If you care for someone, this Carers Week you can find out more in this blog about what is available to support you.
What is a carer?
If you provide any kind of unpaid support or care to someone who is unwell or disabled, you may be a carer. This includes people with mental health problems. You don’t have to get paid to count as a carer. You could be a carer for a friend or family member.
If you care for another person, it can feel difficult to take time to look after yourself. But there are many ways to find support as a carer.
Self care for carers
Mind have lots of resources on their website, which may be useful.
Below, Mind have listed some self-care ideas that others have said they find helpful. Even trying one small thing might help you feel more able to cope.
- Share how you feel
- Try to be realistic
- Find ways to stay organised
- Support their independence
- Find positives in your relationship
- Take a break and make time for yourself
- Look after your physical health
Read more tips and access resources on the Mind website.
Support for carers
If you care for someone and live in Essex, there are some local organisations who may be able to help you (see below). We’ve also listed the national charities that support carers across the UK.
- Action for Family Carers
- Carers UK
- Carers Week
- Essex Carers Support
- NHS help for young carers
- Turn 2 Us
How we can help
We offer lots of different types of help to all ages. The way you access our services depends on the type of support you need and where you live.
Find out more about our services online today or get in touch to have a chat.
You can contact us from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 01206 764600 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will aim to reply during our opening hours