The Mental Health Carers Tasmania (MHCTas) Board is considering a name change for the organisation. One of our primary aims is to be a voice for those who voluntarily support people with mental ill health and to provide opportunities for them to express their views.
Many people are not comfortable with the term “carer”. They feel that the term does not reflect the nature of the relationship they have with the person they support.
In March 2018, the Sane Carers forum “Topic Tuesday” asked “Does the term Carer make you feel uncomfortable?” Feedback indicated that the term “Carer” can be seen as reflecting a role rather than a relationship. There was a view that we are husbands, wives, sons, sisters, family members and friends and that is why we care and support each other. Many people do not see themselves as carers. They are loving, caring and supporting because of relationships not simply out of a sense of duty or because they are employed to perform the role.
The Board is concerned that having “carer” in our name is a barrier to people engaging with us and people may miss out on support and education opportunities. It is very important that the people we seek to represent feel comfortable that we are keen to understand their situation and to respond to their views and needs in the most appropriate manner.
The survey will only take a few minutes and you can choose to enter the draw for a $50 gift voucher. We have a few suggested names to review.
The survey closes Wednesday 20th February. If you have any additional queries or comments you can contact us on 6228 7448 or firstname.lastname@example.org