Creating very clear roles and ensuring people with a lived experience of mental health issues work with and are managed by others with a lived experience are required for lived experience to be genuinely included in decision-making across the mental health sector.
That was one of the key messages from Systemic Mental Health System Advocate Debbie Hamilton when she gave the 2022 Wellways Public Lecture at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre in front of an audience of 107 and more than 250 online.
Young carers are front and center in a new short film created by the Wellways Carer Gateway Toowoomba team. Called The Young Carer Journey, the film highlights the enormous responsibility that young carers face on a daily basis. The film features 9-year-old Liam who cares for his great grandparents. Liam explains how his life is anything but ordinary, he has important responsibilities at home like cooking and cleaning the house, both before and after school.