Changing the lives of carers and clients for over 25 years
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) has been providing programs and services to people with a mental illness, their carers and families for some 30 years. The organisation was initiated by a group of NT carers who recognised the need of a support service for people caring for someone with a mental illness. The group quickly identified and adopted the ARAFMI model that was developing in each state across Australia and in 1984 became incorporated as NTARAFMI. As the ARAFMI representative in the NT we also were a founding member of ARAFMI Australia
During the late 90’s NTARAFMI was also invited to become a founding member and NT representative of Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA). Having similar values and principles to MIFA as well as providing a range of services for both mental health carers and those living with a mental illness, NTARAFMI accepted the invitation.
Over this past decade it became evident that in the age of technology, ARAFMI was difficult to find on the internet with most people searching for the words “mental health” or “mental illness”. Consequently the ARAFMI name was reviewed at National level with the outcome being a name change to Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia (MHCAA) and the name Mental Health Carers NT being applied to the Northern Territory.
As our services continued to grow and the environment in which we provided services change to a person centred recovery model, in 2012 we again considered a name change. After many months of deliberation, it was decided to change our name to Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) to reflect the work we currently do.
We still continue as a grass roots organisation with the same values and principles as we did thirty years ago and continue to have a founding member on the board.