Friday, 22 September 2017

Useful Contacts for Mental Health Carers

I have compiled some Useful websites and telephone details for those in a caring role, some of these i have used and some i have not but feel others might find helpful


Carers Trust

https://carers.org/article/mental-health

This is a great website with which offers links to The Royal College of Psychiatrists with fact sheets on mental health, personal stories that i can really relate to and some great advice on how to manage and prioritise yourself. 

Mind

https://mind.org.uk/

This is a general mental Health advice and guidance website so really helpful to understand what the person you are caring for is going through. It also has a fab sub section on the Cares role here-
https://mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/carers-friends-family-coping-support/am-i-a-carer/?

In my opinion this is one of the best sites for help and advice as it covers financial advice as well as well as exploring the actual carers role and how to maintain your own well-being. 

Rethink mental Illness

https://www.rethink.org/

This a really useful website with lots of information and advice on mental health. I especially love the fact that this site has web chat which is available from 10am to 1pm and a telephone helpline open daily between 9.30am and 4pm.

The Carers UK Forum
https://www.carersuk.org/forum

I used this forum a lot when i first became a carer. It has many experienced contributors and really helped me when i was trying to understand the different areas of financial support i could get. It has lots of sub forums so there are many conversations happening and there always seems to be someone around to chat. It is important to remember when using forums that the writers are not professionals and can only draw on their own experiences to offer advice. 

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