feedback at major stages of the project. This research is funded by the Federal Department of Health and has been approved by the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee of Hunter New England Local Health District (Reference 2019/ETH13025).