You are a carer if you look after someone who has a long-term disability, mental health difficulty, or is frail due to old age, and you are not paid for the care you provide. You may be helping them with personal care, practical care, or emotional support.
As many as one in four people experience some form of mental health problems. Caring for someone with mental health problems bring unique challenges. In Birmingham a carer support service specifically aimed at people caring for someone with a mental health condition is run by Home Group. The service also provides support for young carers who may be caring for a parent or sibling. You can get more information here.
For more information for people dealing with those challenges of caring for somone with a mental health condition you can go to:
Most carers have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs. It is a chance to discuss with the social services department of the local authority what help they need to be able to carry on caring.
- More information on carers assessments is available here.
- Useful contacts
- Rethink Mental Illness was established by carers. Their aim was to give them, and those they care for, a voice in every aspect of mental health provision. Rethink believes that carers play an invaluable role in helping people recover from severe mental illness and that they should be acknowledged, valued and supported.
- MIND is a national mental health charity. It is made up of a number of local, affiliated charities providing a range of services including information and advice, supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.
- Birmingham City Council – My Care in Birmingham. Information on a whole host of free or low-cost services for carers and the adults they care for – from the council, NHS and voluntary sector.
- Birmingham Carers Centre.