Support for family and friend carers

One in every four carers in the UK looks after someone with a mental health problem, and of the 1.5 million carers in the UK, 50,000 of them are young carers under the age of 18. Carers play a vital role in supporting our work and achieving better outcomes for the people we care for.

Who is a carer?

A carer is someone who cares unpaid for a family member or friend, who due to an illness, physical disability or mental health problem may not be able to cope with day to day life without support. Anyone can be a carer and it’s important that carers are also supported, as the responsibility of being a carer can be a strain mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.

Working with family and friend carers

As a carer you are an important partner in our work, and can be involved in major decisions and support planning to help make sure that the person you care for gets the specific support and treatment they need. As well as helping you in your role as a carer we are here to: 

  • Support you as an individual
  • Provide emotional support
  • Be someone to talk to who understands the pressures you are under
  • Provide practical help on issues like financial benefits, help attending care support meetings or arranging respite care.

Click on the heading below to find out what is available to support you in your caring role.