About Us

Mental Health Carers Australia is the only national advocacy group solely concerned with the well-being and promotion of the needs of mental health carers.  

Our Mission
To Be the voice of mental health carers to enable the best life possible

Our Vision
The leading national voice

Brief History

Mental Health Carers Australia grew out of the national movement of ARAFMI organisations across Australia. Originally ARAFMI was an acronym for Association of Relatives And Friends of the Mentally Ill.

The first ARAFMI group was formed in Sydney in 1975 by a concerned group of carers who identified the need for a service that would specifically address the concerns of carers, relatives and friends.

The movement quickly spread to other States and to the  Territories and ARAFMI became the primary provider of services for carers of people with a mental illness in Australia.

Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia was incorporated in October 1998.

Now we are known as Mental Health Carers Australia.

Find out more about our members

Member organisations have been providing information and support to carers across Australia for over 40 years.  They seeks to advocate on behalf of mental health carers, explore and strengthen the mental health caring role, develop knowledge, improve skills and offer support to reduce isolation and enhance the caring journey.

Mental Health Carers Australia member organisations across Australia are:

Our members are central to our advocacy structure of taking the grassroots experience of carers and translating that to the national voice of mental health carers.