We understand that your role as a carer is vital to our patients’ health and wellbeing and we want to help and support you wherever we can.
Mental Health conditions and treatment
If you or the person you’re caring for need urgent help, contact your GP or call NHS 111.
If you want to find out more about a condition, please search NHS Choices.
You can find further help and information at:
You can also contact your local branch of The Samaritans for 24/7 emotional support.
You can find support with managing dementia by downloading our Dementia Handbook.
It’s important to remember to take care of yourself
We know it can be difficult to take a break from caring, but taking time out to go for a walk, chat with friends or play sports and games is vital to your own health. Making time to connect with others helps us to feel validated and function better.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious at any time, you can find help at:
- MIND tips for staying well (visit their website)
- Family Lives: support and advice (visit their website)
- Rethink Mental Illness (visit their website)
- Samaritans (visit their website)
- Young Minds (visit their website)
- Optalis (visit their website)
Know your rights
As a carer, you could be entitled to support from the local authority of the person you’re caring for. If the local authority hasn’t been in touch with you already, you can call them and request a Carers Assessment.
If you’re entitled to support from your local authority, you can either let them set up the support for you or ask for a direct payment to set it up yourself.
Local support for carers
If you need or someone you care for needs help, you can find a list of our services and how to get a referral on our website:
The 'Triangle of Care' is a therapeutic alliance between our service user, staff and carers that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains wellbeing.
We’ve been awarded two stars, meaning that we’ve completed our self-assessment in the inpatient and community services.
Our ‘Zero Suicide’ ambition, as of January 2017, is to drive down suicide rates for the people in our care.
You can find guides and support from the Mind website
You can also listen to how others have coped with depression and suicidal thoughts on the Healthtalk.org website
You can find a comprehensive list of resources and contact information on the Grassroots Suicide Prevention (ASSIST) website, including information around bereavement.